Stranger Things (2016– )
12 user 52 critic

Chapter Eight: The Upside Down 

Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save Will.


(as The Duffer Brothers), (as The Duffer Brothers)


(created by) (as The Duffer Brothers), (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)


Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save Will.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

15 July 2016 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Dustin is wearing a Castroville Artichoke Festival t-shirt in Chapters 7 and 8. Marilyn Monroe, still as Norma Jean, was Miss Castroville Artichoke Festival at the start of her career. See more »


After Elle/Monster showdown wide shot shows boys walking to front of room- on left side of screen there is a stuffed prairie dog seen standing. Next shot they are at front of room and prairie dog and stool are knocked over on ground though no additional action has taken place. See more »


Mike Wheeler: Guys, guys! This is crazy. We can't just wait around.
Lucas Sinclair: Mike, in case you forgot, we're still fugitives. The bad men are still looking for us.
Dustin Henderson: Yeah and we don't even know where your sister is.
Mike Wheeler: El can find them.
Dustin Henderson: [pointing] Mike, look at her! I still think we should stick to the Chief's plan.
Lucas Sinclair: Exactly. We stay here, keep El out of sight and keep her safe. That's the most important thing, remember? Besides, she's okay. She's with Jonathan.
Dustin Henderson: Yeah and she's kind of a badass now, so...
See more »


References Twin Peaks: Episode #2.22 (1991) See more »


Written by Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke and Johannes Schmölling
Performed by Tangerine Dream
Courtesy of Jive Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The pay-off!
17 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yeah, I'd call that an appropriate finish. Wraps everything up with a nice bow and still leaves you with burning questions. The main arc gets resolved, but somehow . . . doesn't. The Upside-Down clearly isn't finished with Will. And I love that they actually refer to the monster as the Demogorgon.

One thing I hadn't expected was to see Hopper emerge as the favorite character. He'd started out as a funny curmudgeon but really deepened in such a short time. And this is saying something coming in an episode that loses a main character.

I have the kind of questions that would drive a person nuts if the show's future were uncertain. Suffice it to say, I'm looking forward to the next season. It's just an eerie and addictive show. And as a finale, this was top-shelf; intense, moving and absolutely engrossing.


12 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page