Stranger Things: 23 WTF moments from season 1

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2. Will’s disappearance

After the opening scene, we meet a group of kids playing Dungeons and Dragons. It doesn’t look like much, except for an otherwise precise rip-off of a ’80s movie you’ve probably seen before. None of these child actors look familiar, though. So we ask ourselves, ‘who are these people?’ and ‘why do we care if he casts a protection spell or fireball?’

By the end of the episode, it becomes pretty clear. (Especially if you weren’t paying attention to the episode title.)

Will, who apparently lives the farthest away from Mike Wheeler’s house, rides his bike home and discovers that he’s alone. During this scene, we learn that he lives with his mother and brother, both of which aren’t home, and most likely, for a valid if not unfortunate reason. Which is to say, ‘oh, he’s being neglected’ isn’t the tone of those few minutes.

As Will senses something amiss in his home, he runs out to the shed and loads up a gun. Though he looks scared, he also seems prepared to protect himself. And judging by the look on his face, it’s clear that the last thing he wants to do is pull the trigger. Compared to the scientist, Will’s disappearance isn’t messy. And that creative decision pulls us into the show even farther as we wonder what happened and suddenly feel bad for a character we just met.

Chapter 1: The Vanishing of Will Byers