Stranger Things: 13 scenes that pulled on our heartstrings

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8. Letting him die

Episode: 5

In their search for Will, Lucas disagrees with the rest of the gang about Eleven’s intentions. He doesn’t make any secret of this fact; from the very beginning of their journey together, he frequently calls her a “weirdo” and questions the use of her powers.

To be honest, this is usually a trope that I feel is pretty tired in sci-fi and fantasy: someone with powers or insider information comes along, and for some outrageous reason a member of the hero’s party just can’t bring themselves to trust the newcomer.

Like with this trope, I tend to believe that Lucas’ skepticism of Eleven is pretty unfounded. This girl has superpowers for crying out loud, plus she’s a 12-year-old girl who can barely speak in fluent sentences. While I realize she came from a sketchy government lab, I still would seriously doubt that she’d be the one up to nefarious plans, especially considering she’s running from bad guys who have literally killed people.

That being said, I love how Stranger Things used this convention. Lucas’ disbelief becomes so powerful, that combined with his feelings of resentment over the loss of Mike’s attention, his friendship explodes. In the heat of the moment, he takes a stab at his friend by accusing Eleven “She’s just letting him die in the Upside Down.”

You feel so bad for Lucas. He’s just a kid, and his very best friend is going cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs over a girl they only met a few days ago. All of those prepubescent feelings come tumbling out at once until he’s in a full-on screaming match with Mike.