Stranger Things fans confused after 'bawling' over villain's death

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Stranger Things fans are feeling pretty confused after a particularly emotional scene left them sobbing, even if it did include the death of one of the central antagonists, Eleven’s father Dr Brenner.

The character, played by Matthew Modine, was assumed to have died in the first season of the hit Netflix series, but he made his dramatic return in season four, before his real death, which ended up being surprisingly emotional.

The scientist, also known as Papa, raised Eleven until she escaped the Hawkins Lab at the start of the first series.

When trying to recapture her, Papa was assumed to have been killed by the original monster, the Demogorgon, however, it turned out he survived the attack and went on to work on a new secret initiative.

This season, Papa managed to convince Eleven to join him in his secret lab for her to regain some powers, and although she did, their plans didn’t last long.


In episode eight, the first of volume two which dropped today, the secret lab is discovered in a bid to find Eleven, and while the unconventional father-daughter duo try to escape for safety, Brenner is shot by a sniper in a helicopter.

Eleven, still with a collar around her neck, is found by her friends who come to her rescue, and just as she is about to leave with them, Brenner unlocks her collar and his death scene plays – which has left some viewers ‘bawling’.



In his final moments, he says: ‘You are my family. My child.’ I’ve only ever wanted to help you, to protect you. Everything I did, I did for you. I need you to understand. Please tell me you understand.’ 

A tearful Eleven replies: ‘Goodbye, Papa’ as she walks away, and viewers seem to be crying with her.

Another penned: ‘Me holding in my laugh after Brenner puts a shock collar on eleven moments after he dies with the “sad emotional music” playing in the background.’

Meanwhile, a third wrote: ‘Brenner did not deserve that emotional of a death. They should have ran over his head with the pizza truck.’

Stranger Things season 4 volumes I and II are available to watch on Netflix.

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