Admit it, you binged that entire season this weekend, didn’t you?
After ready virtually two years, you couldn’t bear to let it stretch out even per week. You needed to devour it with as a lot ferocity because the Thoughts Flayer’s avatar devoured gooey people.
Now that you know the way it ends, we wager you’ve gotten some questions. We do, too.
So let’s take a stab at what we predict is occurring with the ending and THAT mid-credits scene.
IS HOPPER REALLY DEAD?
After Joyce Byers closes the door on her not-so-haunted home, and after the primary few rolls of the tip credit, the snow drifting throughout the display screen turns into a part of one other scene.
“Kamchatka, Russia” flashes throughout the display screen.
At a Russian army set up, two guards stroll previous a row of closed jail cells. One in every of them pauses in entrance of a door.
“No, not the American,” his comrade says earlier than they transfer on to a different poor soul.
The “American” must be Hopper, proper?
The primary rule in any film and TV present is that for those who don’t see the physique, they’re most likely not lifeless.
When Joyce is standing within the blast room, there’s no blood, viscera or any signal that Hopper was ever there.
We didn’t see him die, not like these Russian scientists who had been standing close to him who Stranger Issues is at pains to point out are destroyed by the blast.
And don’t neglect that within the first episode when the machine went haywire and blew, the fried our bodies of these different scientists killed had been nonetheless smouldering.
Possibly he jumped over the sting, or was thrown out of the best way, and scooped up by the Russians who hightailed it out of there. Or possibly he’s within the Upside Down.
Despite the fact that Hopper died in a way that was becoming and closed out his arc, particularly with the voiceover of his letter to El, there’s a good likelihood we haven’t seen the final of him.
However after all, that doesn’t essentially imply he’s the “American” within the cell.
HOW DID THE RUSSIANS GET A DEMOGORGAN?
The Soviets appear to have their very personal Demogorgon pet however the query is how they hell did they get it?
Earlier within the season, Alexei defined that there had been many “keys” (ie. the vitality pressure machine) in Russia however it turned out improper, which is why they needed to strive it in Hawkins.
Simply because these different machines turned out improper, doesn’t imply considered one of them didn’t do sufficient to let a Demogorgon via.
Or it could possibly be a that the Russians captured a surviving Demodog across the occasions of season two — we don’t have affirmation they solely got here to Hawkins after that Halloween, they might’ve already been working on the periphery.
Or possibly it has one thing to do with the frozen demo-dog from season two. We don’t know what occurred to it.
However then how did the Russians know Hawkins was the lock to their key?
A well-liked principle on-line is that the “American” within the Russian cell shouldn’t be Hopper however really Dr. Brenner.
Brenner was assumed to have died in season one however, once more, no physique, and there was a reference in season two that he’s nonetheless on the market. What if Brenner both defected to the Russians or was kidnapped by them? And he’s the one which gave all of them the intel about Hawkins?
WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE POSSESSED PEOPLE?
We noticed on the finish of episode six all of the so-called “flayed” folks had been absorbed into the Thoughts Flayer’s avatar on Earth, including to the monster’s mass. Outdated folks, children, everybody become a gloopy mess.
Everybody, that’s, besides Billy.
How does a small city account for all these disappearances? Blame it on the Starcourt Mall hearth.
A seize of the Indianapolis Gazette had the screaming headline: “Thirty Lifeless”. Should you learn the article, it goes on to say that greater than 30 our bodies had been discovered within the embers of the fireplace.
Possibly the our bodies had been excreted out after the monster died however extra possible it’s simply a part of the federal government cover-up into the entire mess.
WILL EL GET HER POWERS BACK?
El’s powers disappeared after that slimy little bit of the monster burrowed into her leg and she or he needed to painfully pressure it out.
After that, she couldn’t even crush a New Coke can or transfer a teddy bear. It’s been three months and there’s been no signal of her telekinesis. So will she ever get her powers again?
Possibly? She’s had her “batteries” run down earlier than they usually might simply be laying dormant for a bit longer for a recharge.
However think about a Stranger Issues the place El isn’t supernatural. With the Russians’ machine, it’s apparent that man-made machines can wield sufficient vitality to mess with the forces within the Upside Down.
Making El simply one other human will surely reset the present in a means and provides Stranger Issues extra storytelling challenges so it couldn’t all the time depend on her energy — El isn’t a deux ex machina however her powers are a simple “out” of a tough plot nook.
HAS THE MIND FLAYER BEEN DEFEATED?
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