New 'Stranger Things' Teaser Hints at Eleven's Mysterious Origins

Thursday, 12 October 2017 - 12:26PM
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 - 12:26PM
New 'Stranger Things' Teaser Hints at Eleven's Mysterious Origins
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Stranger Things is nearly back with new episodes after an agonizingly long wait, and as we enter the final countdown to the October 27 release of the show's second season, the promotional videos are getting a little obscure.

It's possible to assume that the new clip, titled Nosebleed, is a reference to the story arc that Millie Bobby Brown's character Eleven will go through in season two. What's not clear is how this footage will tie into the series as a whole.



"Sunflower, three to the left, four to the right, 450, rainbow." None of these words and symbols, repeated constantly throughout the short clip, seem to have any solid connection to previous parts of Stranger Things mythology, but the clearly clinical nature of some of these images suggests that they might have something to do with Eleven's years of privation and torture within the Department of Energy.

The meaning is hard to discern, but this may in some way tie into Eleven's ongoing struggle to come to terms with herself and her powers, and may be the key to understanding more about the Upside Down and the monsters that keep plaguing Hawkins, Indiana.

From a more complete trailer for Stranger Things 2, we got a glimpse of Eleven passing from the Upside Down into the real world, which presumably suggests that after her (spoiler alert) final encounter with the demogorgon at the end of the first season, she was teleported into the otherwordly dimension, where she's been living ever since. Or alternatively, perhaps she's now mastered the ability to slip between the two worlds with ease, in order to avoid detection from the government officials that still want to locate her.

It's worth remembering that Eleven's return wasn't always a certainty. Earlier in development of season two, showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer were still unsure as to whether they'd bring Eleven back at all. For them to change their narrative approach probably suggests that they realized how important Millie Bobby Brown's performance is to the success of the show, but it may also be because they discovered an engaging new place to take Eleven as she unlocks her psychic powers, comes to terms with her abusive past, and moves on to learn about and integrate into the world outside her former restricted life.

Whatever the sunflower or the rainbow might references, it's probably going to be a big deal as the show moves forward, and as we discover the extent of Eleven's abilities, as well as learning about where she came from and just how far the government's sinister schemes may have gone.

Here's hoping that Stranger Things season two manages to live up the hype and delivers a meaningful story point behind this confusing teaser. If it all turns out to be another product placement for Coke or Eggos, it's going to feel like a bit of a let-down.
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