Stranger Things
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By Ashley Hoffman
August 19, 2016

Some Stranger Things fans may have been surprised to see that Nancy Wheeler ended up with popular Steve instead of Jonathan. But like the show’s creators, actor Natalia Dyer believes it makes total sense that Jonathan wasn’t the right choice for Nancy at the time.

In a new interview with Cosmopolitan, Dyer explained why Nancy goes with Steve, the guy who proved himself to be a bit of a jerk with truly stellar redeeming qualities.

“I will say that the Duffers [Matt and Jeff Duffer, who wrote and directed the thriller] and the three of us all discussed it, and I think if you look at the storyline as practically as you can, all of these events take place over a very short period of time. Nancy’s only just met Jonathan, and Steve really has a bit of a turnaround. Also, Jonathan is dealing with all of this stuff on his end, with Will coming back and with his mom, and Nancy has the loss of Barb. As far as it goes, by the end of the season, it doesn’t seem like the timing is right for Nancy to be making any moves toward Jonathan. It seems right for where they all are at the time.”

That’s a lot of believable reasons without any mention of Steve’s irresistible hair. Dyer went on to say that scoring a life partner isn’t a top priority for Nancy, what with the loss of Barb and all.

“My thing is Nancy’s got a lot more on her plate by the end of the show than just worrying about who to date.”

Dyer had discussed the ending with the show’s creators who previously, in an interview with Variety called Steve “the biggest douchebag on the planet,” but explained why they decided on a Nancy-Steve ending.

Ross said that while life was top of the pops for Jonathan after he found his brother, Nancy was still in mourning so she turned to Steve. Matt added “it felt almost more real to us that she would wind up back with Steve, this heartthrob who she’s had a crush on for a long time.”

Just in case anyone was holding out hope for Jonathan, this should be the final word for now. Congratulations as always to the popular kid.

[Cosmopolitan]

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