Stranger Things Fan Theory: Is the Demogorgon Actually Eleven?

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 - 4:40PM
Stranger Things
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 - 4:40PM
Stranger Things Fan Theory: Is the Demogorgon Actually Eleven?
With the possible exception of Barb, Eleven is the biggest breakout character of the first season of Stranger Things. She's a bad-ass little girl with supernatural powers and a distinctive signature haircut—but according to a quickly-growing fan theory, she might have one more trick up her sleeve. After the events of the season finale, many fans believe that Eleven and the Upside Down monster Demogorgon are one and the same—two sides of the same coin.

Spoilers ahead!





The fan theory, summarized above by Uproxx, mostly turns on a few pieces of evidence: first, in the season finale, Eleven seemed to defeat the Demogorgon, but then they both disappeared, which made it seem like the two characters are connected somehow. Second, Eleven at one point states outright, "I am the monster" (although it's unclear whether she's being literal). And third, the kids call the monster the Demogorgon, after the Dungeons and Dragons antagonist that has two heads—one deceptive and one destructive—while the Stranger Things monster has only one head. As a result, many fans believe this name was foreshadowing that the monster is somehow a two-headed beast, namely that Eleven is the monster's counterpart. This would also explain why they both seem to have telekinetic powers, and why Eleven seemed to have such an anticlimactic ending.

Some pieces of evidence are more compelling than others; the statement "I am the monster," for example, easily could have been referring to the fact that she opened the portal that let the Demogorgon out into the world. But still, this theory makes a lot of sense, and doesn't even necessarily require that Eleven be evil. Since the Upside Down is essentially the "dark version" of many locations in our world, the Demogorgon could be the "dark" version of Eleven (not to mention that Millie Bobbie Brown herself admitted at AsiaPOP Comicon that she believes in the theory). 

There is, of course, a chance that this is all coincidence, and we probably won't find out until season two. But at least we can all agree that Eleven (and probably the Demogorgon) will be back, right?

Stranger Things season one is now streaming on Netflix.
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