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  12 days ago +300

    Which season of Stranger Things is your favorite?

    • West Boys
      West Boys Hour ago


    • Dont mind me
      Dont mind me 9 hours ago


    • TestyMuffin
      TestyMuffin 13 hours ago

      I know it’s not a surprise when I say 3, but my favorite monster is actually the shadow monster from 2. I love how ominous and creepy it is when you see that giant shadow really high up in the clouds.

    • kujawii
      kujawii Day ago

      Looper season 3

    • reining shorty
      reining shorty 2 days ago


  • Tasha Shaffer
    Tasha Shaffer 45 minutes ago

    I rewatched the series after season 3. I think they are moving to Maine. In season two Bob talks about moving to Maine with Joyce. Before Mike leaves, he says to Eleven you can come up to see us.. So they’re moving north.

  • Am I Crazy?
    Am I Crazy? 7 hours ago +2

    Do you see that there is a black out after Joyce switches the 2 keys??? And then the laser or tesla thing just rotate itself faster but, you will see on the left side that Hopper isn't standing there, even the shadow himself, if he's dead, then why they didn't show Hopper turned into ashes just the Russians who came inside. Another thing is, if Hopper isn't the american inside the cell, maybe Dr. Brenner, but for me it's quite impossible because Dr. Brenner is British, and do you know the last episode of season 1 that Dr. Brenner tackled by the Demogorgon, what if Dr. Brenner had superpowers because he's not scared of Eleven and he tackled by the demogorgon, because demogorgon aren't easily to kill with guns. And isn't weird that the season 3 had less screen time in the upside down? Sorry for my grammar.

  • Rehaan Khan
    Rehaan Khan 10 hours ago

    I was having a good day but than i decided to watch stranger things s3 e8 😭

  • ImVeryCoolLOL
    ImVeryCoolLOL 21 hour ago

    Next season is probaly gonna be released in 2019 christmas or something, BUT MAN DO I WANNA MEET EL AND MIKE AND DUSTIN AND WILL

  • Jason Chapman
    Jason Chapman 21 hour ago

    I think they should follow the same premise as It. Film season four in 1986. Then do a final season set in modern day where they are all grown up.

  • BoostFlame
    BoostFlame Day ago

    what happened to the demodog in joyces fridge from season 2?

  • Robyn L 11
    Robyn L 11 Day ago

    How come I never saw them feeding soldiers to the demogorgan

  • Cao Tuan Vo
    Cao Tuan Vo Day ago

    Idk but I feel like a lot characters acted irracionally a lot in the 3d season

  • GD Don’tQuit
    GD Don’tQuit Day ago +1

    The American or whatever the Russians call it might be hopper because right before the Machine to open the gate exploded he wasn’t in the scene so there is a possible chance that hopper ran away in time or he went through the gate and once he was in the upside down he found a way out through the gate in Russia where the Russians got the Demogorgon
    This is just a theory it might not be correct but it is most likely that I am right

  • NightPhoenix
    NightPhoenix Day ago

    Stranger Things is..
    _a never ending story_

  • Kristóf Kormos
    Kristóf Kormos Day ago

    Can someone tell me why is Eleven going with the Byers..?

  • Gukchii
    Gukchii Day ago +1

    It’s funny cause the guy was saying to Alexi this is American as it gets, then Alexi gets shot, coincidence I think not, hotel trivago.

  • q_rps art
    q_rps art 2 days ago

    Why did they have to kill of my boy Smirnoff and the chief

  • Karteeon HD
    Karteeon HD 2 days ago

    If Eleven‘s powers are gone i am gonna not look anymore Stranger Things

  • Hans Werner
    Hans Werner 2 days ago

    what's deal with calling it "demigorgon"?

  • degan Muscovik
    degan Muscovik 2 days ago

    What if the green goo powers up Elevens powers

  • Mihael Bednjički
    Mihael Bednjički 2 days ago

    2003: finding Nemo
    2016: finding Dory
    2019: finding Hooper

  • aman kumar
    aman kumar 2 days ago

    Plz open the gate 3 inchs for your poor father

  • Nightwing Noir
    Nightwing Noir 2 days ago

    I really wish they could have waited another year to move. Jonathon only has one more year of high school left!

  • Melanie Averruz
    Melanie Averruz 3 days ago +1

    My prediction of who’s gonna die in st4: Robin :(
    Her last name starts with b and everyone that has died in stranger things their names or last names started with a b.
    Hopefully this doesn’t happen ;-;

    CLAVIN ZKL 3 days ago

    I waited like 1 week and i DID binge watch it evwn tho it didint have a lot of episodes

  • Gacha T
    Gacha T 3 days ago

    Well in season 2 the last episode she used alot of strength to close to portal to the upside down so.. How did she lose them now?

  • TheLionAter
    TheLionAter 3 days ago

    But why is eleven going with the Byers?

