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10 Strong Things Reasons Billy Hargrove Should Have Lived

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Billy Hargrove was the main antagonist in Stranger Things 3, but he didn’t have to die. It would have been more exciting to keep him alive.

Season three of Stranger Things continued the adrenaline ride that the show had taken its audience on for the previous two seasons. Still, one of the program’s supporting characters and antagonists from season two was thrust into the spotlight for season three.

In season two, Billy Hargrove, the frightening, borderline psychotic bully who terrorized his stepsister Max, Steve Harrington, and the rest of the party was unlucky enough to run into the Mind Flayer in season three’s opening become his leading flayer for the rest of the season.

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The 10 strongest things in Billy Hargrove’s life.

Billy Hargrove

Billy didn’t make it through the season, but taking him off so abruptly and in the manner in which they did looks like a significant miscalculation.

His character still had a lot of untapped potential, and there were a lot of aspects of his characterization and storyline that needed to be resolved that he’ll never receive. Here are ten reasons why Billy Hargrove should have been alive.

Because He Was Their Only Regular Opponent

Stranger Things as a TV programme is one of the most captivating and delightful because it flawlessly blends the extraordinary with the mundane. The ensemble of characters is a motley crew we can all identify on some level, even though they are constantly thrust into ridiculous scenarios.

And, while the crew spends the majority of their screen time fighting harmful government agents or inter-dimensional entities, having a guy like Billy provided a strange break. He’s an antagonist, to be sure, but he’s the kind of enemy that the audience is used to seeing.

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Because the Neverending Story shouldn’t be held accountable for homicide.

A significant segment of the Stranger Things fan base has picked up on something that is both sad and ridiculous. Suzie’s desire that Dustin gives her a full-length dynamic version of The Neverending Story’s theme song when things are finally coming to a head with the Mind Flayer indirectly led to the deaths of both Billy and Chief Hopper.

The entire team would have likely been able to conquer the Mind Flayer and keep everyone alive if they hadn’t squandered that extra time on an unexpected interstate musical routine.

Billy was dealt an unfavourable hand.

Billy’s entrance to the Stranger Things universe makes him out to be a super-powered version of Steve Harrington from season one. He was the new popular man who enjoyed terrorizing the school’s losers, but he had a dark streak that signalled something much more serious was going on. His deep dark secret wasn’t disclosed until the very end of season two.

The new town stud/psycho, Billy Hargrove was nothing more than an abused child venting his fury and bewilderment on anybody and everything who got in his way. And, sadly, he never progressed beyond that because he died.

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Because he should have had to deal with the fact that he was a jerk.

To be sure, Billy didn’t get off to a good start in life, but that doesn’t excuse his conduct. The abuse he received was unquestionably wrong, but the harm he inflicted on others was also unquestionably wrong.

Billy didn’t seem to have many moments of self-insight throughout his journey in seasons two and three, and while there were subtle clues that he may have regretted his acts at times, the one apparent moment of change was the few seconds before he died. However, there would have been more character development for him to be forced to accept his actions and make restitution to those he had wronged.

Dacre Montgomery is responsible for this.

In Billy’s first season on the show, Dacre Montgomery did an excellent job of presenting Billy Hargrove as a perplexed adolescent who might look to be entirely insane or completely charming depending on his mood. However, Dacre Montgomery performed an outstanding job in season three portraying that character and the Mind Flayer and Billy Hargrove, who was possessed by the Mind Flayer.

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Montgomery’s possessed plotline allowed him to show off his enormous acting abilities, and an actor who can portray multiple roles at once is not the kind of performer you want to get rid of from your programme.

Because he was a fascinating figure

It would be incorrect to argue that most of the characters on Stranger Things live either idealised or horrific lives, but they do tend to exist on opposite ends of the spectrum. Either their life experiences are utterly exceptional and bizarre (such as El and Will’s) or their lives appear to be happy and ordinary (such as El and Will’s) (like the rest of the party).

Billy was an interesting addition to the programme because he was in the thick of everything. His life was far from perfect, but his troubles were ones that many people can understand and connect to.

Because Seeing Him In The Group Would Have Been Cool

It’s a little too simple to compare Billy and Steve, but they do seem to be very similar in many aspects. For the majority of the first season, Steve was an antagonist, but as he was drawn into the supernatural drama that everyone else was dealing with, he was forced to merge with the rest of the gang.

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Billy was also accidentally drawn into the El vs. Mind Flayer brawl, and it would have been fascinating to see how he dealt with the knowledge of what exists out there in the world and the fact that the only people he could truly relate to about it were the individuals he had tormented.

As a result of Hopper stealing his thunder

The vast majority of Stranger Things viewers are understandably suspicious about whether or not Jim Hopper died at the conclusion of this season, but the mystery of what happened to him and whether or not he was killed or not took the spotlight away from Billy’s death.

The fight between the Mind Flayer and everyone else was a high-stakes battle, so it was understandable if the human side suffered some casualties. However, it seemed like a waste of narrative resources to kill off two of the major characters so close together, and losing a supporting antagonist will obviously be overlooked if the male lead dies soon after.

We Didn’t Get Enough Of His Backstory

El’s voyage into Billy’s head was one of the more intriguing aspects of season three, and the entire battle with Neil, as well as the clearly problematic dynamic of the entire Hargrove-Mayfield household, created a lot of basis for a rich and emotionally complicated tale.

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But now that Billy is dead, it appears that no one will ever see that storyline. Stranger Things has been fairly short on character backstories for the most part, but when it comes to Billy, it feels like they provided the audience just enough information to pique their interest without ever delivering on that interest.

Because Death Doesn’t Always Equal Resurrection

This cliche has become ridiculously overused in television and cinema, so it would have been good to see Stranger Things take a fresh approach with Billy. When writers introduce an opponent to their storey, it’s typical for them to redeem that antagonist by allowing them to sacrifice their lives for the greater good in some fashion, but this is a cop-out.

Demonstrating the ability to be kind and compassionate does not instantaneously erase all of a person’s bad deeds, and it would be far more interesting to watch a malicious character who needs to do more to earn their redemption than have one last great moment.

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