Warning: The following story containx spoilers from the 7th episode of Stranger Things‘ third season — proceed at your own peril.
Holy bait-and-switch, Batman. The penultimate episode of Stranger Things Season 3 found Maya Hawke’s breakout character, Robin, dropping a truth bomb on partner in crime Steve: she’s a lesbian.
Her confession came immediately on the heels of Steve coming clean about the romantic feelings he has for her, which only compounded his shock and awe. In fact, it took a minute for Steve to realize what the audience was already well on its way to piecing together.
“I’m not like your other friends,” Robin cryptically hinted to him. “And I am not like Nancy Wheeler.” She then clarified that the student she was crushing on in high school was not him — it was Tammy Thompson (who had a thing for him). “I wanted her to look at me,” she explained, fighting back tears. “But she couldn’t pull her eyes away from you and your stupid hair. And I didn’t understand because you would get bagel crumbs all over the floor. And you asked dumb questions. And you were a douchebag. And you didn’t even like her. And I would go home and just scream into my pillow.”
After a clueless Steve reminded Robin that, “Tammy Thompson is… a girl,” she shot him back a look that screamed, “Come on, dude: Connect the gay dots!” And connect ’em he did. “Holy sh-t,” he exclaimed, before (rather quickly) reassuring her — without having to literally reassure her — that her sexuality is, like, totally awesome. His only quibble: That she wasted her time pining over “a total dud” like Tammy Thompson.
What did you think of Stranger Things‘ big coming-out moment? Did you see it coming? Were you surprised it wasn’t Will making the big declaration? Weigh in below!