I’ve got to give props to the folks at BuzzFeed for digging deep into this one (and providing the accompanying photos). We’ve already brought you features exploring Easter Eggs and fan theories and Stranger Things Seasons 1 & 2, but there was a detail just about everyone missed—and it’s likely to break your heart!
The characters Sherriff Hopper (David Harbour) and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) were both fleshed out in Season 2; each has a tragic past that was explored in detail, and (eventually) it was this shared sorrow that allowed the two to bond at a truly familial level. Fans have adored the sensitive relationship that developed throughout the, and the last episode made their father-daughter relationship official.
Hopper had lost his daughter while Eleven lost her father, so their union seems almost fated. And there’s a detail, a small yet poignant one, that illustrates the strength of their growing bond. Get ready to grab some Kleenex!
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We’ve known from the start that Hopper lost a young daughter, and Season 2 elaborated on the long-term effects this has had on his ability to connect with those around him. In a flashback, we get a look at Sara before she died. Pay attention to the blue hair tie.
When Sara’s hair falls out, Hopper wears her hair-tie as a bracelet.
And even after she dies, he never takes it off. Hopper doesn’t look like a man who dwells in the past, but here’s proof that Sara has never been far from his mind.
It’s totally, “Awww…” am I right? But it gets better. The last time we see Eleven, she’s at the middle-school dance, feeling like a normal girl for the first time. And check out the bracelet she’s wearing. She’s a real girl now!
Excuse me, I have something in my eye… I gotta go…
If you’ve been slow to draw, check out the trailer and synopsis for Stranger Things Season 2 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.”