SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22:  Actors Millie Bobby Brown (L) and Matthew Modine at Comic-Con International 2017 Netflix's "Stranger Things" panel at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
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There Wasn't Much Acting Going On In Eleven And Papa's Stranger Things Scenes
Before Dr. Matthew Brenner a.k.a Papa is killed for real in the second to last episode of “Stranger Things 4,” he releases Eleven’s shock collar and says, “I've only ever wanted to help you, to protect you. Everything I did, I did for you." For the actor playing Papa, Matthew Modine, the emotional lines were also true for how he felt towards Eleven actress, Millie Bobby Brown.
In the Netflix aftershow, "Stranger Things 4 Vol. 2: Unlocked," Modine showed his affection for Brown and reminisced about how sad they were on the day of the shoot. He said, "I honestly love Millie Bobby Brown. I feel paternal toward her. And, I know that what I said in the scene, [...] It's a truthful emotion."
While Modine and Brown had a loving father-daughter type relationship off-screen, Papa and Eleven’s relationship was a little more complicated. He used her like a human test case and controlled her emotions and powers, so when Eleven left him to die, it was as if she was finally empowered to be her own person and live the way she wants to.