ok but think about the people of hawkins who saw things, and heard rumors, but know nothing

“wait, so nancy wheeler and jonathan byers hooked up?

but now she’s back with steve,

and they’re all friends,

but nancy and jonathan have matching scars?

what the hell, dude?”

“i don’t know, joyce byers came in here and bought all my christmas lights.

and everyone said she went crazy

now her son is alive.”

“first, one of my students goes missing

his friends start behaving oddly,

ask me about alternate realities,

bring a mysterious girl to school,

somehow set my radio on fire,

and call me in the middle of the night to ask about

sensory deprivation tanks,

and now theres a swimming pool in the gym

and a hole in my chalkboard.”

“chief was gettin’ weird about the byers case.

he was disappearing, acting jumpy,

digging into conspiracy theories about hawkins labs,

got his trousers in a wad about some boy who apparently got beat up by a telepathic girl with a buzzcut

sometimes he still sneaks out with waffles

man, it was some weird stuff.”

“she made me piss myself! broke my arm!

she made wheeler fly!

she didn’t even have hair!

and now the queer is back from the dead??!!?!?”

“I was just watering my plants

and there were these kids on bikes

and then the van flipped.

i mean it seriously flipped”

just imagine all the people who have no idea what the hell is going on


The fact that Joyce was the only one to tell El that it was all right to stop if things got too bad while she was using her powers will always kill me. 

More than any other character who met El, Joyce had everything riding on her using her powers to find Will. She had more reason than anyone to look the other way on how it was hurting her. But instead of trying to push her to extremes to find him, she was the only one (besides possibly Mike) who really seemed conflicted about letting El help by using her powers. (And unless I’m mistaken, the only one to actually thank her?)

Joyce is a wonderful mother and a beautiful person and I wanted her to adopt El so bad, and for El and Will to get bunk beds and become friends and for Joyce to buy them a big box of 64 Crayola crayons with a built-in shapener so they could make all the drawings together and bond over their shared trauma.

my favorite part about stranger things is that one scene in the first episode where dustin brings the last slice of pizza to nancy’s room and is all like “hey you want it?” because at first i was like. here we go. we gotta deal with the trope of a kid having a crush on his friend’s older sister now again. oh joy.

but no. no that’s not what happened at all. he doesnt have a crush on her. it turns out dustin genuinely just wanted to know if nancy wanted the last slice of pizza because he’s just a nice kid. i love him.