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13 "Stranger Things" Moments That (Probably) Still Matter

No time to binge-watch Stranger Things before the new season? We got you covered!

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Toast some Eggos and ~rejoice~ because Stranger Things 2 is coming to Netflix this Friday, Oct. 27!

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We all remember the Stranger Things basics...

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...Will Byers disappeared in the first episode.

We now know he was taken to the Upside Down by a terrifying monster nicknamed The Demogorgon.
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We now know he was taken to the Upside Down by a terrifying monster nicknamed The Demogorgon.

Joyce is Will's mom and she's a bit...hyper.

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It's not her fault, though. Her son vanished and started talking to her through Christmas lights.

Hopper is the sheriff with attitude.

He drinks, he shows up late, and snaps at poor Flo. RIP FLO (she's not dead, just highly underutilized). However, when things get serious, Hopper is the sheriff you want by your side.
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He drinks, he shows up late, and snaps at poor Flo. RIP FLO (she's not dead, just highly underutilized). However, when things get serious, Hopper is the sheriff you want by your side.

Will's friends are a ragtag group of loveable nerds.

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Lucas (left) is a tad hotheaded, but a loyal friend with the best quips. Mike (middle) is the leader with a heart of gold. Dustin (right) gets a little anxious and hungry at inconvenient times, but he's wise beyond his years. All three are smart AF.

They befriend Eleven, a mysterious girl with superpowers.

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Eleven escaped from Hawkins Lab, where she was forced to do a lot of bad shit with her mind by the ever-so-creepy Dr. Brenner.

Meanwhile, the teens from Hawkins High have some drama of their own.

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Johnathan (Will's brother) is brooding all over town.

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In his defense, his brother is missing and his mom is acting cuckoo. However, we can assume he was always a ~little~ broody.

Nancy (Mike's sister) is, like, super into Steve...

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AKA Jean-Ralphio's long-lost father.

...a fact her BFF, Barb, is not having.

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All of this sound familiar?

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Great. Now here is everything you probably* need to remember before the new season.

*We have not seen the new season, so this is all speculation based on ~many~ viewings of Season One.
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*We have not seen the new season, so this is all speculation based on ~many~ viewings of Season One.

1. Eleven is still alive.

Other than the fact that we know Millie Bobby Brown is returning, the show ends with Hopper leaving waffles in the woods. Unless Hopper is feeding a vegetarian bear or Millie is portraying a long-lost twin, we can count on Eleven's return.
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Other than the fact that we know Millie Bobby Brown is returning, the show ends with Hopper leaving waffles in the woods. Unless Hopper is feeding a vegetarian bear or Millie is portraying a long-lost twin, we can count on Eleven's return.

2. The gang is back together...

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...but Will seems a tad shady.

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He vomited up a slug and flashed into the Upside Down. THINGS ARE NOT OKAY.

3. Barb is super dead.

Sorry.
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Sorry.

4. Hopper made a deal with Hawkins Lab...

In order to save Will, Hopper betrayed Eleven and revealed her location to Dr. Brenner. However, there has to be more to it. He got into a mysterious car in the end, leaving many unanswered questions about said deal.
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In order to save Will, Hopper betrayed Eleven and revealed her location to Dr. Brenner. However, there has to be more to it. He got into a mysterious car in the end, leaving many unanswered questions about said deal.

5. ...and we still don't know what those lab guys are up to.

They were hurting our precious Eleven for a reason, right?! Was it just to find out Russian secrets OR to unlock the gates to other dimensions OR literally any other evil plot a secret government organization might think up?
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They were hurting our precious Eleven for a reason, right?! Was it just to find out Russian secrets OR to unlock the gates to other dimensions OR literally any other evil plot a secret government organization might think up?

6. Mike and El kissed.

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OUR HEARTS! Will they ever go to that Snow Ball dance?

7. Nancy chose Steve.

Honestly, Nancy became so badass by the end, she could have done better than either guy.
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Honestly, Nancy became so badass by the end, she could have done better than either guy.

8. Speaking of romance, Hopper and Joyce have a history.

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The Joyce/Hopper shippers need to know! The evidence: Joyce's ex-husband clearly hates Hopper. She also calls him "Hop," which is ~definitely~ a post-sex nickname. Let's get #Jopper trending!

9. Dr. Brenner is dead.

Or is he?! Death is never certain in Hawkins (Except with Barb. Barb is definitely dead.) and we didn't actually see the monster eat him.
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Or is he?! Death is never certain in Hawkins (Except with Barb. Barb is definitely dead.) and we didn't actually see the monster eat him.

10. Hopper found a mysterious egg in the Upside Down.

The Demogorgon appeared to be feeding on these bad boys, so we can only assume they're important. New monster, maybe?
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The Demogorgon appeared to be feeding on these bad boys, so we can only assume they're important. New monster, maybe?

11. We met Eleven's mother.

Unless there is some kind of twist involving the ten test subjects that came before Eleven, we can assume Terry Ives is her mother. But was Dr. Brenner really her father? Either way, it feels important to remember that Terry exists and is pretty far gone after being drugged and experimented on.
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Unless there is some kind of twist involving the ten test subjects that came before Eleven, we can assume Terry Ives is her mother. But was Dr. Brenner really her father? Either way, it feels important to remember that Terry exists and is pretty far gone after being drugged and experimented on.

12. Eleven killed the Demogorgon.

Or did she?! If Eleven survived, there is a good chance the monster did, too.
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Or did she?! If Eleven survived, there is a good chance the monster did, too.

13. Did we mention Barb is gone FOREVER?

If only she had known how to shotgun a beer.
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If only she had known how to shotgun a beer.

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