The Ending Of Stranger Things Season 3 Explained


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


  • Looper


    6 days ago

    Which season of Stranger Things is your favorite?

  • M L

    M L

    3 hours ago


  • Jilleah Channels

    Jilleah Channels

    5 hours ago

    The third

  • lonely louise

    lonely louise

    8 hours ago

    2 was great

  • Love Muffin

    Love Muffin

    9 hours ago

    Season 3 ... I don’t know what to do with my life now lols

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

    Yes, I expect you to read all of it.

    10 hours ago

    This one

  • Deadshot


    21 minute ago

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

  • Beth Taylor

    Beth Taylor

    35 minutes 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

    58 minutes ago

    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


    2 hours ago

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

  • Alex


    2 hours ago

    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

    9 hours 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.

    Yes, I expect you to read all of it.

    10 hours ago

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

  • Roko Playz

    Roko Playz

    10 hours ago

    The 3rd one ended like endgame

  • Roko Playz

    Roko Playz

    10 hours 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

    ɢᴀᴄʜᴀ ɢᴜᴍᴍʏ

    11 hours ago

    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

    11 hours ago

    that was one stupid season. pure trash.

  • DragonHunter1202 was here

    DragonHunter1202 was here

    11 hours ago

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

  • Aegon Targaryen

    Aegon Targaryen

    14 hours 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

    15 hours 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

    16 hours 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

    18 hours ago

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

  • Franky Padilla

    Franky Padilla

    2 hours 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


    2 hours ago

    Yes. Similar themes.

  • wigglyboi


    18 hours ago

    I think that hopper got into the upside down portal somehow

  • Katya Sova

    Katya Sova

    19 hours ago

    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

    20 hours ago

    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

    21 hour ago

    did all the flayed villagers died?

  • Ανδρέας Ντόκας

    Ανδρέας Ντόκας

    22 hours ago

    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

    22 hours ago

    I was crying at the end while they said goodbye

  • PuffyNutty 2016

    PuffyNutty 2016

    22 hours 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

    Day 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

    Day ago

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

  • Enas Bassiony

    Enas Bassiony

    Day ago

    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

    Day 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

    Day ago

    I came too see that monster,it was ugly!

  • Kamal Kuti

    Kamal Kuti

    Day ago

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

  • movie jockey

    movie jockey

    Day ago

    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


    Day ago

    I binged all 3 seasons in one day xD

  • Tristan gurriah

    Tristan gurriah

    Day ago

    Rip Smirnoff

  • Mr Hawke

    Mr Hawke

    Day ago

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

  • Isaac S.

    Isaac S.

    Day 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

    Day ago

    This was a great series❤️

  • Tiffany Stoppelmoor

    Tiffany Stoppelmoor

    Day 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

    Day ago

    I honestly don't think hopper is dead

  • Shanes11


    Day 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

    Day 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

    ZadfrackGlutz Zesozose

    Day ago

    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

    Evan's Megazord reviews

    Day ago

    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


    Day ago

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

  • khxml


    Day ago

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

  • FuZeD Gecko

    FuZeD Gecko

    Day ago

    the note was sader then deaths

  • Si Greg

    Si Greg

    Day 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

    Day ago

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

  • Pie KiD

    Pie KiD

    Day ago

    Christmas special, just watch it

  • Fabien Sprange

    Fabien Sprange

    Day 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


    Day ago

    So what about those kids with powers???

  • Supreme Gaming

    Supreme Gaming

    Day 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

    2 days ago

    The unseen American is Hopper. I KNOW IT.

  • None None

    None None

    2 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

    2 days ago

    alexi likes strawberry flavor too

  • crazy eight

    crazy eight

    2 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


    2 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...

  • Ne Var Ne Yok ?

    Ne Var Ne Yok ?

    2 days ago

    Im sure that these events has sonething to do with chernobly(1986,which is vey very close to their timeline) also russian communist bad guys.

  • Dantheman0654 games

    Dantheman0654 games

    2 days ago

    It's more likely Dr Brenner in the cage because how else would the Russians find out about the gate and the demogorgon

  • Keii Bee

    Keii Bee

    2 days ago

    All the sacrificed characters start will a B Season 1: Barb Season 2: Bob Season 3: Billy Coincidence?? I don’t think so!

  • Let’s talk stranger things

    Let’s talk stranger things

    2 days ago

    What could bring will Joyce and eleven to Hawkins you ask something more powerful than... the mind flayer

  • Luci Lu

    Luci Lu

    2 days ago

    I want billy and hooper and alexei back

  • big man

    big man

    2 days ago

    El sister will come back train el up and will help her free hopper

  • Jeremy


    2 days ago

    Why is Cary Elwes not a bigger star? He looks like the quintessential movie star and every time he is in anything he totally kills it. Is he hard to work with or is there some reason he is not in more major movies??

  • TF FOC GRIMLOK The Siva Mind

    TF FOC GRIMLOK The Siva Mind

    2 days ago

    Plot twist: the demogorgon becomes Dustin's new newt

  • TF FOC GRIMLOK The Siva Mind

    TF FOC GRIMLOK The Siva Mind

    2 days ago

    Russian: is that a dog Demogorgon: you see, I was, but now I have evolved

  • Maaheen Saif

    Maaheen Saif

    2 days ago

    But in the ending the demodog is still there. Whereas in S3 they showed all the demodogs died you know...and even when the gates opened again the demodogs were not the main ones to attack this time. So how is it still alive??



    2 days ago

    Russians could be raising an army of Demogorgans and demodogs training them to be weapons in wars or battles and what happened to eight and the other experiments like El? I think we are going to see alot more of them in the future..

  • SansTheSkelly2018


    2 days ago

    2:07 what the hell is up with elevens fingers

  • Eulyvanno Christensen

    Eulyvanno Christensen

    2 days ago


  • liπh πgx

    liπh πgx

    2 days ago

    what episode did that russian jail thing happened

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