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Warning: Loads of spoilers forward for the third season of Stranger Issues!
There is a new enemy afoot in season three of Stranger Issues: Russians who need to open the gate to the Upside Down that Eleven closed. With the introduction of the villainous Russian scientists and troopers, the Duffer Brothers play off of ’80s Chilly Battle tensions — and let’s be sincere, the collusion debacle in as we speak’s headlines. However as Winona Ryder would say in Heathers, what’s their harm? The reply, a monstrous one let’s assume, lies within the postcredits scene after the ultimate episode of season three. Let’s break down the Russians’ involvement all through the Stranger Issues third set up to get the total image of what is going on on.
The third season opens with the Russians making an attempt to open the gate. A extreme Russian normal tells a scientist named Alexei that he has one yr to get the experiment to work. Whereas being saved as Hopper and Joyce’s captive, Alexei explains to Murray, their translator, that the Russians wished to make use of a key to interrupt via a doorway to a different world, aka the Upside Down. The Russians then found that location was important and that the gate was as soon as opened earlier than in Hawkins, IN, thus constructing a secret base beneath Starcourt Mall. Alexei reveals that the gate is opening. (And, as we see, permitting the Thoughts Flayer to invade Hawkins.)
Certain, we all know the “how,” however why the Russians wished to open the gate is much less clear. Energy? Data? Wreaking havoc on america? It seems prefer it’s somewhat little bit of all three. By the top of “The Battle of Starcourt,” Joyce manages to shut the gate, tragically shedding Hopper when the important thing exploded. (Possibly.) Sealing the gate closed the Thoughts Flayer’s thoughts from its physique, thus steering Eleven and the opposite youngsters out of hazard.
However because the postcredits scene reveals us, the Russians aren’t fairly out of the image but. In Russia, guards take a prisoner (not the American one) straight to a cage with the Demogorgon. Whereas there is no definitive reply, it seems just like the Russians, after managing to obliterate Starcourt Mall within the States, wished to be taught extra about controlling and managing the monster by organising store in Hawkins. We’ll simply need to see how the story unfolds in season 4.