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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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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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Dustin is wearing a Castroville Artichoke Festival t-shirt in Chapters 7 and 8. Marilyn Monroe, still as Norma Jean, was Miss Castroville Artichoke Festival at the start of her career. See more »

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It starts in chapter seven when Dustin calls Mr. Clarke, and Clarke says "It's ten a clock on Saturday." Now a lot of things happen until almost the end where Eleven tears up the alien in the classroom in chapter eight. But the clock above the head of the alien displays 10:03 PM. So they manage to make the bath, run the El session, and Hopper and Mrs. Byers went to "the upside down" In only about 3 minutes. See more »

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Mike Wheeler: Guys, guys! This is crazy. We can't just wait around.
Lucas Sinclair: Mike, in case you forgot, we're still fugitives. The bad men are still looking for us.
Dustin Henderson: Yeah and we don't even know where your sister is.
Mike Wheeler: El can find them.
Dustin Henderson: [pointing] Mike, look at her! I still think we should stick to the Chief's plan.
Lucas Sinclair: Exactly. We stay here, keep El out of sight and keep her safe. That's the most important thing, remember? Besides, she's okay. She's with Jonathan.
Dustin Henderson: Yeah and she's kind of a badass now, so...
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References Alien (1979) See more »

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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.

10/10


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