Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer 

An unlikely hero steps forward when a deadly development puts the Hawkins lab on lockdown, trapping Will and several others inside.


Matt Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Joyce Byers
David Harbour ... Jim Hopper
Finn Wolfhard ... Mike Wheeler
Millie Bobby Brown ... Eleven
Gaten Matarazzo ... Dustin Henderson
Caleb McLaughlin ... Lucas Sinclair
Noah Schnapp ... Will Byers
Sadie Sink ... Max Mayfield
Natalia Dyer ... Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton ... Jonathan Byers
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Dacre Montgomery ... Billy Hargrove
Cara Buono ... Karen Wheeler (credit only)
Sean Astin ... Bob Newby
Paul Reiser ... Sam Owens


The Demogorgons invade the laboratory killing everybody inside and Joyce sedates Will that is connected and giving information to them. There is a blackout locking the laboratory and Hopper and Bob head to get the power and systems back to let Joyce, Will, Mike and Dr. Owens leave the security room. Meanwhile Dustin, Steve, Lucas and Max meet Nancy and Jonathan at the laboratory front gate. Soon Joyce, Will, Mike and Hopper join them and they head to Joyce's house. But the Demogorgons are hunting them down. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

27 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bob braves the creatures in order to get the power back on in the lab compound, not unlike Laura Dern's character in Jurassic Park. See more »


When Jonathan and Nancy arrive at the guard house, there are no guards there. The guards wouldn't simply abandon their post when the alarm sounded. Also, when the power went out and didn't allow the gate to open, the guards would have been trapped outside with Jonathan and Nancy. See more »


Dustin Henderson: The Hive Mind. A collective consciousness. It's a super-organism.
Mike Wheeler (Wolfhard, Finn): And this is the thing that controls everything. It's the brain.
Dustin Henderson: Like the Mind Flayer.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Stranger Things
(Title sequence & end credits theme)
Written & performed by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
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Laziest writing of the series

I'll keep it short and sweet. Everything about this episode is predictable to the point of being laughable. If you have watched The Walking Dead, Supernatural, or any TV really, you have seen this episode. Very disappointed considering the rest of the show

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