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


  1. Looper

    Looper4 months ago

    Which season of Stranger Things is your favorite?

  2. Tony Arles

    Tony Arles26 days ago


  3. Christian Francis

    Christian FrancisMonth ago

    i like all of them but season 3 was my favorite

  4. Rafael Ventura

    Rafael VenturaMonth ago

    S3 is the best imo

  5. Exot1cBeast 22

    Exot1cBeast 22Month ago

    3 or 2

  6. Semolina Pilchard

    Semolina Pilchard2 months ago

    @Looper Season 1! It had a Twin Peaks like quality. Season 2 was okay, but season 3 was terrible, like a shitty 80s comedy.

  7. Chloe Sei

    Chloe Sei2 days ago

    I still blame Suzie

  8. PennyCandy

    PennyCandy5 days ago

    my theory: when eleven closed the gate she didn’t close it all the way, so that’s why she had her powers. when they properly closed it, it took away her powers as well. maybe the gate gave her her powers. without it, she doesn’t have them


    DEATH SKULL5 days ago

    I want to join stranger things I know you guys I have seen you guys pls just America in Boston train station you can stop there

  10. Zeph Catibog

    Zeph Catibog17 days ago

    Why eleven(Millie Bobby Brown) leave Hawkins too?? 😔😔what if monster attacks Hawkins again who will save Hawkins??!?!! But I hope her powers will be back Maybe her powers shut down because she's tired Edit:I was shocked that there's one more demogorgon OH NO!! what if the demogorgon gets out in the cage!? And actually the ending is so so emotional I really what if ending is when they are really old so stranger Things is the longest film/movie/season movie in Netflix...

  11. Fathoni Derko

    Fathoni Derko23 days ago

    i hope the fourth season will focus more on eleven and the kids who have super powers i bet there must be more of them

  12. Brydie Norris

    Brydie Norris29 days ago

    I was crying so much in the last episode of season 3, I NEED TO KNOW WHEN SEASON 4 IS COMING OUT ASAP!!!!!

  13. Rxsetta

    RxsettaMonth ago


  14. Castle Byers

    Castle ByersMonth ago

    Wait so eleven left with will and Joyce to Maine? Someone please explain.

  15. Kyla_ Angul0

    Kyla_ Angul0Month ago


  16. Bobi Dechev

    Bobi DechevMonth ago

    Well Suzi wasn't that hot haha She is fat... wtf and around AVERAGE face looking

  17. Shashwat Agrawal

    Shashwat AgrawalMonth ago

    Cuz of her neverending story two people got killed

  18. Cornelius- Terb- flex capacitor

    Cornelius- Terb- flex capacitorMonth ago

    I wil miss Chief Hoppers character like crazy!!!! Stranger Things is the first TV show I really like in 7 years! I'm crazy about Stranger things. But if Chief Hopper is really dead then I wish I never knew about the existence of this TV series!!!!! Chief Hopper was a really lovable,cool and realistic character. He played a father figure extremely convincingly! You can almost feel the love he has for 11!! If they don't bring him back for season 4 l will be more disappointed then I've been in something in many, many years!!

  19. D Bustillos

    D BustillosMonth ago

    They went to mane like bob said

  20. Le Jake Gacha

    Le Jake GachaMonth ago

    S1: my boy will ): S2: my boy will ): S3 magnets )): I aint that unoriginal The pattern shows S3 is not the end of magnets. S4: magnets )): S5?: my crackers )):

  21. ShoalBear

    ShoalBearMonth ago

    Hopper didn't die. Hopper ain't the American! Hopper is in the down under. Murray is the American. You're welcome.

  22. A RandombOi

    A RandombOiMonth ago

    "we're not in hawkins anymore"

  23. Spectre 4k

    Spectre 4kMonth ago

    My theory: If the upside down was a parallel universe, then it’s a parallel universe

  24. •Moonlight Gacha•

    •Moonlight Gacha•Month ago


  25. DerpThug

    DerpThugMonth ago

    Why Hopper didn't run when the key is going to turn it on? Duffer Brothers is idiot.

  26. Rebecca Coopwood

    Rebecca CoopwoodMonth ago

    So I’m only ten so I can’t watch stranger things but why is it that my sisters 14 and watches it and I know so much more than her?

  27. Tom Travels

    Tom TravelsMonth ago

    Just as long as it’s set in Hawkins again and Eleven, Will, Jonathan and Joyce all return, with Eleven and Jonathan still in love with Mike and Nancy respectively, then I don’t care what happens.

  28. Futuristic Faze

    Futuristic Faze2 months ago

    Hold on What if the new demogorgon was Dustin’s pet but captured?

  29. Johan 요한

    Johan 요한2 months ago

    stranger things only kills significant people with names that start with "B". (B)arb, (B)ob, (B)illy. Hoppers fist name is Jim so if they killed him it would have screwed up the streak.

  30. Josh Taylerson

    Josh Taylerson2 months ago

    Did she move with the Byers

  31. AgentWuT

    AgentWuT2 months ago

    Hopper is still alive he's in the upside down world

  32. tipsy ilodibe

    tipsy ilodibe2 months ago

    hopper still alive and eleven will get her powers back with more abilities due to the mix of her blood with the mind flayer

  33. Jimmy Perez

    Jimmy Perez2 months ago

    Wow this season was awful and I'll pass on season 4.

  34. French Pugs

    French Pugs2 months ago

    Anyone lse Ball their eyes out on the last episode No just me..

  35. Little Wolf

    Little Wolf2 months ago

    I still don’t understand why El had to leave at the end?????

