WARNING: Story contains spoilers for Season 2 of Stranger Things and some content that may not be appropriate for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.
In the days following the release of 'Stranger Things' season 2, an unlikely star has emerged.
Introducing...DAD STEVE. pic.twitter.com/42vW4MNt0V— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) October 29, 2017
The feather-locked teen everyone loved to hate in season 1 has become the dad we all wish we had in season 2.
season 1: genuinely hate steve harrington with a passion— max 🌹 (@maxcdesign) October 29, 2017
season 2: there is nothing more i adore than steve harrington pic.twitter.com/q5iMteKZmS
season 1: i can’t stand steve harrington— ¡ reyna ¡ (@its_reyna) October 29, 2017
season 2: i am literally in love with steve harrington and would die for him #StrangerThings2
Naturally, the internet can't handle it.
All the new Steve stans stand-up. pic.twitter.com/W1KWLTaAim— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) October 30, 2017
Steve's come a long way from his camera smashing days.
steve harrington’s character development was increEeeeEeEdible pic.twitter.com/uhWvBdhJDV— ً (@DAREDEVllLS) October 28, 2017
imagine still thinking steve harrington is awful when he had the best character development in stranger things— 🍷 (@bleuvaIentine) October 28, 2017
I wanna be Steve when I grow up #StrangerThingsS2— Eoin Macken (@eoincmacken) October 28, 2017
In the course of season 2's 9 episodes, Steve has fully transformed from obnoxious teen into protective father figure for the kids of Hawkins.
steve harrington, a father of 6 kids pic.twitter.com/LFfwKjziPz— ً (@sadiemaxie) October 30, 2017
steve let all the kids out the tunnel first. he knew by doing that he might not make it out but all that mattered to him was their safety pic.twitter.com/ZkpAQ77xzh— sofia (@mvdmax) October 28, 2017
Leading some fans to draw another comparison....
Steve Harrington: Soccer Mom.
steve harrington taking care of the kids pic.twitter.com/8sjZfLE6wg— k | SEASON TWO (@spideylosers) October 28, 2017
Actual footage of Steve Harrington in Stranger Things 2 pic.twitter.com/CeQp2jeTS0— lizzie (@lizziesayshey) October 27, 2017
steve harrington this season pic.twitter.com/kQogjzKLSJ— - ̗̀skelilyten ̖́- (@pixieparkers) October 28, 2017
steve harrington’s senior quote pic.twitter.com/1pzoyGTYoV— caitlin 🕷 (@marveljedi) October 29, 2017
Even actor Joe Keery is getting in on the joke.
All my sons pic.twitter.com/xv4Yrl7TQ2— Joe Keery (@joe_keery) October 30, 2017
Keery took to Instagram to share behind-the-scenes photos of the kids and crew.
Although Steve Harrington might be Hawkins' new favorite Daddy, nothing quite beats his epic new bromance with Dustin.
but did u notice dustin is the only one of the kids who didnt have a father figure or an older sibling to look up to so he got steve instead pic.twitter.com/kPlKV08jvw— bai (@tightyspidey) October 30, 2017
Well Stranger Things 2 was pretty boss. I now want a spin off series of Steve & Dustin 😂— Olan Rogers (@OlanRogers) October 28, 2017
From Keery's recent tweets, it appears this friendship extends beyond the screen as well.
Needless to say, we can't wait for more Steve Harrington in season 3.