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Bob Newby was a kind-hearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce Byers and Jim Hopper. He managed the local Hawkins RadioShack. In 1984, Bob began dating Joyce. [1]

History

Season Two

Bob was Joyce’s new boyfriend. Jonathan states that he didn’t like him while Will says that he was okay because he didn’t treat him differently. He often hangs around Joyce’s house. Later, Will draws the large map of “vines”, and Hopper goes to find them. Some time after, Will has a nightmare and sees Hopper in the vines. Mike Wheeler runs downstairs and tells Joyce. Bob comes with medicine as he thinks that Will is sick. Joyce says he is fine and tells him that she’s busy. He turns to leave but then Joyce tells him to come back- she thought he could help figure out the map. When Bob finds out where Hopper is, they all go to find him. After they cut Hopper free, a soldier from Hawkins Laboratory burns the vines. Will has a seizure and has to go to the hospital. At the hospital, Bob stands next to Joyce, and Will wakes up. Will recognizes his mother but not Bob.

When Hawkins Lab is in lockdown because of the “Demo-dogs”, Will, Hopper, Joyce, Mike, Bob, and Dr. Owens are trapped in one area. They need someone to go down and turn on the electricity, and Bob volunteers. He gets to the electricity vault and turns on the lights, and then he gets to the monitor and unlocks the doors. He barely makes it to the main entrance and slams the door shut, but just feet from the entrance a Demo-dog breaks through the door and leaps on him. Hopper attempted to shoot the Demo-dog who was on top of him, but more came through the door. Hopper and Joyce are forced to leave him behind as the Demo-dogs rip him apart.

Mike later remarked to Lucas and Dustin that they could not let Bob die in vain. After the ultimate defeat of the Shadow Monster in the final episode, Will created a detailed picture of Bob as a superhero, which the Byers hung on their refrigerator. Jim Hopper (who had also lost someone he loved) comforted a still-mourning Joyce over Bob's death, saying that it never seems like it gets easier, but it does.

Personality and Traits

Bob was clever, and enjoyed solving riddles and puzzles. He had very conventional tastes (for instance, he did not enjoy horror movies, preferring Mr. Mom); Jonathan considered him boring and found his overly-friendly nature somewhat off-putting. Will, on the other hand, liked Bob because Bob didn't treat him any different after his disappearance. Although most of Bob's affection was focused on Joyce, whom he clearly loved, his attempts to befriend and connect with her sons were also genuine. He empathized strongly with Will, as they were both highly intelligent but passive-natured, making them easy targets for bullying.

Ultimately, despite being somewhat unnerved by the truth of Will's disappearance and encountering the horrors of the Upside Down, Bob proved to be extremely brave, compassionate and resourceful. It was his knowledge of electronics and computer technology that allowed them to escape from the Hawkins Lab, and in the process he did not hesitate to put himself at risk if it meant saving Joyce and her sons. Tragically, his heroic nature cost him his life.

Relationships

Appearances

Season Two appearances
MadMax Trick or Treat Freak The Pollywog
Will the Wise Dig Dug The Spy
The Lost Sister The Mind Flayer The Gate

Trivia

  • Bob had some knowledge of the programming language BASIC.

Behind the scenes

When speaking about the new characters in Season 2, the Duffer Brothers said that one of the adults will be involved in Joyce's life, probably alluding to Bob.[2] On November 7, 2016, it was revealed that Sean Astin had been cast in the role of Bob Newby.[3]

Astin previously starred in The Goonies, a 1985 film which has been a big influence on Stranger Things. He played Mikey, a character that Mike Wheeler was initially based on.

References

  1. "‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Scoop: Sean Astin Playing Winona Ryder’s ‘Boyfriend’ & More" Hollywood Life. January 21, 2017.
  2. "The Duffer Brothers on 'Stranger Things Season 2' – BTS Interview | THR PhotoshootThe Hollywood Reporter. YouTube. October 12, 2016.
  3. "Stranger Things 2 exclusive: The Goonies, Aliens stars join Netflix series" Entertainment Weekly. November 7, 2016.

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