The Ending Of Stranger Things Season 3 Explained

  • Published on Jul 9, 2019
  • Now that we've all binged Stranger Things 3, let's talk about the season's ending. Toast some Eggos, turn on the boombox, and watch out for the Mind Flayer. From shocking deaths to shifts in the status quo to what we can expect from season 4, this is the ending of Stranger Things 3, explained. Spoilers ahead.
    After a lengthy battle, Stranger Things 3 ends with an emotional departure, as the Byers family sells their little house in Hawkins for a new life somewhere else. Will has to say goodbye to his friends, Jonathan has to say goodbye to Nancy, and El has to say goodbye to Mike and the life she'd been building with Hopper. We don't know exactly where the family will settle, but it's a tearful upheaval that changes the landscape of the show forever. This whole story began with four friends Mike, Will, Dustin, and Lucas as they were swept up in an otherworldly adventure after a night of playing Dungeons & Dragons.
    Now, at the end of Stranger Things 3, the state of "The Party" has changed in a major way. Will the gang reunite in season 4? What could bring Joyce, Jonathan, Will, and Eleven back to Hawkins? Perhaps another crisis taking place over a holiday celebration?
    Watch the video for more about the ending of Stranger Things season 3!
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    Stranger Things 3 split the Party | 0:19
    Welcome to Hawkins | 1:12
    Eleven's long recharge | 1:39
    Stranger Things 3's Upside Down Russians | 2:19
    Hopper lives? Or someone else…? | 3:05
    Looking past Stranger Things 3 | 4:22
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  • Looper
    Looper  7 days ago +270

    Which season of Stranger Things is your favorite?

  • Isa and Pri
    Isa and Pri 2 hours ago

    Dustin: We need to save the world
    Suzie: NeVeR eNdInG sT--

  • Kiara Stuchbery
    Kiara Stuchbery 2 hours ago +1

    In season 1, when Eleven had a flashback of her going into the tank at the lab, there was a Russian there which could have been a hint about upcoming seasons. I don’t know if anything the Russian said gives away anything but it’s just a theory.

  • Chantell W
    Chantell W 15 hours ago

    I’m pretty sure the American is “bald eagle”

    xXxDEATHMASTER69xXx 15 hours ago

    Ugh why did max have to survive

  • love yoga
    love yoga 23 hours ago

    I want hopper back i will miss him "3 inches minimun

  • love yoga
    love yoga 23 hours ago

    I think hopper will be back

  • Amir Livni
    Amir Livni 23 hours ago

    The cast will be impossible to portray kids anymore, they should have wrap things up this season.

  • Wolf Storm Wizard

    so el superpower all realistic because it depends on energy if a person that had super speed that never get tired from running that impossible

    KHOA LUONG Day ago

    Wait hopper works for the Soviet Union spy

  • Void Gaming
    Void Gaming Day ago

    Season. Amazing
    Ending, satisfying
    Season 4? Yes
    Hotel? Trivago
    Overused joke? Yes

  • KawaiiGamer
    KawaiiGamer Day ago

    This isn’t a theory but it’s kind of a cool idea what if in S4 & S5 we could see the kids as adults but the threat of the upside down is way bigger than the other previous seasons. I don’t know like I said it’s an idea I think it’d be cool of them as adults mostly because I wanna see them as adults.

  • JeBolleMama
    JeBolleMama Day ago

    What if hes in the upside down with bald eagle?

  • Fr3nch1
    Fr3nch1 Day ago

    I watched the 3rd season in 2 days

  • ForceMaximus84
    ForceMaximus84 Day ago

    Season 4 will debut within the next two years. Calling it now that it’ll be set in Christmas ‘86.

  • Deadshot
    Deadshot Day ago +1

    For some reason Billy's death made me feel bad because I started caring for him this season

  • Beth Taylor
    Beth Taylor Day ago

    I think Eleven's powers have just ran out for a long period of time. Because of the amount she used, she has to re-charge it all and that would take a long while.

  • Bailey Criswell
    Bailey Criswell Day ago +1

    Remember at the end of the last episode of season three,
    The Russians where going kill one guy and they walked by a door and said “don’t kill the American” and went to the next door, I think hopper was the American . If you don’t know what I mean wants that episode again

  • EJT122019
    EJT122019 Day ago +1

    Hopper could of escaped to the upside down before the machine exploded and that might bring them back to save him

  • Alex
    Alex Day ago +1

    In the final scene the byers leave hawkins twice, first when El reads Hoppers letter and the second time after it. Does somebody have an explanation? To my this makes no sense !

