The latest season of Stranger Things has answered most of its questions, but like any good show, leaves some open for a future season to answer. One such question regards the fate of a character we last saw in the first season, and one of the show’s producer has given a pretty clear answer. (Spoilers ahead!)
Alright, so that description above is a little misleading… We did see Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine) in Stranger Things 2, but it was only within the realm of flashbacks and a hallucination. We last saw the character alive at the end of the first season, where he was left alone with the Demogorgon in his last scene, leaving many fans come to the conclusion that the monster either ate or mutilated him. But the seventh episode of this block of episodes raised a concerning possibility – Dr. Brenner may still be alive.
Talking with Collider, Stranger Things executive producer and director Sean Levy discussed “The Lost Sister” – the divisive seventh episode that served as a departure from other episodes in the series – and how it expanded the world outside of the fictitious town of Hawkins. More importantly, however, Levy explained that Brenner is, in fact, out there, as are other characters like Eight and Eleven that received abilities as a result of his unethical experiments:
“We took a big swing for instance to open the show with a car chase in another city, then Episode 7 goes to another city for an entire episode. Whether or not people feel that episode was entirely successful, the Duffers want to take some swings, and they know that they’re not gonna please everybody. But that feeling of the world getting a bit bigger especially coupled with the fact that it now seems clear that Brenner is alive, Brenner is out there. I for one think that that one scene with Modine and Millie in Episode 7 is one of the juiciest scenes, and it kind of brought me back to how haunting Modine is in that Brenner role. So that’s a major unanswered question, and also we’ve now confirmed that Eleven isn’t the only one. There are other numbers.”
Since the Hawkins Laboratory has been closed for good at the conclusion of Stranger Things 2, it seems like it would make the most sense to explore the nature of Eleven’s psychic powers instead of jumping right into having another supernatural threat enter the town through some other sort of rift. And if that happened, then who better to serve as an antagonist than Dr. Brenner?
Stranger Things 2 is now streaming on Netflix. Its cast includes Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Dacre Montgomery, Cara Buono, Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, Linnea Berthelsen, and Brett Gelman.
Stranger Things 3 is already in development, with Stranger Things 4 planned and Stranger Things 5 within the realm of possibility.
‘Stranger Things’: Top 11 Moments Of Season 1
Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things became an instant pop culture phenomenon after its debut last July. The Netflix Original not only pays homage to ’80s pop culture, Stranger Things actually lives up to its predecessors and deserves a place next to them on the shelf. Chances are you, or someone you know is completely obsessed with the show.
Now that we’ve seen the teaser, the wait is going to be even more arduous. To help fill the void as we begin the long wait for Stranger Things season 2, I’ve put together a list of the top 11 moments from the show.
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