– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s the week following Stranger Things 2’s release onto Netflix, and by and large, fans and critics seem to think that The Duffer Brothers have created a worthy follow-up to the unexpected hit that was Season 1 of Stranger Things.

However, if there’s been one controversy, it’s been around Episode 7 of the series. Those who have seen it know what we’re talking about here, and if you don’t, then it’s probably best that you watch the show instead of reading this article. Well, it turns out that that episode has an odd influence: Star Wars.

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Speaking with EW, Matt Duffer, one of the show’s creators, discussed that influence.

“We talked a lot about Empire Strikes Back. We talked about Luke going to Dagobah and meeting Yoda. Also, the idea of a dark Eleven, of Eleven being pulled to the dark side was an interesting idea. So a lot of that episode was what happens if Eleven is drawn towards this darkness and what can she learn about herself if that’s the case.”

All in all, it definitely felt like something of a departure for the show. Some hated it, and I’ve even heard fans recommending that viewers skip it altogether. But in defense of that episode, it truly makes Eleven the decider of her future for the first time in her life. Plus it gives her the mental ammo she needs to take on the big bad of the series in Episode 9.

What did you think of Episode 7? Let us know 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.