For me, it was an unwanted detour; a story the deviated from everything that made Stranger Things nostalgic and fresh, treading into tired X-Men territory that’s been done to death. Others thought it was amazing, a break from established formulas that blew open the series’ core mythologies. I’m talking about Episode 7 of Season 2, The Lost Sister, wherein Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) met her Yoda/Obi-Wan in Kali aka Eight (played by Linnea Berthelsen) and learned how to use the Force.
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It turns out Stranger Things creators Ross & Matt Duffer weren’t so sure about The Lost Sister either; perhaps sensing fan backlash, they recently told Vulture the considered axing the episode altogether.
Matt Duffer: “When we got to the point of writing the episode, we wanted to see if we really needed it or not. We did actually toy with pulling the episode completely, but then the ending with Eleven didn’t work at all.”
Ross Duffer: “The idea is, if she is going to do this and we’re going to do this episode, she needs to learn something that allows her to succeed at the end. We wanted a lot of the season to be about trauma and pain these people have suffered from, and actually about confronting that pain in order to heal the wounds.”
What did you guys think of The Lost Sister? Did it add to the story or bring the momentum to a screeching halt? Let’s discuss in the Comments section! And if you’ve yet to experience the phenomenon that it Stranger Things Season 2, peep the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: Joyce (Winona Ryder), is attempting to make things stable for Will and his brother, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and she is dating an old high school classmate, Bob (The Goonies’ Sean Astin). “She’s trying to mask a lot,” explains Ryder. “I think she’s made this choice with Bob because she wants a good father figure in her sons’ lives.”
Meanwhile, Hopper (David Harbour) is attempting to keep all the events of last season, like the disappearance of Barb, a secret in order to protect Joyce and the kids. “It kind of falls on Hopper to be the voice of authority to say, ‘This did happen and this didn’t happen,’” says Harbour. “He’s struggling with the compromise that takes him to, having to lie and cover things up.” Siblings Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Mike are also much changed and mourning the (seeming) deaths of friends Barb and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). “She and Mike are both the most screwed-up because they’re the ones who both lost someone,” says co-creator Ross Duffer. “They’re both grappling with that, and we see the effects.”
Shaking up the dynamics in Hawkins is the arrival of another brother-sister duo, Billy (Dacre Montgomery) and Max (Sadie Sink). While Max becomes pals with the boys and attracts romantic interest from Lucas and Dustin (played by actors Caleb McLaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo), Billy doesn’t exactly make friends. Teases Matt Duffer, “Stephen King always has really great human villains. The evil in the real world is often as bad or worse than the supernatural evil, so we wanted to introduce a character like that.”