Thankfully, that's not the path the show took, as right from the get-go, Netflix always intended for Stranger Things to continue on. Fortunately, creators and showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer appear happy to oblige.
Netflix is yet to openly confirm a third season of Stranger Things at the time of writing, but with reports claiming that season 2's premiere attracted 15.8 million views in the USA over the course of three days, we imagine it's a question of when, not if, Things will return. As the end of Season 1 stands now, we're led to believe that she does die - or, at least disappears back to the Upside Down - except that someone is eating those Eggos in the woods.
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As Duffer alluded to, Hollywood has seen a lot of success from various limited series over the last few years, such as HBO's Big Little Lies and FX's Fargo, but Netflix's plans for the '80s-themed monster mash broadened way beyond just one story arc.
But originally, the Duffer Brothers were going to kill Eleven as Stranger Things was initially developed as a limited series.
This would have been a bold ending that separated itself from much of the show's inspiration. But once the Duffers and Netflix decided to make Stranger Things a serialized drama, there was no way they were going to kill off its breakout character/star.
"This is where the business side comes in".
Sadly, this means that other characters would have to become sacrificial lambs in Eleven's place. Refreshingly, it plays things straight, with heart - and whether it's dealing with a heated Dungeons and Dragons face-off or tracking the slimy beast known as the Demogorgon, it also carries more than a hint of joy.