Warning: The following contains spoilers for stranger things Season 4 part 1.
As stranger things Fans dove into Season 4 Part 1, accepting everything from One’s transformation into Vecna to Mrs. Wheeler’s new hairdo. But they couldn’t get past the fact that in flashbacks to Eleven’s time at Hawkins Lab, she’s so much more articulate than the kid we met way back in Season 1.
“What gives?” asked the viewers. “Did witnessing Peter’s killing spree affect her verbal skills?”
Speaking to TVLine, Netflix hit creators Matt and Ross Duffer – aka the Duffer Brothers – offer an answer. “The trauma [of the massacre] Eleven was definitely affected,” begins Ross. “When we were writing the flashbacks, ideally the goal was to mimic her speech, with the pauses, with the limited words…
“But what happens,” he continues, “is that she’s surrounded by other kids in the lab. She is socialized. She then falls into a coma for some time, wakes up again and is then taken over by Dr. Burner completely isolated. That’s the story of Eleven.”
Chime in Matt: “If you meet her, she’ll be 9, right? And then she faints. She has no memory of any of this, which is why she needs to relive it [via Nina]. In the season 1 flashbacks that take place after the massacre, she is locked in a cell alone with no other children.”
No one else everyone, Yes, really. Eleven has “no interaction aside from the occasional unquoted dad,” Ross notes. “So that was the thinking behind” her language deficiencies when we met her versus her relative articulation skills in Season 4’s flashbacks.
Part 2 of stranger things‘ The penultimate season drops on Friday, July 1st.
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