It has been almost two weeks since the second season of Stranger Things premiered on Netflix. I’ve already done a post on why you should watch the series. In this post, WHICH CONTAINS SPOILERS BY THE WAY!!!!!!!!!, I will be discussing some questions we have been asking throughout the two seasons, which are still unanswered. The answers which are out there may be speculations or fan theories.
IS THE MIND FLAYER THE SHOW’S BIG BAD?
Remember the Demogorgon? Well, that was just a taste of what the Upside Down had in store for our heroes. Stranger Things 2 introduced two new creatures: demodogs, which are four-legged Demogorgons; and The Mind Flayer, otherwise known as the Shadow Monster, a giant arachnid-like monster who appears to be the powerful final boss in the Upside Down. The Mind Flayer, named after a Dungeons & Dragons creature with psionic powers, first appeared to Will in visions, or “now-memories,” and it later possessed him, linking them and gradually turning Will Byers into a threat over the course of the season.
Even though the monster is eradicated from Will’s body by the end of the season, thereby allowing Eleven to close the main gate to the Upside Down, it’s not gone for good. In the final moments of the season, The Mind Flyer is seen lurking over Hawkins Middle School in the Upside Down, no doubt plotting the destruction of Hawkins and Eleven.
While it’s unclear if The Mind Flayer is the show’s ultimate Big Bad, it’s almost certainly going to rear its ugly head again in the third season. The Duffer Bros – who are the brains behind this masterpiece – have been candid about their four-season plan, so unless there’s another monster hiding in the Upside Down, it’s safe to assume that The Mind Flayer is the key to all that nonsense. But maybe there are multiple Mind Flayers.
Steve, we think you’re gonna need a bigger bat.
IS THERE STILL A LINK BETWEEN WILL AND THE UPSIDE DOWN?
Since his time in the Upside Down, Will has been experiencing episodes of “True Sight,” a phenomenon where his mind to travel to the Upside Down. This made him vulnerable to The Mind Flayer’s manipulation, but it also turned Will into a spy — he could see what The Mind Flayer could see in his “now-memories.” Now that The Mind Flayer has been “exorcized” from him, does that mean his connection to the other dimension has been broken? Or will those effects from spending so much time in the Upside Down continue to haunt him?
If he learns to control these abilities, they could be a major asset in the battle ahead. Not to mention, it gives Eleven and Will — two characters who have never said a single word to one another — a hell of a compelling storyline in future seasons.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL PASS BETWEEN SEASONS?
The Duffer Brothers have already confirmed that the third season will take place after yet another time jump, and given the one-year jump between the first and second seasons, Season 3 will most likely begin a year after the events of Snow Ball at the end of Stranger Things 2. This means Mike, Will, Lucas, Dustin, Max, and presumably Jane (a.k.a. Eleven) are headed to Hawkins High School. As for the exact month, it would be cool to see them at the beginning of their high-school journey, sometime in late August or early September 1985 — just after the summer release of the highest-grossing film of the year, Back to the Future.
ARE JOYCE AND HOPPER ENDGAME MATERIAL?
That’s kind of obvious right? In Season 1, I bought their platonic relationship. Joyce was far too consumed with her son’s whereabouts and Hopper was still dealing with the emotional trauma of his daughter’s death. But from the very first episode, Joyce and Hopper’s chemistry was palpable. They’ve got all of the prerequisites for an onscreen romance: fire chemistry, shared trauma, and similar sensibilities. Hopper understands Joyce’s particular brand of crazy. Not to mention, Hopper was totally flirting with Joyce in that scene outside of the Snow Ball. But who is Joyce Byers when she’s not worried about her son? We’re (hopefully) going to find out. It would also be yet another way to bring Will and Eleven together.
DOES ELEVEN HAVE ANY MORE SIBLINGS OUT THERE?
Stranger Things 2 introduced Eleven’s “sister,” Kali, a fellow Hawkins lab escapee. Kali, or Eight, has the power to cast illusions. Regardless of how you felt about “Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister,” it expanded the world of Stranger Things outside of Hawkins, and that’s probably going to set a precedent for what’s coming. If Kali is out there, then who’s to say that Eleven doesn’t have any more super-powered siblings on the run from the government? Kali was also instrumental in helping Eleven harness and strengthen her power. (Think of her as the Yoda to Eleven’s Luke Skywalker. Waddup Star Wars reference?!) If not for her help, Eleven might not have been able to close the gate.
IS DR. BRENNER STILL ALIVE?
DOES STEVE GO TO COLLEGE?
CAN BILLY JUST, LIKE, GO AWAY?
WILL DUSTIN CONTINUE THIS HAIR-CARE ROUTINE, OR WAS IT A ONE-TIME THING?
WILL THE BYERS EVER KNOW LIFE WITHOUT THEIR HOME BEING DESTROYED?
WILL THERE BE #JUSTICEFORBOB?
WERE DUSTIN AND HOPPER INFECTED IN THE TUNNELS?
A whole bunch of characters travel into the Upside Down–esque tunnels in Stranger Things 2, but two of our favorites also ingest a great deal of the funky stuff that’s floating around down there. Hopper spent a great deal of time trapped by those supernatural vines and Dustin swallowed a big chunk of Upside Down ephemera. Given the Duffer brothers’ reverence of Aliens, will these occurrences come back to haunt them? Like Will, might they develop a connection to this other dimension, or worse? If Dustin ends up having the Stranger Things version of a chest-burster, we’ll need years of therapy to deal with it.
ARE THERE OTHER NUMBERS OUT THERE?
While we’re on the subject, are there other people like Kali/Eight and Eleven hiding in the Stranger Things universe? If we’ve met Eight and Eleven, where are the rest? The flashbacks to Eleven’s childhood and the way she connects with Eight certainly implies there could be more kids out there with similar powers. This is the kind of question that may not be answered in Stranger Things 3, but could come up in later seasons — or possibly a spinoff series. Just picture it: Stranger Things 5: Eleven Meets Twelve.