Stranger Things Actor Andrey Ivchenko Says People Hate Him for Killing Fan-Favorite Character

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*Warning: This story includes spoilers for Stranger Things season 3.*

If there’s one thing Stranger Things season 3 has taught us, it’s that anyone (or anything) can come back. And while we're holding onto hope that this will be true for David Harbour's Jim Hopper, who heroically sacrificed himself to shut the gate to the Upside Down in the newest season's final episode, there are a few deaths that fans are hoping will stick.

One such death is that of the Russian hit man Grigori, played by Andrey Ivchenko, who killed fan-favorite character Alexei (Alec Utgoff) and fought our favorite protagonists throughout the season.

As you remember, Grigori’s death in the machine called “The Key” was violent and pretty definitive, but as Ivchenko points out, anything is possible in the Stranger Things world. The actor spoke with Digital Spy at San Diego Comic-Con about the fans's reactions to his character and why their hate can be a positive thing.

“It's pretty interesting how people react ... I mean obviously there are comments like 'why did you kill Alexei' and all that stuff [and] 'we hate you for that' ... To me, I don't want to say it doesn't matter, but I really appreciate the positive side, where people have been very positive about the character,” Ivchenko said. “Even the negative side I appreciate, because you know people are passionate about that project ... Some of them [are] probably taking it so seriously [because] they really believe [in] those characters.”

When asked if he will be back next season, Ivchenko said, "It's sci-fi, you know, so things can happen ... For now, what I know is he's dead. But who knows?”

If you need yet another reason to revisit the third season of Stranger Things, you can try watching it all again with your eyes peeled for these Easter eggs

This Course Will Teach You How to Play Guitar Like a Pro for $29

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Which Friends Character Would Earn the Most Money in the Real World?

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Although Friends went off the air in 2004, the iconic sitcom continues to attract new fans who've discovered the show via re-runs and streaming networks like HBO Max.

To play into this devoted fan base, the professional resume writers at StandOut-CV conducted a fun experiment: They asked more than 3000 fans to predict where Joey, Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Phoebe, and Monica would be today, career-wise. They also took the time to figure out how much each character would earn in their respective fields in the real world. Could we be more curious?

Bringing in the highest salary is Joey, whose acting exploits are projected to earn him approximately $61,022 a year. Next comes Dr. Ross, whose career as a paleontologist brings in an estimated $59,023. After that comes fashion designer Rachel, earning $54,563 a year, followed by Chandler's writer/editor salary of $47,039 annually. Phoebe comes next, with her musical career bringing in an annual salary of $43,604 (although the site doesn't mention how her massage therapy business might factor into her life today). Surprisingly, Monica would bring in the least amount of money; she'd earn an average of $43,165 per year as a head chef.

As far as where fans think the Friends gang would be today, the answers are pretty great: They believe Joey would have expanded his acting career to include his own reality series called Keeping Up With Joey Tribbiani. Monica, meanwhile, would have taken the next step in her culinary career by opening up her own restaurant, and her husband Chandler would have continued his passion for writing at a comics magazine. The last season of Friends follows Rachel as she works as an executive for Ralph Lauren, and fans theorize that she would have used her breadth of experience to start her own fashion brand. It's believed Phoebe would have continued her music career, perhaps even becoming a music teacher, while Ross would have spent time writing dinosaur-themed children's books.

Hopefully, the upcoming Friends reunion special will give fans a final answer on what the characters would be up to today.