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Chapter Eight: The Upside Down 

Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save Will.


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Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)


Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save Will.

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15 July 2016 (USA)  »

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Nancy and Jonathan's plan to draw out the monster from the Upside-down so Joyce and Jim can travel through safely to find Will is reminiscent of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, when Aragon and his party drew out the armies of Mordor so Frodo and Sam can travel to Mount Doom to destroy the ring without being caught. See more »


If you look at the article "Hawkins lab blocks inquiry" posted on the cork board in the police station at the end of the episode, you can see that the second and third paragraph have the exact same text in them. See more »


Mike Wheeler: [El collapses] El! El are you okay? El! Something's wrong!
Dustin Henderson: She's just drained.
Mike Wheeler: No, she won't wake up!
[shaking her]
Mike Wheeler: El. El! El!
Mike Wheeler: [listening to her heartbeat] She's barely breathing.
Lucas Sinclair: We gotta go!
Dr. Martin Brenner: Leave her!
[the boys stand protectively over El]
Dr. Martin Brenner: Step away from the child.
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References Pretty in Pink (1986) See more »


When It's Cold I'd Like to Die
Written by Moby and Mimi Goese
Performed by Moby featuring Mimi Goese
Courtesy of Elektra/Mute
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The pay-off!
17 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yeah, I'd call that an appropriate finish. Wraps everything up with a nice bow and still leaves you with burning questions. The main arc gets resolved, but somehow . . . doesn't. The Upside-Down clearly isn't finished with Will. And I love that they actually refer to the monster as the Demogorgon.

One thing I hadn't expected was to see Hopper emerge as the favorite character. He'd started out as a funny curmudgeon but really deepened in such a short time. And this is saying something coming in an episode that loses a main character.

I have the kind of questions that would drive a person nuts if the show's future were uncertain. Suffice it to say, I'm looking forward to the next season. It's just an eerie and addictive show. And as a finale, this was top-shelf; intense, moving and absolutely engrossing.


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