‘Stranger Things’ Star Joe Keery Says He Wasn’t Sure Steve Would Exist Past Season 1: ‘It Was Day to Day’

Though it’s hard to imagine “Stranger Things” without Hawkins’s beloved single dad Steve – as he’s lovingly been dubbed by fans, thanks to his care of the kids on the show

series star Joe Keery says that, in the beginning, he wasn’t confident Steve would exist past Season 1.

During an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” on Monday, Keery explained that when he first got the role, he thought Steve was simply the “jerky boyfriend.”

“I read one, maybe, episode of the show  two episodes,” Keery explained. “And it was kind of like a we read three episodes, It was really, they were building it out as we were going.”

Of course, Keery now takes a little more credit for Steve making it through Season 4.

When Fallon called up a photo of the billboard that Netflix created ahead of the second part of the season, Keery joked that he was actually the one responsible for creating it, not Netflix.