Stranger Things' Rebel Robin: Surviving Hawkins Podcast Explained

What is the Stranger Things spinoff podcast Rebel Robin: Surviving Hawkins about? Robin (played by Maya Hawke) from Stranger Things swiftly became a fan favorite after she was introduced in season 3 of the popular Netflix series. An employee of Starcourt Mall’s ice cream parlor Scoops Ahoy alongside Steve Harrington (Joe Keery), Robin was instrumental in helping discover the mall was actually a front for a secret underground facility run by evil Soviet scientists who had opened a new portal to the Upside Down.

Part of what made Robin Buckley such a popular addition to the Stranger Things roster – alongside her whip-smart mind – was the fact she was the show’s first LGBTQ character. Her sexuality was revealed in the penultimate episode of Strangers Things season 3 when Robin and Steve were drugged with truth serum, leading to a heartfelt conversation during which she came out to him. Her sexual identity and struggles to fit in at Hawkins High were explored further in 2021 YA novel Rebel Robin penned by A.R. Capetta.

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The Stranger Things novel was published in conjunction with scripted podcast series Rebel Robin: Surviving Hawkins. The companion series was directed by podcast producer Lauren Shippen and stars Hawke and Firefly's Sean Maher as her favorite teacher Mr. Hauser. The podcast chronicles Robin’s Stranger Things journey prior to season 3 with a focus on the friendship that develops between her and Hauser when she takes him up on his offer to use his classroom as a place to spend her lunch period.

Over the course of Rebel Robin: Surviving Hawkins’, Robin and Hauser bond over their love of literature and Robin reveals her plans to escape the small-town suffocation of Hawkins by fleeing to Europe for the summer. Mr. Hauser isn’t exactly having an easy time living in Hawkins either as he’s started receiving menacing phone calls from a mysterious caller. Robin soon starts to suspect that Mr. Hauser may be hiding something big and sets out to discover who is behind the calls which inadvertently causes her to learn a thing or two about herself in the process.

Fans of Robin’s Stranger Things journey so far will be happy to learn that Maya Hawke is set to reprise her role in the upcoming fourth season of the Netflix show. Set during spring break of 1986, Stranger Things season 4 is set for a summer 2022 release and while plot details are being kept under wraps, it’s known that the new season will see Robin and her newfound friends exploring a local haunted house.

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