STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven and Jamie Campbell Bower as Peter Ballard in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Volume one in every of “Stranger Things” season 4 has one of many present’s most advanced story arcs to this point. From an impressive new cast to the return of beloved characters we thought we would misplaced, there’s hardly a second to marvel at the entire hidden ’80s Easter eggs earlier than one other character is swept beneath Vecna’s spell. At occasions, the plot is complicated, but it surely additionally gives solutions for a few of our most urgent questions.

Most notably, throughout the midseason finale, Peter Ballard (Jamie Campbell Bower), who’s been serving to Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) as she navigates the Nina simulation, reveals that he is really One, the primary check topic at Hawkins National Laboratory. After a prolonged clarification that sheds mild on the origins of Dr. Brenner’s (Matthew Modine) analysis program, One additionally reveals he’s Henry Creel and the true face behind Vecna.

While One’s clarification is lots to digest, he briefly hints at a fair greater fact that solutions a query we have had at the back of our minds since season one: the place did Eleven actually come from?

Is Eleven a Clone?

At the beginning of the sequence, we’re led to imagine that Eleven was kidnapped at a younger age in order that Dr. Brenner might conduct experiments about her supernatural skills. With a lot about her previous left up for interpretation — together with particulars about her organic mom, Terry Ives — it is easy to imagine this idea is appropriate. But fast-forward to episode seven, and One closely implies that Dr. Brenner, aka Papa, used One’s DNA to create the opposite supernatural kids in his lab.

After Eleven rips the monitoring chip from One’s neck, he kills each final child within the lab, leaving her frightened and confused. When she confronts him about his sudden change of coronary heart, he patronizingly explains the reality about his previous and the way in which Dr. Brenner used him to make a complete military of check topics, together with El. “When Papa realized he couldn’t management me, he tried to re-create me,” One says. “He began a program, and shortly, others have been born. You have been born.”

STRANGER THINGS. Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Need a second to digest that? We did, too. Like the Clone Troopers in “Star Wars,” Brenner seemingly meant to create a military of superhuman kids to situation and prepare as his personal. While the sequence implies early on that Andrew Rich, Ives’s ex-boyfriend, might be Eleven’s biological father, it seems that Brenner performed a key function in her delivery by genetically modifying her with One’s DNA.

Toward the top of episode seven, El is at battle with herself, combating to regain her powers so she will be able to shield herself from changing into One’s subsequent sufferer. As she struggles to regain control over her abilities, she briefly faucets into the reminiscence of her personal delivery. Though the scene is transient and principally obscured by darkness, we see just a few fast glimpses of El’s mom and Dr. Brenner. If the speculation that Brenner kidnapped El when she was a child rings true, it is unlikely that he can be there on the day of her delivery. But, if he had a hand in making her utilizing One’s DNA and her mom as a vessel, he would doubtless need to have eyes on his new creation from the very starting.

Are Eleven and Vecna Related?

While the main points of One and Dr. Brenner’s involvement in Eleven’s delivery stay fuzzy, fan theories posit that Eleven is One’s clone, making her his equivalent twin, and by definition, his sibling. Since the midseason finale confirmed that One is Vecna, it stands to purpose that, as his clone/sister, Eleven might’ve probably inherited the identical thirst for mayhem and destruction.

Season 4 would not take the time to indulge us in how Henry, aka Vecna, first obtained his powers, but it surely does indicate that, as the unique DNA supply for the supernatural clone kids, he is probably the most highly effective of all of them. As he continues to feed off the weak college students in Hawkins — probably with the assistance of the guidance counselor, Ms. Kelly — he grows stronger, opening extra new portals to the Upside Down.

Vecna’s powers are fueled by hatred, particularly reminiscences that make him “unhappy but additionally indignant,” an influence supply he tries to persuade El to faucet into throughout her time within the Nina simulator. Considering that El has actively risked her life on a number of events to avoid wasting her mates, the folks of Hawkins, and the world at giant, she appears fairly far faraway from the chaos demon introduced as Vecna. But season 4 additionally hasn’t shied away from shattering our notion of the whole lot we all know and love (um, Steve almost dying?!), so Eleven’s villain period would possibly solely be a brief midseason break free.

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