The Upside Down has been a significant plot point in Netflix’s Stranger Things, created by the Duffer Brothers. The show has featured the alternate dimension in every season but the new fourth season features it in a new way. It now seems to be under new leadership that is leading to the shaking of the very ground, as we saw when Steve, Nancy, Eddie, and Robin went into the Upside Down. While most of the viewers disregarded them as one of the strange phenomena of the place, we think it’s a hint. We think that the earthquakes in Upside Down could lead to something big in the future.
Stranger Things is a pop-classic show following a group of geeky kids in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, in 1983. The show kicked off when a girl ran off from the Hawkins National Lab and met these bunch of kids. Unable to speak properly, the kids called her Eleven, because of the inscription on her hand that read 011. That was the first time when we knew that Hawkins was not a normal city. Turns out, it was weirder than anyone could have thought. The Hawkins had been training a bunch of kids, with numbers as their names, for telekinesis. And one of them, namely Eleven, had used these abilities to open a gate to an alternate dimension, the Upside Down.
For three seasons, we wondered where the numbers 001-010 were. And were there children beyond 011? But most importantly, we wondered how much we knew about Upside Down. The first three seasons hadn’t revealed us much, except that the Upside Down is more like a pocket dimension. And this dimension was filled with bloodthirsty demons. And every successive season taught us something about this dimension that led us here!
OUR NEW THEORY ABOUT THE UPSIDE DOWN
Season 4 featured a bunch of new things about Upside Down, starting with the fact that El didn’t open the gate in 1983 for the first time. But it was during her telekinetic fight with Number One, in 1979, that led her to create a gateway between the two dimensions. One, who was a psychopath with a God-complex, now had turned into a being of the Upside Down. The fourth season saw him return as the all-powerful Vecna who had been using telekinesis to kill Hakwins’ teenagers. And every time he used his powers to communicate between the two worlds, he created a gate.
He had been opening gates after gates, open of which allowed Steve and the gang to enter the Upside Down. At the first glance, it appeared the same as the older season but some things made it very different. First of all, it had experiencing earthquakes, which isn’t common for the place. Secondly, we didn’t see any of the creatures that should’ve been there, namely the Mind-Flayer and the Demogorgon. And this makes us wonder if this subtle hint was leading to something BIG!
The Upside Down had mostly been accessible through a single gate. But for the first time, there were multiple ones that could allow an entire army of monstrous beings to cross over to our dimension. Or worse, it could mean that the very stability of the Upside Down as a pocket dimension is failing. And due to the multiple gates, it is trying to merge with Hawkins. And if we dare to say it, Hawkins might merge with the Upside Down.
WHAT MAKES US THINK THAT?
The earthquakes could only be the first sign of what we are going to see in the future. And the Stranger Things Bible called the Montauk, which is mainly the notes that the Duffer Brothers had thought of for the future of the show, confirms it. It describes how Upside Down will eventually take over Hawkins and that too, in detail. It says that once this cancer called the Upside Down spreads over Hawkins,
Electrical fields will be disrupted. Strange fungi will grow on structures and people. A heavy fog will drift in from the Atlantic. The temperature will plummet. Food will rot. Gravity will fluctuate. People will glimpse bizarre entities in their homes and businesses.
This is something that we have been seeing since the first season. However, it was only the beginning. The earthquakes are a direct hint that things will only get worse from this. And this will eventually lead to Hawkins being dragged into the Upside Down. The question at the last of the abovementioned sections asks, “If people can disappear… can an entire town?”
By now, we are sure that the Duffer Brothers have something big planned for us. They have already announced that after the fourth season, the fifth season will be the last one. So, if things are going to get worse, they will, very soon and very fast!