what she says: I’m fine
what she means: the pain and suffering Joyce Byers went through during the first season of Stranger Things was traumatic and it still breaks my heart. After the bathroom scene in episode eight, I don’t think Joyce or myself is ready for what’s sure to come in season two.
Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) is one of the best written characters and is a saint. She is a wonderful mother. You see that her son has a password for his fort. She remembered the password and respected his rules, and he trusts her with the password.
You see the pride she has in providing things her kids love despite her low income. “what kind of a mother can’t afford markers?” You can tell it’s a struggle and that she wants the best for her kids. Will is missing a red crayon and not only is she is taking an interest in his art, she cant stand to see him limited.
I love she knew where Jonathan wanted to go to college since he was 6. My mom cant tell you things like that.
She’s over worked and underpaid but she takes the time to pay attention to her kids.
These scenes just break my heart and anchor her and us as the audience in her search for her missing son.