  36. Angel Harris

    Angel Harris2 months ago

    When will season 4 come out

  37. TR0naL0G1cAl 814

    TR0naL0G1cAl 8142 months ago

    I think December time next year is season 4

  38. gamester06

    gamester062 months ago

    Everyone who died begins with B... Bob Barb Billy Therefore, it could suggest that Hopper isn't dead as it doesn't follow that pattern, and normally it's only 1 person who dies each season

  39. _desperate__enough_

    _desperate__enough_2 months ago

    Is anyone triggerd by the fact that he says *DeMiGoRgAn*

  40. sara

    sara2 months ago

    i'm only at season 1... what am i doing to myself

  41. natethegreat94

    natethegreat942 months ago

    Maybe the Russians kidnapped him and are holding him hostage if you saw the video at the end it showed a guy who got killed by the demagorgan maybe hopper will end up there and they have to try and save hopper and bring him back home

  42. Joe Jeep

    Joe Jeep2 months ago

    Could 011's mom be 001 and her mother (her conscience) the builder of the upside down?

  43. Ori Ronen

    Ori Ronen2 months ago

    It was an amazing season! but it felt that too many times there are no other people in Hawkins except the gang and the russians... like there is a giant MIND FLAYER in town that almost no one expose to 🙄

  44. Alice 1919

    Alice 19192 months ago


  45. MR.Zieniu :D

    MR.Zieniu :D2 months ago

    All i want really is Nancy and Jonathan together I just wanted from the start to see them doing thinks together , hope Nancy won't find new BF

  46. luvkae

    luvkae3 months ago

    i think el’s powers will come back stronger and at the end of season 4 they will have hopper back

  47. jordan doherty

    jordan doherty3 months ago

    Did anyone else notice will was the only one without a girlfriend and when joyce was saying about love to him he thought it was disgusting I think that's because they where talking about Jonathan and Nancy also he was so angry when everyone got girlfriend SO I think ... Will is gay

  48. Leon Čarapović

    Leon Čarapović3 months ago

    Hoper didn't die he went in the upside down because when doctor and Will's mom looked at gate it wasn't fully closed and it looked a bit active and thats why Eleven lost her powers so we should prepare for Jim's return in season 4

  49. Leon Čarapović

    Leon Čarapović3 months ago

    The best ones die. You all should prepare for death of Eleven at the end of 4th season

  50. erithra cyan

    erithra cyan3 months ago

    Last episode:After tfios,it was the first time when I literally cried like hell. I said LITERALLY....

  51. Wierd Tuber Pro

    Wierd Tuber Pro3 months ago

    Reason why hopper might still be alive: when joyce was closing the gate he wasn’t there so it might have a chance that he could still be alive

  52. Kate Parra

    Kate Parra3 months ago

    Am I the only one on season 1?

  53. zoe

    zoe3 months ago

    i hope hopper is alive he’s honestly my favorite😭he’s probably in the upside down

  54. User 1234567

    User 12345673 months ago

    My theory is that hopper is still alive maybe in the upside down, he could have gotten blown through in the explosion, so something has stopped elevens powers so she can’t find him. I think “The American” is Murray (the detective/scientist) bc his number could be tracked as hopper gave it over the phone. The gate must not be closed or if it is Murray has explained to the Russians how to get into the upside down another way ( like through another portal) but No matter what a door to the upside down has to be open somewhere bc otherwise the demogorgan would not be living ( remember you close the gate the army dies) I don’t know whether the US government or the Russian government opened the gate but it has to be open for the last scene to make sense. They would not want to kill an American who had tons of knowledge on breaking into the upside down. Season 4 could even turn political like USA vs Russia fighting for the underworld like a replay of world war but in a different dimension

  55. Arctic Haze

    Arctic Haze3 months ago

    I'll explain it to you. The thing Eleven holds in her hand is the handset of a stationary phone. People used such cable connected devices to communicate in the era the series is set.

  56. Aine Whelan

    Aine Whelan3 months ago

    Everyone in my family thinks Hopper is still alive

  57. Ryan's & Kyle's FNAF World

    Ryan's & Kyle's FNAF World3 months ago

    I only saw Stranger things 3 final battle

  58. Valeria Perez

    Valeria Perez3 months ago

    I wish I was Millie she is so pretty and a much a good actor!!!!!!!!!!!!!😭😩😭😩😩😭😩😩😭😭😩😭😭😩😩😭😩😩😭😩😭😩😭😭😩

  59. Vanessa Galdamez

    Vanessa Galdamez3 months ago


  60. hXD JEWEET

    hXD JEWEET3 months ago

    Deathcounter Season 1: Benny ,Brenner ,barb Season 2: BOB Season 3: Billy Hipper has no B lol

  61. Frozone. exe

    Frozone. exe3 months ago

    Why did joyce leave hawkins

  62. Just Daniel

    Just Daniel3 months ago

    The 3rd season was pretty weak in very honest opinion

  63. Myles Lee

    Myles Lee3 months ago

    Russians aren’t bad guys

  64. Katie _

    Katie _3 months ago

    Guys. Jim (Hopper) could still be alive. The song that was played during Will’s are death was also played when Jim “died”. Although, the American in Russia could be either Dr. Brenner, Eight, or a new character, because how else would the Russians know about the Upside Down? (I’m not saying I don’t think it’s Hopper, though..) Edit: Oof, someone already commented about the song thing. Just noticed that-

  65. R.p Singh

    R.p Singh3 months ago

    I'm really confused is there gonna be a season 4?

  66. YUNG FLY TY Die

    YUNG FLY TY Die3 months ago

    Wonder how the people names that start with B all died bob Billie and Barbara