Sean Astin, who played lovable Bob Newby on season two of Netflix’s Stranger Things, opened up about that scene in an interview with Business Insider this weekend.
Warning: Spoilers. Seriously – close this out until you’ve finished the season!
I don’t think I’m alone in saying this, but towards the end of season two, I was a wreck. As of the time of this writing, I’m still in mourning. How? Why? Did I really see what I think I saw?
Yes, unfortunately, I did, and what I’m talking about is the death of Bob Newby. It hurts to even type that. Honestly – I don’t remember the last time I was this upset by a TV show. Damn you, Sean Astin! Why’d you have to play such an amazing character? Between Samwise Gamgee and Bob Newby, you’re constantly pissing me off by being so consistently GOOD all the time. It’s like you’ve studied under Tom Hanks or something.
The actor opened up to Business Insider in a video interview about the scene on the show, and why he doesn’t think we need #JusticeForBob like we needed #JusticeForBarb. What is it about characters whose names start with a “B” that the Duffer Brother’s hate so much? Couldn’t they just have named Astin’s character, I don’t know, Gary or something, and have saved him? My heart! Oh, God, it hurts!
Astin also says that he thought it felt good when he read the scene because he went down like a hero. Maybe that’s true, but for me, it doesn’t feel so good right now. I just need some time to heal.
Here’s the full video. *group hug*