When asked about their original ending for the penultimate season, Ross Duffer revealed that one character’s fate was drastically changed: “In terms of who makes it, who lives or dies. I think there was a version where Dimitri, aka Enzo, didn’t make it.”
Enzo (Tom Wlaschiha), whose actual name is Dimitri, debuted at the start of the fourth season as a new companion for Hopper (David Harbour). And by a companion, I mean a prison guard! Luckily for the former police chief, the duo strike up a deal that eventually becomes a friendship with Dimitri playing a crucial role in Hopper’s escape from the Russian prison camp. The idea that Dimitri was initially destined to die during their side quest actually makes a lot of sense; after all, “Stranger Things” has a pretty reliable tendency to introduce new characters and kill them off in the same breath. Eddie is a prime example, never making it out of his debut season, like Bob and Alexei before him. What was to stop Enzo from following suit? After helping with the escape, he’s no longer a crucial part of the plot — and anyway, crossing paths with a demogorgon is very dangerous business. It’s a miracle that the entire Russia gang managed to survive their fight against Vecna’s army.
On the bright side, this leaves Enzo free to make his grand return and in the fight against Vecna, Hawkins will definitely need help. But on the other hand, I can’t see any reason he’d want to join them in battle against an otherworldly psychic monster — especially since the final season is 100% guaranteed to end with a body count.