– by Joseph Jammer Medina

By and large, Season 2 of Stranger Things managed to be a welcome return for most fans. The expectations were very high, and yet, the filmmakers manage to bring something to the table that was both more of the same and fresh. However, if there is one aspect of the shell that is decidedly split among both fans and critics it is the now infamous Episode 7.

In that episode of the season, Eleven ventures outside of Hawkins, Indiana, and heads to Chicago to find herself. While there she meets up with a former friend and “sister” of hers, who also has similar abilities.

Much the disappointment of many fans, this episode is pretty much detached from the rest of the season, making it the black sheep. However, the creators and show runners have defended this episode, and most recently, while at the vulture fast, they defend it once again.

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Here’s what one of the creators, Rosa Duffer, had to say:

“We were excited about spending a little time away. We only say it’s like a movie, but it’s not. So some of it is us experimenting with the form, this eight hour, nine hour thing. ….So we got excited about taking a breather before we dive back in…and it annoyed some people.”

But that wasn’t all. Fellow creator and brother Matt Duffer said that the point of the episode was to give audience is a bit of whiplash.

“It was intended to give you whiplash. Whether the whiplash was too strong or not, I don’t know.”

But don’t think that the creators were simply looking to stretch their muscles and shake things up, according to executive producer Shawn Levy, the episode also features very important story elements that help to justify its existence.

“It also brings Eleven back at the end of Episode 8 with so much power. Whether people love or don’t love Episode 7, we always knew the boys wanted to try something bold. And it does allow Eleven to learn about the source of her powers and gain more, which we would need for Episode 9. So her going away makes that return at the end of episode 8 so powerful.”

What do you think? Is all this enough to justify Episode 7 of Stranger Things 2? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.