  • Landon Vachon
    Landon Vachon 3 days ago

    Possibility, It could be her...It could be BARB!

  • Landon Vachon
    Landon Vachon 3 days ago +1

    What if the Demogorgon in Season 1 never died!?

  • Aimon Azhar
    Aimon Azhar 3 days ago

    WHO else wants hopper back 😢😢

  • Elisa M.O
    Elisa M.O 3 days ago

    Hopper better come back 😭

  • fource lyy
    fource lyy 4 days ago +1

    🖕It isn't the last season

  • Ashannie Is so cute
    Ashannie Is so cute 4 days ago

    Why did eleven and will have to leave?

  • Gracie Hadlich
    Gracie Hadlich 4 days ago

    Please bring El’s sis back to help her find her power again!!! I miss that collab!

  • Ryan Palmer
    Ryan Palmer 4 days ago

    Honestly, i think that in season 4, el would lose her powers and everyine would rely on will, becasue Will's powers will get stronger. and when hopper gets killed, well, he dosen't. i think that he hopped into the upside down right before the explosion. then everyone will mett back up in hawkins because will could sense that hopper was still alive, and they will adventure into the upside down the find him.

  • ConnorM_16 _16
    ConnorM_16 _16 4 days ago

    Does everyone know that there is scene after the credits?

  • Josh Lavers
    Josh Lavers 4 days ago

    THEORY: Anyone else think that Alexi may be the American? He wanted to experience what he considered the "American Dream" and was beginning to enjoy his time there. If he was brought in by the Russians cause he didn't actually die they could be calling him American cause he sided with them? Thoughts?

  • Pauleen Cua
    Pauleen Cua 4 days ago

    If you guys are blaming Suzie.. If Dustin would let her sign off.. They would all die because they wouldn’t have the code.. All though they did the song to entertain the audience. It is sad that Hopper and Bob died though..

  • Isa and Pri
    Isa and Pri 5 days ago +1

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

  • Kiara Stuchbery
    Kiara Stuchbery 5 days ago

    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 5 days ago

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

    xXxDEATHMASTER69xXx 5 days ago

    Ugh why did max have to survive

  • love yoga
    love yoga 5 days ago +1

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

  • love yoga
    love yoga 5 days ago

    I think hopper will be back

  • Amir Livni
    Amir Livni 5 days ago

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

  • Wolf Storm Wizard
    Wolf Storm Wizard 5 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    Wait hopper works for the Soviet Union spy

  • Void Gaming
    Void Gaming 6 days ago

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

  • KawaiiGamer
    KawaiiGamer 6 days 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 6 days ago

    What if hes in the upside down with bald eagle?

  • Fr3nch1
    Fr3nch1 6 days ago

    I watched the 3rd season in 2 days

  • ForceMaximus84
    ForceMaximus84 6 days ago

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

  • themasterpanda
    themasterpanda 6 days ago +1

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

  • Beth Taylor
    Beth Taylor 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 days ago +2

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

  • Alex
    Alex 6 days 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 7 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 7 days ago

    The 3rd one ended like endgame

  • Roko Playz
    Roko Playz 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 days ago

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

    • Franky Padilla
      Franky Padilla 6 days 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 6 days ago +1

      Similar themes.

  • wigglyboi
    wigglyboi 7 days ago

    I think that hopper got into the upside down portal somehow

  • Katya Sova
    Katya Sova 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 days ago

    I was crying at the end while they said goodbye

  • PuffyNutty 2016
    PuffyNutty 2016 7 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 7 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 7 days ago +5

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

  • Enas Bassiony
    Enas Bassiony 7 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 7 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 7 days ago

    I came too see that monster,it was ugly!

  • Kamal Kuti
    Kamal Kuti 7 days ago +2

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

  • movie jockey
    movie jockey 7 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 7 days ago

    I binged all 3 seasons in one day xD

  • Tristan gurriah
    Tristan gurriah 8 days ago

    Rip Smirnoff

  • Mr Hawke
    Mr Hawke 8 days ago +2

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

  • Isaac S.
    Isaac S. 8 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 8 days ago +1

    This was a great series❤️

  • Tiffany Stoppelmoor
    Tiffany Stoppelmoor 8 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 8 days ago

    I honestly don't think hopper is dead

  • Shanes11
    Shanes11 8 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 8 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 8 days ago

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

  • khxml
    khxml 8 days ago +1

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

  • FuZeD Gecko
    FuZeD Gecko 8 days ago

    the note was sader then deaths

  • Si Greg
    Si Greg 8 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 8 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 8 days ago

    Christmas special, just watch it

  • Fabien Sprange
    Fabien Sprange 8 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 8 days ago

    So what about those kids with powers???

  • Supreme Gaming
    Supreme Gaming 8 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 8 days ago

    The unseen American is Hopper. I KNOW IT.