5 best Will moments so far in Stranger Things

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3. The Mind Flayer gets Will

Episode: “Chapter Three: The Pollywog” (Season 2)

It’s hard to place these last three moments in any particular order, but certainly, the Mind Flayer capturing Will at Hawkins Middle School needed to be included.

After Dustin discovered what he believed was a new species in his trash can, he, of course, brought it to school in his handy homemade contraption to show all of his friends. After showing “Dart” to the gang, Will has a flashback to the end of season 1 where he coughed up a nasty slug into his sink, and right away a connection is made between the slug and this new creature that has been brought to him.

They begin to learn about how Will had heard the same sound that Dart makes before and remembered the slug from before. Mike concludes that Will must have acquired “true sight” and since he can “see” into the upside down that Dart must be from the upside down.

Dart ends up escaping the classroom due to Max picking the lock to the door, sending the group on a mission to capture him. Will ends up coming face to face with Dart in the bathroom which triggers another episode, sending Will into the upside down. He runs outside, seeing the Mind Flayer looming over Hawkins Middle.

Remembering Bob’s tale about Mr. Baldo the clown, Will follows Bob’s advice. He stands his ground, firmly telling the Mind Flayer to “go away!” He chants this over and over while the creature slowly inches closer and closer to Will. Eventually, The Mind Flayer forces itself into Will, taking over his entire body.

I love this moment in the show as it is a sort of catalyst for everything that follows. His possession ultimately leads everyone to learn that the only way to stop everything is to close the gate to the upside down. Also, even though it didn’t work, Will learned to stand up for himself and not question it. I don’t think it was bad advice from Bob, he meant only the best, but it certainly didn’t turn out the best for Will.