The Stranger Things Character You Won’t See Again in the Final Season

Argyle actor Eduardo Franco has confirmed that he won't be returning for Stranger Things season 5.

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, and Eduardo Franco as Argyle in STRANGER THINGS.
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Through four seasons, the cast of Netflix’s mega-hit Stranger Things has grown so large and unwieldy that it seemed unlikely that every actor would return for the fifth and final season. Well sure enough, we’ve now received confirmation that Stranger Things season 5 will be leaving at least one character out.

In an interview with the Steve Varley Show, actor Eduardo Franco says he never received a call from Netflix, making it unlikely that his character Argyle will return – especially since production on season 5 is now underway again following strike delays.

With no disrespect intended to Franco (who can currently be seen in Jake Johnson’s directorial debut Self Reliance on Hulu), the character of Argyle was a pretty logical choice when it came to a cast culling. Argyle made his debut in Stranger Things season 4 as a delivery driver at Surfer Boy Pizza and the burnout best friend of the equally burnt out Jonathan Byers (Charlie Heaton).

Argyle actually gets in on some major late season action when he helps Jonathan, Will (Noah Schnapp), and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) run from the military and rescue Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). He even comes up with the idea of using a Surfer Boy Pizza freezer as sensory deprivation tank for Eleven to access the Upside Down and fight Vecna.

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Ultimately, the biggest part of this news might not be the absence of a character but the absence of the setting from which that character comes from. Argyle hails from California, which is where the Byers family moved to get away from all the strange goings-on in Hawkins, Indiana in season 4. By the end of the season, however, everyone (Argyle included) had arrived back in the spooky Midwestern town.

With the Upside Down unleashing metaphorical and literal hell all over Hawkins, it seems as though any further geographic relocations won’t be necessary. It’s sad to see Argyle head back to the West Coast alone but at least he’ll be much safer there.