In an interview with The Wrap, Millie called the Duffer brothers “sensitive Sallies” and encouraged them to go down the path of Game of Thrones, known for its brutal culling of characters. She joked that they now struggle to take a group photo because there are too many cast members, so the writers “need to start killing people off!”
She even volunteered her own character, Eleven, for the chopping block and joked that when the Duffers do try to kill a main character, they just bring them back again, like with Hopper.
Responding to Millie’s jokey criticism, the brothers said they had explored all options in the writing room, but the deaths had to be right for the show.
Matt told the Happy Sad Confused podcast: “Just as a complete hypothetical, if you kill Mike, it’s like… that’s depressing… we aren’t game of Thrones. This is Hawkins, it’s not Westeros. The show becomes not stranger things anymore, because you do have to treat it realistically, right?”
He went on to state the difference between game of Thrones and stranger things when it comes to dealing with character deaths, stating that “even when Barb dies [back in Season 1]there’s two seasons worth of grappling with that, so imagine — is that something we’re interested in exploring or not interested in exploring?”
The writer duo did, however, tease that more deaths could be on the table as they head toward the end of the series. As for Millie, jokes aside, she confirmed that she fully trusts the Duffer brothers and their creative process, saying “What they’ve seen for Eleven has always been amazing and something I’ve always supported.”