The Girl Who Lived vs. VoldeMindFlayer?
Spoilers ahead from "Stranger Things" Season 2.
Eleven/Jane (Millie Bobby Brown) was benched for most of the team action in "Stranger Things" Season 2, but it sounds like she'll have more of a key role in "Stranger Things" Season 3. That's based on reading between the Harry Potter lines of a conversation between CinemaBlend and series creators Matt and Ross Duffer.
The Season 2 finale showed Eleven managing to close the gate, keeping the Shadow Monster/Mind Flayer in the Upside Down. And he's still in there, as shown in the final image from Season 2, of an Upside Down Mind Flayer wishing Eleven was his date for the Snow Ball dance at Hawkins Middle School.
To the Duffers, the Mind Flayer is basically Voldemort, with Eleven/Jane as the Harry Potter he didn't quite know existed until he was thwarted.
CinemaBlend asked the Duffers if the Mind Flayer would have a vendetta against Eleven, and here's how they responded:
Matt Duffer: Another really good question. I don't know. No, no, no. It's kind of the first thing, where you see him at the end of the show purposely coming face to face with her.
Ross Duffer: And the idea that he didn't know Eleven existed, much less someone with this kind of power, in order to keep him out. So then with that final shot, we wanted to hint at is maybe, yeah this thing is still there and it's not thrilled with the way events happened.
Matt Duffer: It's a little bit of the Harry Potter thing, in terms of 'Oh this is the one person who can stop me?'
A "Stranger Things" prophecy! Does Eleven also have a lightning bolt scar marking her as The Dark Lord's equal? (Maybe that's her 011 tat.) Seriously, though, if we're back to a situation where "neither can live while the other survives," we just have to hope that Eleven gets to live.
"Stranger Things" is planned to continue for at least four, possibly five, seasons on Netflix. So we can't expect a quick resolution to the story. That's not to say the villains won't change over time. In Season 1, there was just the Demogorgon. In Season 2, a little Demodog became Dustin's pet, with the Mind Flayer as the real threat.
Sounds like Mind Flayer/Moldy Voldy is still the big threat of Season 3. Along with puberty. Season 3 is meant to pick up about a year or so after the events of Season 2, which suggests Hawkins at least gets a brief break from the drama.
"Stranger Things" Seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on Netflix. Season 3 is expected at some point in 2018.
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