For many fans, Season 1 of Stranger Things couldn’t have gone by any faster.
With plenty of ’80s nostalgia, a thrilling storyline, and great characters, Stranger Things has become Netflix’s latest binge-worthy show.
While Season 2 is still a ways off, fans are already guessing at what will come next for the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana. With that in mind, here are a few crazy fan theories that could change everything.
According to The Wrap, the Season 1 finale, Chapter Eight: The Upside Down, concluded the major story arc in Sheriff Hopper’s (David Harbour) search for Will Byers (Noah Schnapp).
At the end of the day, Hopper rescued Will and returned him home to his mother Joyce (Winona Ryder).
Unfortunately, the rescue mission didn’t go off without a few casualties, including Eleven’s (Millie Bobby Brown) death after saving Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) from the Demogorgon.
That being said, one of the biggest theories surrounds Eleven’s (Elle) death scene and the idea that she might still be alive.
After the Demogorgon is defeated and Will is safely home, Hopper is shown leaving some food in a box in the woods. The goodies include Eggo waffles, which happen to be Elle’s favorite food of choice.
To add more credence to the theory, we never actually see Elle’s dead body. Instead, the character simply disappears after she destroys the monster.
Speaking of the Demogorgon, another theory posits that the creature is part of Elle’s subconscious.
After all, Elle did tell the boys that she is the monster early on in Season 1 of Stranger Things. Later, it is revealed that Elle made contact with the creature during her sensory tank experiment at the lab.
Is it possible that Elle was infiltrated by the Demogorgon’s evil?
According to Yahoo, the Demogorgon could be a manifestation of Elle’s terror and fear, which would link her directly to the creature.
This theory is similar to what happened to Jean Grey in X-Men #134, which is also referenced on Stranger Things.
In the comic, Jean turns to her dark side and transforms into evil Phoenix.
This same duality, according to Thrillist, could account for the Demogorgon’s presence in Hawkins and its interactions with Elle.
As fans might recall, the final fight scene between Elle and the Demogorgon features some striking mirror-like qualities. This includes Elle raising her hand and the Demogorgon following suit.
Furthermore, both Elle and the creature disappear at the same time, alluding to the idea that they can’t be separated.
Whatever the truth about the monster, it is clear that we haven’t seen the last of the Demogorgon.
In fact, the last scene of Season 1 features Will coughing up a mysterious slimy thing he picked up from being in the Upside Down world. The bathroom lights flicker, like they did whenever the Demogorgon was lurking, and Will looks very concerned.
It isn’t clear if Will is turning into the monster or if he is harboring it inside, though fans will hopefully find out about Will’s fate next season.
On a slightly different note, Yahoo is reporting that Jonathan Byers (Charlie Heaton) might actually end up with Nancy (Natalia Dyer). Although Nancy sticks with Steve Harrington at the end of the season, Jonathan’s Christmas present might change her mind.
Lastly, there is a possibility that Hopper is now working for the government.
The sheriff is seen talking to government agents in the finale and he obviously knows something about Elle’s fate about which nobody else is aware.
Of course, Hopper could be using the government to gain access to the secret lab facility, though he could also have gotten back his credentials as a federal agent.
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