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Mashable directly asked actor Dacre Montgomery (Billy) something I’d been wondering about since I finished Stranger Things 2: is Billy attracted to Steve Harrington?

“We were talking about this idea of Billy being threatened by Steve or emasculated in some way. He gets uprooted and taken to this town. I definitely agree with the element of that question, that’s an interesting… I hadn’t heard that one. I think he feels threatened by Steve, but we hadn’t really gone into that. It’s interesting.”

Joe Keery (Steve) seemed far open to that interpretation in a recent interview with Vulture, saying, “I think maybe we’ll touch upon that next year.” So we may find out the real canonical answer soon enough.

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As we covered in a recent Stranger Things Bits, the kiss between Max (Sadie Sink) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) at the end of season 2 wasn’t in the original script and was added by the Duffers after they realized Sink was “stressed out” by the idea. Speaking with The Wrap, Sink clarified her reaction to being asked to do the scene:

“I mean, of course I was nervous because it’s a first kiss, right? But I never objected to [it] or felt pushed into anything…I always felt comfortable and the Duffer Brothers, they do the best job. And always create a comfortable space. And if I felt uncomfortable with anything, I wouldn’t have done it.”

ScreenRant points us to this tweet from the East Lansing Police department in Lansing, Michigan, in which they jokingly threaten to unleash Stranger Things 2 spoilers on potential criminals.

Dustin Bronto

InsideTheMagic points out that the purple sweatshirt that Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) wears in season 2 promoting the Science Museum of Minnesota has become something of a hot item on social media, with the museum bringing back the vintage design and adding them to their store. You can order one here, but beware: the digital lines might be pretty long.

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And finally, actor David Harbour (Jim Hopper) spoke with Variety about whether or not he thinks his character will ultimately end up with Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder):

“Look, ever since I read the pilot I loved the relationship with Hopper and Joyce. I consider it a little bit like “Chinatown,” with Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson. These are two lost, broken people who need each other but are so prideful and messed up that they’ll never admit it. It’s great to allow that to play out over several seasons…

I think that we’ll have to see where that goes in the future. I don’t know that ultimately they’re quite right for each other. Talk about problems! If Eleven is difficult, imagine him and Joyce. There would be nightmare fights! Him being prideful and emotionally shut down and unavailable. But I do think he feels something for her, because she knew him in high school, too. Those friends who knew you back in high school when the world was an open book, when we had all this potential — she can still see that in him. He can see that in her. It’s a special connection. I think that’s something that’s very deep between them. We’ll have to see where that goes in future seasons. But I root for some happiness for Joyce and Hopper. If they can find that together, that would be great. But we’ll see.”

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