Considering that there’s a fifth and final season on the way, it was difficult to get hyped for a two-and-a-half hour season finale, knowing that the stakes weren’t quite as high as they will be next time we see these characters. (Stranger Things is not going to kill off Eleven, probably ever, but you know she’s gonna make it through season four.) Of course there’s no rule that you had to watch episodes eight and nine in one sitting. But we felt entirely obligated to power through… and also felt entirely exhausted, much like the battered Hawkins survivors, when it was all over. Didn’t you?
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