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Good Guy Steve actor Joe Keery shares his feelings of leaving Netflix's Stranger Things behind after season 5

“It’ll be weird to say goodbye"

Joe Keery as Steve in Stranger Things season 4
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Sure, we’re all excited to see Stranger Things season five finally arrive on Netflix, but we’ll all be a bit sad as well. After all, it has been part of our lives since 2016, but it has been part of the cast’s lives even longer. Joe Keery, who has played “Good Guy” Steve Harrington since the first season, recently reflected on his conflicted feelings about leaving Stranger Things behind for good after the next season.

The interview in question was primarily about Keery’s role in Fargo’s fifth season, but no entertainment journalist would be able to resist picking his brain about the upcoming season of Stranger Things. “It’s been a core part of everyone’s lives, and had such a profound impact on my life, and what basically made my career. I owe so much to everybody there,” he explained. “I love the story that we’re telling and the references of the movies I grew up with.”

However, that doesn’t mean Joe Keery isn’t ready to leave Hawkins behind. “It’ll be weird to say goodbye, obviously. But there’s a part of every story that has to end and it feels like we’re getting towards it… I think everyone probably feels that way.”

It isn’t surprising that Keery is feeling conflicted about leaving the role of Steve behind. It certainly expanded his acting profile in a huge way and opened up plenty of doors, the same way it seems to have with his season four co-star Joseph Quinn, who has gone on to land roles in A Quiet Place: Day One and the MCU’s take on the Fantastic Four. But, after nearly a decade of Stranger Things being the dominating factor in his life, Keery can be forgiven for wanting to head to pastures new.

Netflix's Stranger Things is heading into its grand finale - of the main show that is. While you wait, make sure you've watched all of the franchise (including the spinoffs in books and comics) with our Stranger Things guide, know who the Stranger Things season 5 cast, and what Dustin actor Gaten Matarazzo things would make the show better (more deaths). .

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