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This Is Why We Should All Love Steve From "Stranger Things" Now

A masterclass in character development, TBH.

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🚨🚨🚨 WARNING: THIS POST WILL OBVIOUSLY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR SEASON 2 OF STRANGER THINGS. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK. 🚨🚨🚨

OK, so, if you're anything like me, you probably spent the last weekend binge-watching the new season of Stranger Things and then yelling at your TV/computer/handheld device because you have to wait a whole year for Season 3.

And you are now probably shocked to find yourself rooting for the last character you ever expected to root for: Steve Harrington.

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Let's recap, shall we? Last season, Steve was just a guy with really tall hair who was also a bit of an asshole.

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He never listened to what Nancy said and made her feel stupid for worrying about Barb, he broke Jonathan's camera on purpose (even though, yes, Jonathan was being kind of creepy at the time), and then he called Nancy a slut via graffiti just because he saw her with Jonathan. Oh, and his friends were all the actual worst.

First of all, in the year that's passed since Season 1, Steve has become a way better boyfriend to Nancy.

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He goes with her to dinner with Barb's parents, which is a world away from the Steve of Season 1, who tried to convince Nancy she was ~just being paranoid~ about Barb's disappearance, even though Barb was dead and covered in slug juice in the Upside Down at the time.

Instead of being a grade-A asshole about his breakup with Nancy, Steve becomes unlikely allies with Dustin and actually starts being a useful person.

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And by the end of the season, he's basically become an adoptive dad to all the kids whose parents seem to be totally oblivious to the fact that they're all in serious danger.

He repeatedly puts his own life on the line to keep the others safe, takes a serious beating from Billy when he defends Lucas, and stops the kids from running straight into danger at least 400 times per episode.

And even though he pretends it's in his own best interests, you KNOW it's because he actually genuinely cares about them.

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We got to see more of Dustin's family life this season, and it seems like his dad isn't around, which makes his relationship with Steve even more heartwarming.

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Steve not only helps to protect Dustin on countless occasions, but he also gives him advice on how to do his hair and tips to impress girls. He basically becomes a combination of friend and father figure to Dustin when his friends are all distracted by girls and demogorgons and his mom is preoccupied with her cat.

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