'Stranger Things' Season 3 preview: Netflix show may feature Six, another Hawkins Laboratory victim from the comic
We know the stories about the two girls whose lives were destroyed by the Hawkins Laboratory, and it seems we are about to get to know of another such instance
Duffer Brothers' 'Stranger things' became a cult hit overnight when it was first released in 2016. The sci-fi Netflix show which heavily inclines on '80s nostalgia is all set to return with Season 3 on July 4. As the saga of the "Upside Down" continues, this time the children of Hawkins are about to see their friends Will and Eleven, encounter their traumatic past in the world of the Demogorgon.
Starring Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, and Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, 'Stranger Things' has been following Eleven's plight as she tries to protect her friends from the impending doom of the "Upside Down".
Although for the most part of the show we see Eleven and her friends trying to fight the monsters in the other world, referred to as "Upside Down", a large portion of the show has time and again concentrated on the inner workings of Hawkins Laboratory.
We were first introduced to the place in Season 1, when Eleven used her powers which enable her to move objects with her mind, to escape from the lab. Over the course of the first season, we witnessed several instances about how the experiments done on Eleven in the lab, had actually destroyed her childhood and her future.
We get to know more about the lab's inappropriate functioning in Season 2, where we are introduced to one of Eleven's inmate in the lab, Kali or Eight (played by Linnea Berthelsen), who is able to create hallucinations with her powers. Although the encounter between the two cellmates didn't quite go as expected, it certainly revealed the fact that Hawkins Laboratory is the true villain in the story.
The fact that both Eleven and Kali are referred to by their numbers indicates that there were a group of children who had no identity but for the numbers engraved on their skin. We have time and again wondered if there were other children, and turns out there just might be.
'Stranger Things' extended its nerdy phenomenon in September last year when Netflix teamed up with Dark Horse to publish a line of comics based on the show. According to Dark Horse, this partnership is set to consist of “a multi-year publishing line” that will give 'Stranger Things' fans “an opportunity to explore the mysterious world of Hawkins, Indiana."
The first series explored Will's adventure in the Upside Down. While the show had kept his venture into another world a complete mystery, the comic looked at what Will discovered in the other world and how it affected him. Now, according to EW, Dark Horse's next 'Stranger Things' comic will be a prequel focused on another of Eleven’s inmates - Six.
Here’s my new #strangerthings variant cover announced today by @DarkHorseComics . “New Stranger Things prequel comic will introduce one of Eleven's fellow test subjects.” @EW - Was awesome to finally draw @MatthewModine as Dr. Brenner! pic.twitter.com/6ZFcHpG7QH— Kyle Lambert (@kylelambert) February 20, 2019
Set to be a four-issue miniseries which will be on sale May 29 onward, the story is set to follow Francine, referred to as Six. Gifted with the power of precognition, Francine has suffered from exploitation in almost every phase of her life. First by her parents, and then at Hawkins Laboratory by Dr. Martin Brenner (played by Matthew Modine in the series).
Although Brenner is all down for putting her within bars, Francine has already seen her future smeared with the sweet smell of freedom. Does that mean we are about to meet with Six in Season 3? It could be. Season 1 exposed us to the damage Eleven went through in the labs, but she got lucky with friends who found her and a father who adopted her.
As for Eight, she managed to escape Hawkins but the years of imprisonment have left her damaged beyond repair. She did not even have a better future and ended up being a convicted trespasser. According to this storyline, it almost seems every season is gradually giving us an evil picture of Hawkins Laboratory, and making us wonder if it is the Demogorgon who we should actually fear.
Written by Jody Houser and drawn by Edgar Salazar, let's hope Six's character will add some dimension to how Hawkins Laboratory works, and with that maybe Season 3, which will air on Netflix July 4, will expose some unsettling truths about the place.