'Stranger Things' Producer Confirms A Major Character's Fate For Season Three


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So I watched Stranger Things 2 in the best part of a day, which, like most precious things in my life, I totally ruined by not taking the time to fully appreciate it.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved it (you’re not going to watch nine hours of something you hate, are you?) and often with these shows that are so hyped, they can end up disappointing, but I’m glad to say that’s not the case for Stranger Things 2.

What makes it such captivating (and addictive) TV, is not the fantastic storylines, wonderful acting and plethora of glorious 80’s pop culture references, but the fact that it poses more questions than it answers, leaving you wanting oh so much more.

Is Will Byers ever going to be a normal kid? When will Hawkins ever get a break from the Upside Down? Are we going to be treated to more of Dustin and Steve’s bromance? Is Billy going to get it on with Mrs. Wheeler? And why, oh why, did they do that horrible thing to episode seven?

There’s a lot to ponder, alright.

What we do know, though – thanks to producer Shawn Levy – is that one of the main antagonists from season one – who also makes a brief cameo in season two – will be making a return in the next series.

That person is the nefarious Dr. Brenner, the one who Eleven calls ‘Papa’ and the right wrong un’ who oversaw all the experiments on her in the Hawkins lab.

If you’ll recall, at the end of season one, he appeared to meet a particularly sticky end at the hands of the Demogorgon, although it was left somewhat ambiguous given that we didn’t actually see his body.

We did, however, catch a glimpse of Matthew Modine’s character in season two, during the episode The Lost Sister where Eight and her crew – as well as Eleven – are about to kill an ex-Hawkins Lab employee who told her Brenner was still alive.

Eight then users her powers to create an illusion of Dr. Brenner in Eleven’s head which is how we see him.

With that in mind, in an interview with Collider, Levy confirmed that it wasn’t the last we’ll be seeing of the sinister scientist.

He said:

“Whether or not people feel [episode seven] was entirely successful, the Duffers want to take some swings, and they know that they’re not gonna please everybody. But that feeling of the world getting a bit bigger especially coupled with the fact that it now seems clear that Brenner is alive, Brenner is out there.” 

This seems to tie in with what Stranger Things co-creators The Duffer Brothers said after the first season aired, when they spoke to IGN in 2016.

“I would say that if we were going to kill Brenner … as an audience member watching the show, if that was his death, that would be very unsatisfying to me — when the monster jumps on him and we cut away. He would deserve much more than that as an ending. So yes, there’s a possibility of seeing him again.”

It appears pretty nailed on that we’ll be seeing Dr. Brenner again at some point in the future, so it’ll be interesting to find out how many other children he experimented on and how Eleven deals with her old foe once again.

Perhaps the Mind Flayer is the least of the gang’s worries, after all…  

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