Stranger Things Season 3 Recap: Starcourt Mall, Eleven’s Powers, Billy, The Mind-Flayer & More

Now you’re trapped outside the other world with your little face, if you ever had a face, pressed against her window. But luckily, the little part of you that possessed the boy in the socks remained Secondly when some Russians (you’re starting to like those guys) open the door again. Honestly, this couldn’t have gone better for you. You use that little part of yourself to own a bunch of rats and a nasty guy with a perm. He, Billy, brings you townspeople who you melt into your nastiest minion monster yet, a dripping, spider-like flesh thing that will (finally!) rid you of that super-powered girl and keep you from getting hurt. close the door sharply. again.

The plan goes well, and your spider-like dripping flesh monster even manages to injure the girl and take away her superpowers (result!). So would you believe it? Just when your meat monster is about to destroy the girl and her friends who set off fireworks in a shopping mall, everything goes to shit. She strips the boy of the perm, he sacrifices himself, and the girl’s police chief’s foster father and the sock boy’s mother blow up the machine the Russians were using to open the interdimensional gate. The explosion closes the portal, severing your psychic connection to your monster and leaving you trapped in your home dimension once again. Boo!

Or if you prefer everything to be broadcast from an alternative point of view, find the basics of the third season below:

Starcourt Mall, Corrupt Mayor Kline, and the Russian Laboratory

Hawkins, Indiana went shopping-mall crazy in season three, but little did he know that the city’s new shopping complex was just a front beneath which Russian scientists could reopen the interdimensional doorway to the Upside Down. They’d paid Mayor Kline (Cary Elwes) to run their operation from under the Starcourt Mall, and they would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for those pesky guys. Strange things kids. When media nerd Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) accidentally intercepts a Russian broadcast, he and his friends ice cream parlor employees Steve (‘the barber’ Harrington) and Robin (a new character played by Maya Hawke) discover the secret lab. Steve, Robin, Dustin, and Erica were trapped there, but made it out alive.

Billy Hargrove possessed and Eleven loses her powers

In the third season, Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery), the older stepbrother of Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink) was possessed by the Mind Flayer in a steel mill on the outskirts of the city and used to do his bidding. The Mind Flayer’s offering was the kidnapping of several townspeople, whose bodies melted down to form a disgusting multi-legged monster that the Mind Flayer attacked Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). During a fight at Hopper’s cabin in the woods, Eleven damaged the creature but ended up with a bit inside her leg, causing her to lose her powers. She used the last part of them telekinetically removing the creature from under his skin, but even months later, she remained powerless.

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Realizing that his stepbrother was possessed, Max and company. he tried to work the evil out of her in a sauna (as they had managed to do with a possessed Will Byers, Noah Schnapp, in season two), but to no avail. Ultimately, it was a powerless Eleven who rescued Billy just as he was handing her over to the monster at the Starcourt Mall. Earlier in the season, Eleven had psychically witnessed Billy’s happiest childhood memory of his mother, which he used to lure the real Billy out of possession. He then sacrificed his life to save Eleven, Max, and Will, and the creature messily killed him.

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