'Stranger Things' season 3 will explore more of that 'Dad Steve' magic that fans have loved so far
Steve Harrington came in like the biggest disaster with his shallow personality but he soon went on to become the boy with the biggest heart.
There can be nothing more charming than a man who loves kids, even if they are a bunch of annoying teenagers, and our boy Steve Harrington (played by Joe Keery) is just the perfect fit for the role. 'Stranger Things' brought to us a group of young people who are more lit than the adults around them, and time and again, they don't mind lifting up the baton to fight a few creatures from the Upside Down. Starring Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), and Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), these kids are about to venture into some darker corners of the other dimension in season 3, and let's just say Dad Steve is here to help.
Coming from the Duffer Brothers (Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer), 'Stranger Things' might be great when it comes to visualization but the show lacks the depth that should have been developed through its characters. While most characters have basically no progression throughout Season 1 and 2, it is only in Joe Keery's character that we find the story taking a deeper plunge. We were introduced to Steve in Season 1 as Nancy Wheeler's boyfriend who is nothing more than a stereotypical high school jock, and sort of doesn't care about anything, not even his relationship. For almost the entire season, the audience was left under the impression that this boy is going nowhere with his life and certainly doesn't deserve a girl as good as Nancy.
However, towards the end of Season 1, we saw a different side of Steve. Although he continued being rude to Jonathan, who has been silently in love with Nancy, Steve ultimately saves the day by defeating the creature from Upside Down. Season 2 set the road for Steve to travel greater distances and his character gradually became one of the fan favorites. Let's just say a lot of that credit goes to his ability to transform all his anger into affection while dealing with kids, and just how selfless he can get in order to live up to a promise he made. Steve went from being a jock to reliable dad material and literally stole the show in Season 2, and now we cannot wait to see what happens with him in Season 3.
Steve's character is one of those instances where you see a person undergoing some devastating experiences before they reach their tipping point from where everything changes for them. Steve's breaking point was when he realized that Nancy no longer loved him. Not only that, she had even undermined him, claiming that he was selfish and did not know or try to understand things about other people. He lost his ground when Nancy drew a comparison between him and Jonathan, just to make Steve realize how undeserving he was of all the love. However, as we all witnessed, Steve went on to become the guy who deserves all the love he can get.
Steve's development was highlighted in his relation with Dustin in Season 2. Steve not only helped Dustin face off the creatures from the Upside Down but the fact that he can be just as affectionate as any other character on the show was established when he helped the infatuated teenager get over his feelings for Max (Sadie Sink). Like a real father, Steve gave Dustin some reality checks but in a way that the kid wouldn't entirely lose hope on love. Somewhere, Steve genuinely cared about Dustin and it showed when he willingly helped Dustin get ready for his first prom night. Although Dustin did not end up with Max, who was already attracted to Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), he still maintained that had it not been for 'Dad Steve', he would have never gotten over Max.
Check out their perfect bromance right here:
Fortunately, Steve will have a major role to play in Season 3. Producer and director Shawn Levy had mentioned, "We’ll definitely get to see some more of Steve Harrington in Season 3, and I’ll just say we won’t be abandoning the Dad Steve magic. I don’t want to say much more, but I literally feel that we were walking along and we stumbled onto a gold mine with Dad Steve.” Also, we do hope that Steve finally gets a girl who sees this loving side to him and appreciates him for who he has become.
'Stranger Things' Season 3 releases on Netflix on July 4, 2019.