‘Stranger Things:’ A major character was originally set to die in season 1

Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Stranger Things” Seasons 1 and 2

Well, Hawkins fans, it turns out that one of your favorite characters was close to being cut from Season 2 altogether.

Millie Bobby Brown’s much-memed, costume-copied, levitating, telekinetic “Eleven” wasn’t originally going to make it past the first season. In fact, there wasn’t even going to be a second season upon the Duffer Brothers’ first pitch.

“Maybe I shouldn’t say this because I like to pretend that it was all planned out, but it was originally pitched as a limited series,” Ross Duffer said during a recent Master Class Q&A session at Chapman University (via Cinemablend). “So it was like, Eleven was gonna sacrifice herself and save the world and then that was gonna be it, because there was a moment where limited series were a big deal.”

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 06: Millie Bobby Brown (L) and Gaten Matarazzo attend Netflix's 'Stranger Things' For Your Consideration event at Netflix FYSee Space on June 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images For Netflix)
Cast members Caleb McLaughlin (L), Millie Bobby Brown and Gaten Matarazzo from the television series "Stranger Things" pose during a Netflix/Fysee event, California U.S., June 6, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Cast members Caleb McLaughlin (L), Millie Bobby Brown and Gaten Matarazzo from the television series "Stranger Things" pose during a Netflix/Fysee event, California U.S., June 6, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
FILE PHOTO: The cast of "Stranger Things" poses with the awards they won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series backstage at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo
The cast of Stranger Things accepts their award for Ensemble in a Drama Series during the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 06: (L-R) Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin attend the 'Stranger Things' FYC event at Netflix FYSee Space on June 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor Gaten Matarazzo attends the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: (L-R) Actors Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, and Caleb McLaughlin attend the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Cocktail Reception at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: (L-R) Actors Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo and Noah Schnapp attend the 2017 MTV Movie And TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Actor Gaten Matarazzo attends Camp IZZE to celebrate the launch of IZZE FUSIONS on April 8, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Izze Fusions)
(L-R) Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Millie Bobby Brown arrives for the 68th Emmy Awards on September 18, 2016 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. / AFP / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0524 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actors Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, and Millie Bobby Brown during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on August 31, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0524 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jimmy Fallon as Steve Harrington, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Millie Bobby Brown as Jane 'Eleven' Ives, and A.D. Miles as Barb during the 'Stranger Things' parody on August 31, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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But the Duffer Brothers (other half: Matt Duffer) were instructed to expand the story while pitching to Netflix, thankfully saving our Eggo-loving friend.

“This is where the business side comes in,” Ross Duffer continued. “When we started pitching it, it was like, ‘We don’t make money off of limited series.’ And I remember when we went into Netflix and we pitched this they were like, ‘Well, we like this but how could it keep going?’ And you’re just sort of riffing in the moment and we were like ‘well Will’s back from this other dimension and he’s not doing very well.’ And they were like, ‘Great!'”

While Eleven sacrificing herself at the end of Season 1 makes a lot of sense, we can barely even imagine Season 2 without Eleven’s ghost Halloween costume, breakfasts with Hopper (David Harbour) and her “b—-in'” new wardrobe. Oh, and we definitely don’t think we could bear to miss that super-’80s dance scene with Eleven and Mike (Finn Wolfhard). So we’re going to go re-watch the show and make some Eggos in gratitude that Eleven is still with us.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Millie Bobby Brown (L) and Maddie Ziegler attend the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Maddie Ziegler attends the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Millie Bobby Brown attends the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Millie Bobby Brown (L) and Maddie Ziegler attend the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Maddie Ziegler attends the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Millie Bobby Brown attends the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Millie Bobby Brown attends the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
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