Wow. That finale was an emotional roller coaster. I cringed, I laughed, I cheered, I even cried. What a finale that was. There were a lot of talking points considering it was about an hour and a half long. If you missed my previous post you can find it here.
The opening scene
That was so crazy that opening scene. First off I need to give a round of applause to the cast, especially Millie for that incredible performance. El was screaming in pain, and everyone else looked to be completely shocked and stunned when Jonathan carved into El's leg and then stuck his fingers in there to get the slime worm thing out. As far as shock and awe goes, that scene was probably the most intense scene of the entire season. And the way the scene ended? With Hopper squishing the slime goop under his heavy boot? I actually cheered when that happened. It was so cool.
Splitting up again
Just like last season's finale, the group are forced to split up to defeat the Mind Flayer. The adults head into the Russian base, Scoop Troop heads up to Dustin's Cerebro to maintain communication with the adults, while Jon and Nancy were charged with bringing the rest of the kids to Murray's bunker for protection. But of course, things don't go according to plan as Billy had sabotaged their car, forcing them back into the mall where the Mind Flayer drops in, giving us another horror genre experience.
The entire scene with the Mind Flayer looking for the kids as they hid at separate ends of the mall was a real horror genre moment, especially when El, Mike, and Max were hiding in GAP and the Mind Flayer sent his tentacle mouth things in to look for them, and when it was chasing the rest of the kids out of the mall down the road as they drove away. Oh yeah, huge respect to Steve for saving the day yet again by crashing his car into Billy's, saving Nancy from being crushed.
Dusty-bun and Suzie-poo!!
We finally got to see Suzie! She's real! Not that I ever doubted her existence, Dustin wouldn't have gone through all that trouble to build Cerebro if she didn't, but I'm glad we finally got to see her! Not only did she save the day by unknowingly relaying Planck's constant to Hopper, she gave us one of the absolute funniest moments of the entire season! Her performance with Dusty-bun was an absolute highlight of the season, possibly the entire franchise, and I loved it.
Billy has been a douche ever since he joined the show, but he died a hero. El's brilliant move to connect with Billy using his memories of his mother worked, and you could see the Mind Flayer's corrupting veins slowly disappearing from Billy's face. He sacrificed himself to save El, possibly indicating that despite being flayed for most of the season, he was still aware of what he was doing and what was happening around him. I guess in Billy's case, one moment really can be a man's redemption.
This hit me hard. Hopper was one of the best characters on the show. He was supposed to go on a date with Joyce at Enzo's after this was all over. And his speech that El read at the end? That got me all teary eyed. What a way to end the season.
Bryers moving out
Looks like the Bryers will be moving away after all (with El), which is really sad. Jon and Nancy, Mike and El, Will and all his friends. So many tearful goodbyes. We'll probably see them again in all likelihood next season, but it was still a sad way to end the show.
But wait?!?! The Russians have an American in their custody? It has to be Hopper, doesn't it? Which other American could it be?? But how did he survive? Also, why are the Russians keeping a pet demogorgon? Are they planning on weaponising it?
The finale sets up the next season intriguingly, but who knows when that will come. In addition to the Russians, we must also wonder what's going to happen to El's powers. By the end of the episode which took place three months later, she still hasn't recovered her powers yet. Will she ever get them back? Who knows. And what about the Mind Flayer? Will he return? Presumably he will, but how? The Russians will probably have something to do with it. And what will bring the Bryers and El back to Hawkins? They're definitely coming back, and probably something huge will force them to return, but what? So many questions!
Thus ends my episode by episode recap of Stranger Things 3. Hope you guys enjoyed it. I think I still have one more post left in me, where I want to share my favourite things about the season, and maybe a few things I didn't really like. But that will probably come in a few days. I think I've posted enough Stranger Things for now. In the mean time, let me know what you guys thought of the episodes!