Robin comes out to Steve
Duffer Brothers love the ‘80s (duh!), but they're also skilled at subverting expectations for a modern audience. When Robin (Maya Hawke) and Steve (Joe Keery) share laughs at Scoops Ahoy, it’s assumed they'll fall in love at the end – right until this beautifully written toilet scene in Chapter Seven.
After Steve reveals his feelings for her (in the third person), Robin is
reticent to reveal the truth. She claims that if he knew her, he ‘wouldn’t want
to be her friend’. This was the ‘80s, after all, when coming out was a lethal risk. Robin doesn’t even say she’s gay, but
admits her affection for Tammy Thompson, a girl who fancied Steve at school.
eventually, understands. His reaction shows how much he’s changed since the
first season, from bully to best friend, as he laughs about Tammy Thompson’s ludicrous singing
voice. He doesn't care that she's gay. As a result, their friendship grows stronger.