my favorite thing about all the (potential) couples in stranger things- mike and eleven, jonathan and nancy, joyce and hopper- is that their bonds are all formed when they’re working on and trying to solve a problem together. actually that’s true for all the relationships in the show but I feel it’s such an underrated part of romance specifically. it’s so nice when couples have something practical and constructive to do and when all their little moments, accidental hand touches, longing glances, shy smiles, spring up organically around their work. i live for those moments, i really do. i cry over them. but moments can’t exist in a void so i love when a romantic relationship has the strong backbone of shared work and friendship to ground those moments. and stranger things gets that.
Ever since Ian referred to himself as Coltons 'daddy' I can't help but think of Hoech's current dad beard and Dyl's comment in an interview years ago when he said that Hoech looked '35 but in the best way' and wonder if Dylan ever calls Hoech 'daddy'?