  • The Roblox Wonder
    The Roblox Wonder 2 days ago

    Like Peter Huelsing said, The song heroes played during will's fake death, and hoppers believed death. I think they are linked through the upside down. Will was obviously trapped in the upside down making him linked. Hopper could've jumped through the small gap the machine made to get to the upside down as well right before the explosion. How did he get out? There was another machine back in Russia, solving the problem on how they said "No, not the American" way at Kamchatka, Russia.

  • Yes, I expect you to read all of it.

    That didn't explain why they left though ???

  • Roko Playz
    Roko Playz 2 days ago

    The 3rd one ended like endgame

  • Roko Playz
    Roko Playz 2 days ago

    Stranger things 4 might be a premovie how the monster came to life in 1960 or 10 years later after season 3 with complete new characters at a complete new story place and people like a reboot

  • ɢᴀᴄʜᴀ ɢᴜᴍᴍʏ

    I sobbed at the ending when hopper was reading his message and i blame everything on suzie because she mase dustin sing with her while it could've been faster when she just told the code

  • Jack Croatan
    Jack Croatan 2 days ago

    that was one stupid season. pure trash.

  • DragonHunter1202 was here

    "Now that we've all binged Stranger Things 3"
    So true

  • Aegon Targaryen
    Aegon Targaryen 2 days ago

    4 or 5 seasons doesn't cut it , at least make it 6 , i feel there is a few more of story to tell , even if the duffer brothers finish it at season 4 or 5.

  • Riaan Scott
    Riaan Scott 2 days ago

    It looked like the Russian's had a gate to the upside-down, when the Demagorgon was approcahing the prisoner, the gate in the background looked like the upside-down...

  • Sophia Wells
    Sophia Wells 2 days ago

    How was there a demegorgan still alive at the Russian prison base if they cut the brain from the body

  • Franky Padilla
    Franky Padilla 2 days ago

    Fantastic series. Anyone familiar with earthbound the snes rpg game. Don't this show remind you of earthbound.?

    • Franky Padilla
      Franky Padilla Day ago

      @Iamvalcristvalentine great show and earthboumd is a great game. Heck in earthbound there is a town that can be called the upside down.

    • Iamvalcristvalentine
      Iamvalcristvalentine Day ago +1

      Similar themes.

  • wigglyboi
    wigglyboi 2 days ago

    I think that hopper got into the upside down portal somehow

  • Katya Sova
    Katya Sova 2 days ago +1

    woah what if the American is brenner

  • A E S T H E T I C
    A E S T H E T I C 2 days ago +1

    Dont blame Suzie, for hoppers death because if they closed the gate at a good time the Russian wouldve probably killed Hopper because the machine being on was an only way to kill the Russian

  • Putang Ina
    Putang Ina 2 days ago

    did all the flayed villagers died?

  • Ανδρέας Ντόκας

    Just a thought about Eleven losing her abilities. Chief Hopper allegedly died in the end of the season but there is really not any evidence or footage of him dying, also his remains just vanished? We also have the Russians in the last scene who say "Not the American" before picking someone else to feed the Demogorgon. Many believe that Hoper ain't dead and until we find out in the next season, the producers of ST really made a big hype about the beloved Chief whether he is alive or not. So I believe that a strong factor which led the producers make Eleven lose her telekinetic abilities is for making her invulnerable of searching through them for Hopper to see if he is alive or not. (like she did to search for Barbara etc.) We would have already known because they showed us scenes months after the destruction of the weapon. If Eleven had those powers, we would have known that he is dead. Now can we know? The answer is no.

  • Daan Hermans
    Daan Hermans 2 days ago

    I was crying at the end while they said goodbye

  • PuffyNutty 2016
    PuffyNutty 2016 2 days ago

    One thing that bothered me was that the demogorgeon that was captured, couldn’t have been alive if the gate was open. Does that mean that the Russians re opened the gate?

  • Mehrox Syed
    Mehrox Syed 2 days ago

    i think brenner is dead ..i mean of his body would have been missing everyone would have known it...also the ward was retired when he said brenner trusts me and i can set up a meet its perhaps that he didn't know he died...also why would he say that if he was locked up by russians i think he is dead

  • Erick Duran
    Erick Duran 2 days ago +4

    El starts using christmas lights and the alphabet like joyce so she can find hopper😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Enas Bassiony
    Enas Bassiony 2 days ago +1

    If we didn't get a scene in S4 of Joyce watching Miami vice with Eleven on Friday night I'll be really upset

  • David Schertz
    David Schertz 2 days ago

    I think with all these new streaming services, Netflix is going to need the series to go on longer than four or five seasons. It’s their biggest original story yet.

  • paul leepoy
    paul leepoy 2 days ago

    I came too see that monster,it was ugly!

