Stranger Things: 11 best moments featuring Eleven

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10. First contact with Will

Episode: “Chapter Four: The Body”

Though viewers are aware that Will was alive — or at least have a strong reason to assume so — entering Chapter Four, there is doubt within the canon of the show. After all, at the end of the third episode, it’s believed that they found his body down by the quarry. However, Eleven is able to prove that’s not the case and really starts to pull the thread that causes the main highlights of the show to unravel from here on out.

While still being hidden by the boys at Mike’s house, Mike is lamenting that they’ve lost Will. However, El knows that’s not the case, at least in the sense that their friend is dead. Thus, to prove it to her newfound companion, she picks up the walkie-talkie that the friends use to communicate back and forth and uses her powers to connect with the Upside Down (though we don’t know it’s called that yet). In doing so, Mike hears Will singing The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go” from the other dimension.

What really seals this moment as one of the best of Eleven in the first season is her demeanor and reactions throughout it. Yes, it’s obviously an important scene to progress the plot, but the way that El looks stoically at Mike while making a connection with Will is haunting. Even more so is the way that she says “Will” when asked who that was singing on the other end.