Neil Hargrove is a recurring character in the second season of Stranger Things. He is the father of Billy Hargrove, the ex-husband of Billy's mother, the stepfather of Max Mayfield, and the husband of Susan Hargrove.



Neil Hargrove lived in California, married a woman, and had a son named Billy. However, Neil was extremely abusive to his wife and his son. He would abuse Billy for loving to surf and his wife allowing Billy to surf. When his wife finally had enough of Neil's abuse, she left both Neil and Billy, leaving Billy to be raised by his abusive father after he presumably won custody over the latter.

Working as a security guard at a bank, Neil came to know the teller Susan, who he would grow to be attracted to. At some point he finally proposed to her, which led him and his son Billy to move in with Susan and her daughter Max. Neil's changes brought out a lot of resistance and anger in his stepdaughter, especially when he insisted upon calling her 'Maxine'. Neil and Susan's decision to move to Hawkins, Indiana finally pushed Max to make a run for it. Eventually however the police caught Max as she was trying to leave on a bus station, and the family of four eventually moved to Hawkins as planned.[1]


When returning home, Neil and Susan found out that Max wasn't home as her bedroom window was left open. Confronting Billy, Neil was shocked and angry that Billy had no idea where Max is. Neil reminded Billy was suppose to watch Max and Billy apologized as he prepared to go out on a date. When Neil calls Billy a "faggot," Billy loses his temper and says Max is not his sister. Neil then slams Billy into the wall and reminds him they've talked about respect and responsibility. Neil forces Billy to apologize to Susan which he does. Susan tries to assure Neil that it's okay, but Neil disagrees, saying Billy's behavior is not okay and that he'll make for it. Neil orders Billy to cancel his date and go find Max while demanding Billy to reply "yes, sir." Once Billy says that, Neil again orders him to find Max and leaves the room with Susan.


Neil is shown to have violent tendencies and is abusive towards his son, Billy. When he found out that Billy has been ignorant of Max sneaking out of the house, he attacks and threatens him, ruining his plans for a date. He is bigoted and homophobic, calling his own son a "faggot" simply for admiring himself in the mirror. While Max has seen nothing that explicitly makes it clear Billy is racist, she knows Neil is racist stating he had a low opinion of anyone who wasn't white-skinned.

He also is noticed to misidentify women as helpless and dependent, such as speaking for his wife Susan after Billy isn't nice to her, and laughs at his son for a little girl (Max) speaking up to him when Billy is being abused. He has also been offending to women, calling them words like "whore" and "bitch" when not happy.


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
Season Three appearances
Suzie, Do You Copy? The Mall Rats The Case of the Missing Lifeguard The Sauna Test
The Flayed E Pluribus Unum* The Bite The Battle of Starcourt*
*Appears in flashbacks

Family tree

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Sam Mayfield
Susan Hargrove
Susan Hargrove
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Neil Hargrove
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Billy's mother
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Max Mayfield
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Billy Hargrove

Behind the Scenes

On May 3, 2017, TV Line reported that actor-singer Will Chase, known for his role in the 2012 American musical drama series Nashville, will be playing the role of Neil Mayfield. Neil's character was described as "the father of a family of recent transplants to Hawkins, Indiana from California."[2]


  1. Stranger Things: Runaway Max
  2. "Stranger Things Season 2: Nashville Vet Will Chase Joins Cast as [Spoiler]"TV Line. May 3, 2017.
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