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Chapter Eight: The Upside Down

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"Chapter Eight: The Upside Down"
Stranger Things episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 8
Directed byThe Duffer Brothers
Story byPaul Dichter
Teleplay byThe Duffer Brothers
Original release dateJuly 15, 2016
Running time55 minutes[1]
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"Chapter Eight: The Upside Down" is the eight and final episode of the first season of the American horror television series Stranger Things. Written by Paul Ditcher and the Duffer brothers and directed by the Duffer brothers, the episode was released with the rest of the season of July 15, 2016.


Hopper, haunted by the death of his daughter Sara years earlier, gives up Eleven's location to Brenner, who in exchange allows Hopper and Joyce to enter the Upside Down to rescue Will. Back at the Byers house, Nancy and Jonathan cut their hands to attract the Demogorgon. Steve arrives just as the Demogorgon appears, intending to apologize to Jonathan about their fight. Steve, Nancy and Jonathan fight the Demogorgon and light it on fire, forcing it to retreat to the Upside Down. Meanwhile, Eleven and the boys are hiding in the middle school when Brenner and his agents arrive to kidnap Eleven; she kills most of them before collapsing from exhaustion.

The Demogorgon appears and attacks Brenner, seemingly killing him. Hopper and Joyce find Will in the Upside Down, unconscious with a tendril down his throat, and revive him using CPR. The Demogorgon finds the kids and Eleven disintegrates it, but in doing so strands herself in the Upside Down. Will is hospitalized. One month later, Nancy is back together with Steve and both are friends with Jonathan. Hopper leaves food in a box in the woods. Will coughs up a slug-like creature and has a vision of the Upside Down but hides this from his family.


Matt and Ross Duffer, the Duffer Brothers, directed the episode as well as writing the teleplay for it, and the story was outline by Paul Dichter.[2] The episode was preceded by "Chapter Seven: The Bathtub" and followed by "Chapter One: MADMAX." At 55 minutes and three seconds, the episode is the longest in the first season. Netflix released "The Upside Down" on July 15, 2016.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Upside Down (episode)". Stranger Things Wiki. Retrieved 2020-12-25.
  2. Duffer, Matt; Duffer, Ross (2016-07-15), Chapter Eight: The Upside Down (Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller), Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, 21 Laps Entertainment, Monkey Massacre, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, retrieved 2020-12-25

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