  • Kamal Kuti
    Kamal Kuti 2 days ago +1

    4:06 I’m gonna flip my shit if it’s Dr Brenner and not Hopper ❤️

  • movie jockey
    movie jockey 2 days ago +2

    Maybe, the prisoner is dr. Brenner and i do think he is the one who told the idea of opening the gate to the russians

  • bonikaboo
    bonikaboo 2 days ago

    I binged all 3 seasons in one day xD

  • Tristan gurriah
    Tristan gurriah 3 days ago

    Rip Smirnoff

  • Mr Hawke
    Mr Hawke 3 days ago +2

    0:00. I've done more than binge season 3 in stranger Things.

  • Isaac S.
    Isaac S. 3 days ago

    Well the new "rule" in star wars is if you don't directly see someone die on screen they arent dead, no matter how much its implied, so Hopper will probably come back somehow

  • Triston Grounds
    Triston Grounds 3 days ago +1

    This was a great series❤️

  • Tiffany Stoppelmoor
    Tiffany Stoppelmoor 3 days ago

    I believe it’s Hopper..... it’s gotta be! Elle has had so much taken from her and she needs him as much as he needs her!

  • Stacey Rivera
    Stacey Rivera 3 days ago

    I honestly don't think hopper is dead

  • Shanes11
    Shanes11 3 days ago

    The dudes we saw in the explosion had guts and blood flying around. You'd assume you'd see some of their blood and guts around the floor, but there's no trace of any of that when it came to where Hopper was standing during his supposed "death".

  • Nuna Harrington
    Nuna Harrington 3 days ago

    I cried like a baby.. When L read Harpers letter. My gradson said are you crying? He said don't worry it not real. 😊

  • ZadfrackGlutz Zesozose

    I have been studying how the Israelis spread Islamophobia in Western Media for the past five years. In the course of my studies I found out something that has been going on even longer. Israelis and Pro-Israel poeple in Western Media spreading Russophobia, Fear Propaganda targeting Russia, because Russia is the check on Israeli aggression towards it neighbors.

    This has been going on a long time. Fiddler on the roof is great example of this race baiting because it is at it's core: Jewish Russophobia.

  • Evan's Megazord reviews

    I doubt hopper survived that blast we saw what happened to the Russian scientists, but who knows? Only time will tell until season 4 comes out hopefully next summer or early fall 2020

  • Katyklein
    Katyklein 3 days ago

    For the last 10 minutes of the last episode I was sobbing so hard. Now I am really exhausted!

  • khxml
    khxml 3 days ago +1

    Gonna miss that "Terminator" looking guy, I'm guessing he is a 80's reference as well.

  • FuZeD Gecko
    FuZeD Gecko 3 days ago

    the note was sader then deaths

  • Si Greg
    Si Greg 3 days ago

    Hopper could be in Russia. With two gates open at the same time, they may interact together like, well, a Stargate..

  • Carnivore Scum
    Carnivore Scum 3 days ago +1

    If hopper ain’t comin back then I ain’t comin back for more stranger things frl frl.

  • Pie KiD
    Pie KiD 3 days ago

    Christmas special, just watch it

  • Fabien Sprange
    Fabien Sprange 3 days ago

    There’s a moment where Hopper looks at the portal before it’s closed by Joyce. My theory is that he went through the portal to survive and ended up coming through in Russia after several months travelling to the next portal location. He was one of two things to come through. Him and the demogorgon. The reason “the American” is not fed to the beast is because the Russians want to know how he survived in the upside down and why he was there in the first place. Maybe the reason they want the portal to open is because they want to transport soldiers through the upside down, undetected by America and then attack them from the inside. They need Hopper to teach them how to survive in such a harsh environment.

  • GrinchOLad
    GrinchOLad 3 days ago

    So what about those kids with powers???

  • Supreme Gaming
    Supreme Gaming 3 days ago

    I get it in my own way I think eleven moved in with the Byers bcus el is chief hoppers child and wills mom is hoppers girl friend so she gets to take eleven

  • vault of conclusion
    vault of conclusion 3 days ago

    The unseen American is Hopper. I KNOW IT.

  • None None
    None None 3 days ago

    The entire thing makes no sense just due to the fact of the underground base- no one knew about it and how was it built.

  • Dianna Mize
    Dianna Mize 3 days ago

    alexi likes strawberry flavor too

  • crazy eight
    crazy eight 3 days ago

    I think as he said elevens powers are used while taking out the thing in her leg she used all her powers so she’s still recharging

  • Texorz
    Texorz 3 days ago

    The gate is still opened because in the ending you could see that there's a demogorgan...Because when El closed the gate in season 2 all the demodogs died and Mike also said if the brain dies the body dies and the demodogs die....then in season 3 Joyce closes the gate and in the ending the demagorgan appears...that means some one reopened the gate...