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    We Need To Talk About THAT SCENE In "Stranger Things" Season 3

    I am GUTTED.

    ๐Ÿšจ๐ŸšจWARNING!!!!๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿšจ This post contains major spoilers for Stranger Things Season 3. If you haven't finished it yet, avert your eyes now or suffer the consequences. You've been warned.

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    For those of you still here, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE SCENE THAT'S LEFT ME A PUDDLE OF MIND FLAYER MUSH A WHOLE TWO WEEKS AFTER THE SEASON 3 PREMIERE.

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    That's right. I'm talking about the scene with Alexei, the Russian cherub and slurpee connoisseur who captured our hearts the moment he stepped onscreen.

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    JUST LOOK AT THAT FACE!!!!

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    Excuse me while I shed a single tear and think wistfully about how we can't have nice things.

    It all starts out innocently enough. Alexei and his new pal Murray (#friendshipgoals) are at the summer Fun Fair, and Alexei's expressing interest in the carnival games.

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    Just look at the childlike wonder in his eyes.

    And Murray's like, "sure, man."

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    So Alexei heads over to the balloon darts, where he proceeds to fucking kill it.

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    Everyone's rooting for him to win the big prize...

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    And win he does!!!!!!

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    If your heart doesn't absolutely explode when this happens, you don't have one. Sorry I don't make the rules.

    Next thing we know Alexei's walking proudly through the crowd with Woody the Woodpecker, eager to show his good pal Murray what he's accomplished.

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    Murray sees and is like:

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    And Alexei is like:

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    And I'm like:

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    And all is right in the world.

    UNTIL Scary Russian Guyโ„ข shows up, everything goes into sinister slow-mo, and we realize he's got a GUN IN HIS HANDS.

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    Now my heart isn't exploding. It's beating a trillion miles per hour.

    AND THEN...๐Ÿ˜ญ ๐Ÿ˜ญ ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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    Murray grabs Alexei and sets him down before going to get help.

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    At this point, I'm thinking Alexei has to make it through. This show has Demogorgons and shit โ€” there's gotta be some way this adorable angel is able to come back from a gunshot straight to the chest.

    BUT THERE ISN'T. Alexei dies alone at a carnival in America. No friends, no family, not even his precious Woody the Woodpecker!!!

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    I think I speak for everyone when I say: ALEXEI DESERVED BETTER.

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    AND PEOPLE AGREE.

    #StrangerThings nobody: still nobody: me: ALEXEI WAS A PURE BABY WHO WAS SCARED AND JUST WANTED TO WATCH LOONEY TUNES AND DRINK CHERRY SLURPEES. WHY COULDNโ€™T THEY LET HIM BE HAPPY AND EAT CORNDOGS WITH MURRAY WHY??! HE DESERVED HAPPINESS AND HAPPINESS ONLY

    Screw justice for Barb. #JusticeForAlexei!!!!

    You're not over it, I'm not over it, we're never going to be over it, OK?!? If you need me, I'll be over here. Doing this:

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    Rest in peace, precious Alexei.

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    CORRECTION

    In an earlier version of this post, Alexeiโ€™s prize was misstated. It was Woody the Woodpecker. I was emotional and didn't realize! There was a lot going on!