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Why Was Will Able To Survive The Upside Down But Barb Wasn’t?

Will was snatched into the Upside Down well before Barb (Shannon Purser) was taken, but he survived and she did not. As Jonathan points out, Will is great at hiding. Matt Duffer explained to The Huffington Post that while Barb tried and failed to escape, Will survived because he was sneakier.

“He was able to hide. He goes, initially, to that cubby in Episode 3 inside the Byers’ house, which is why Joyce is able to communicate with him. We had this whole backstory for what Will is doing, but we don’t see it all.”

Barb’s disappearance was neatly explained with the government-orchestrated discovery of her car at a bus station. We see her death in the Upside Down, but the whole world knows nothing about her fate. The Duffer Brothers have promised that in Season 2 “there will be some Barb talk. Don’t worry. She will not be forgotten so easily.”

As for why Will wasn’t dead in the monster’s nest in the final episodes, Ross Duffer explains:

“It’s more like the monster bringing him back to the net, which is why Hopper and Joyce are able to distract Will into being held in this net like a spider caught in its web. He’s brought there by the monster for eating later. Is he there for other reasons? We don’t know. We have ideas.”

Which brings us to….

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Has Will Been Changed By His Experience In The Upside Down?

At the conclusion of the series, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp ) is returned home to his family, and everything seems to be perfect until he begins coughing at dinner. In the bathroom, Will coughs up what looks like a piece of the alien-like monster, which crawls down the sink drain. He then experiences a quick lapse where he appears to flash into the Upside Down, before returning to our world. There are a few questions at play here. Did the monster contaminate Will while he was in the Upside Down? Is he turning into one of the monsters we saw? Is he okay?

Ross Duffer talked about the effect the Upside Down has on Will in his chat with Variety:

We love the idea that [the Upside Down] is an environment that is not a great place for a human being to be living in. Will’s been there for an entire week, and it’s had some kind of effect on him, both emotionally and perhaps physically. The idea is he’s escaped this nightmare place, but has he really? That’s a place we wanted to go and potentially explore in season two. What effect does living in there for a week have on him? And what has been done to him? It’s not good, obviously.

But not just what effect did it have on Will, Ross hinted that all of the characters who traveled to the Upside Down might be affected in his chat with IGN:

“Did that affect anyone else?” Ross said. Matt added, “Three of our other characters were in there. They took off their helmets. Nancy was in there too.”

There is also the question of what was that thing that came out of Will’s mouth? It looks to be a living creature, the same slug-like creature we saw coming out of Barb’s dead mouth in the Upside Down. The creature is now apparently living somewhere in the sewer system in Hawkins Indiana. I imagine Stranger Things season 2 will explore monsters now inside the real world plumbing system, leading to a sequence which will give me more nightmares than the Ghoulies II toilet scene (I still have problems going number two in a dark bathroom at night).

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What Was That Egg Hopper Discovered In The Upside Down?

While searching the Upside Down for Will, Hopper comes across something that looks like a hatched egg, very reminiscent of the hatched eggs from the Aliens films. Are there other monsters lurking in the Upside Down? The Duffer Brothers have said that the monster we’ve seen in season one is one of a kind. They know “where this monster actually came from, and why aren’t there more monsters.” So was that egg the origins of the Demogorgon? And where does the egg come from if there isn’t a mother monster to birth it?

Unfortunately, I have not found one instance of the Duffer Brothers talking or asked about the egg other than an article from EW where the directing duo only reaffirm that they know the answer:

What the hell was in those yellow eggs? We know the answers to all these questions and more, we promise, but we wanted to keep the mystery alive, to leave the door cracked for potential “sequels.”

The only other interesting thing here is that they refer to it as eggs plural rather than egg singular.

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Why Did Hopper Get In The Car With The Men?

After recovering Will, we see Jim Hopper get taken away by two men in an unmarked black car. It’s notable that Hopper willfully goes with the men, who we assume must be part of the organization that worked in Hawkins Laboratory. We know that Hopper doesn’t disappear from Hawkins as we see him back at work at the police station for a Christmas party a month later.  But is Hopper now (secretly) working with the bad guys?

Ross Duffer told IGN that they “want to get into this in the next season.”

“The clean up and the mess of all this and Will dying and coming back to life, whatever happened at the school, the dead bodies… This is not a simple clean up job. It’s complicated. We have all these characters that know these crazy things happen. Sort of lead by Hopper, our characters are drawn closer to the government; with having to make a deal with the devil.”

So presumably this is part of the deal Hopper made with Hawkins Lab in that final episode. But what does the deal entail?

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