Eleven Needs To Do This In 'Stranger Things' S2

by Emily Lackey

There are a lot of things that I hope happen in Season 2 of Stranger Things. And, I'm not the only one. Millie Bobby Brown (aka Eleven) spoke recently at a New York Comic-Con panel that Bustle attended about what she wishes Eleven would do more (maybe in Season 2?), and she had an idea that I can totally get behind. Obviously everything worked out the way it was supposed to in the first season, but that doesn’t mean that things couldn't be done a bit differently in the next one. Take Brown’s idea for how Eleven could evolve (provided she survives into Season 2 of course). "She's got to talk a bit more,” Brown suggested. "She's just got to.”

Even though it’s not entirely clear in Season 1 why Eleven is so hesitant to talk, it seems like there is a good reason for it. Whether it’s emotional trauma or just a reluctance to involve the other characters in the twisted world of the alternative universe she’s experienced, she really doesn’t say much for the entire season.

Brown went on to express her dismay at her character’s silence and her wish for how she could do things a bit differently if she returns to the show: “She just sits there ... whilst they're talking and trying to figure out this thing,” she said. “I'm just like, 'Talk! Talk, Eleven! Just say where the Upside Down is!' So, yeah, that really bothers me."

You have to love a girl who isn’t afraid to have an opinion and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Especially when what she is expressing is right in line with what a lot of fans feel. As much as the suspense and drama in Stranger Things was compounded by Eleven’s silence, it would have been nice to hear more of her voice in the first season. She can still be reluctant and emotionally scarred, but give that girl a voice, for crying out loud.

So I’m totally with Brown on this one. One of my many wishes for Season 2 of Stranger Things, in addition to having Eleven return, is for Eleven to find her voice and to not be so afraid of using it.

Additional Reporting By Martha Sorren.

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