The Nancy Wheeler/Jonathan Byers love story finally came to fruition in the third season of Stranger Things, as the young couple finally had a chance to explore their romantic relationship. Unfortunately for them, that opportunity was short-lived. Following the battle at Starcourt Mall, and the perceived loss of Jim Hopper, Nancy Byers took her kids (Eleven included) and moved away from Hawkins, seemingly for good. Nancy and Jonathan now find themselves in different parts of the country, which was nearly impossible to pull off back in the 80s.
I think Nancys lonely, Dyer said. With Jonathan leaving, who can she relate to? Whos there? I mean, its the 80s, so its not like you can just hop on Skype or FaceTime. Its a big break. It feels a little bit like the end of an era. But that instinct Nancy has, that curiosity and determination, I think its just part of her personality. Shes not going to forget that part of herself. I can really see that going further.
Heaton echoed similar sentiments, saying that their upcoming lives away from one another would certainly be difficult.
Theres a distance there now, and distance is a hard thing in a relationship, the actor explained.
Being apart will be tough for Nancy and Jonathan, but also to viewers who had been rooting for their relationship throughout the series. The couple spent the first two seasons in this will they, wont they sort of place, and it wasnt until Season 3 that they actually began a real relationship. Now thats gone. Their previous friendship makes challenges easier for them, but this distance will be hard to overcome.
Jonathan and Nancy have always been on the same team, and they both strive for the same goals, said Heaton. They both challenge each other as well. They can understand what the other has been through. This is the first season where you see Jonathan and Nancy in a full relationship, you see what that looks like. But theyre also in this work environment. What starts to show are their social differences. For Jonathan, this job means a lot. Hes very focused on his responsibilities, and he believes that Nancy doesnt have to work as hard. He cant see what shes having to go through. Theyve always been fighting for a cause together in a high-stakes environment. You put them in a real-world scenario, and they start struggling. As the season gets more into the supernatural when they start fighting this monster, they put aside these small quarrels, and then ultimately, they fight for each other.
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