Sadie Sink's Maxine, better to call her Max, came in like a fresh of breath air in Season 2 of 'Stranger Things'.
Her character was introduced to us in the pilot itself ('Mad Max'), which was pretty much named after her, and ever since we have been amazed by the character's capacity to hold on to her ingenuity.
Being cast alongside other equally interesting female characters such as Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder), Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), and Nancy Wheeler (Natalie Dyer), Max emerged as the exact representaion of the modern woman that everyone wants to see on television today. Unlike the other women, Max's character cannot be put into a category because she is one girl who does not shy away from giving the boys a good run for their money, nor does she mind stealing a kiss from her crush at the ball.
Considering that Max will soon return with the rest of the gang for Season 3, here are the top three reasons why we cannot wait to meet her again:
1. A Girl with a Choice
Max understands where she comes from. Her family is dysfuncitional, and she grew up in an environment where injustice is the norm. She is compelled to spend her days amidst people who hit each other at the very first fit of rage. Worst of all, Max becomes collateral damage to the strained relation between her step-father, and his son, Billy (Dacre Montgomery).
In fact, we actually hear the 13-year-old saying, "It's just, I know I can be a jerk like him sometimes, and I do not want to be like him. Ever."
This is the exact point of departure for Max, when she chooses to be the person that she wants to be, and does away with the trangressive actions of her elders. Let's just say Max is the one female character who truly travels the distance to make something out of herself.
2. The Capeless Hero
Max is not gifted with telekenetic powers as Eleven, nor does she have supportive boyfriends and family like Nancy. However, what Max has mastered throughout her tough childhood is her sense of stable judgment, and her intentions to be a better person. Through these two qualities, her actions are often driven by sincere emotions, and a will power that Max protects at all cost.
She would have never known about the demons in the Upside Down had she not been intrigued by the boys' discovery, and once she was in the game, Max did not step back. In fact, there were times when she was beaten by Billy only because she chose to keep her mouth shut in order to help the boys. She ultimately gathers the courage to bring down her own brother, by hitting him with a baseball bat in order to protect her friends.
3. Not Just a Token Character
Max has all the qualities that would have been more than enough to tag her as a "tomboy"- she is a girl who skates, plays video games, and fights the bad guys.
However, fortunately, none of the boys treat her like a token that they need to win, they are simply intrigued to know how she managed to beat Dustin's (Gaten Matarazzo) score in Dig Dug at the local arcade.
The reason why she escapes the cliched categorization of unconventional female characters is because Max is not pretending to be all of these things. She does not play at the arcade solely to be noticed by the guys in schools because the guys at her home are complete a-holes. Max is just the way she is, unapologetically, and in the end, she does not mind putting up a pretty dress, looking charming, and quickly pecking the boy (Lucas played by Caleb McLaughlin) whom she adores.
'Stranger Things' Season 3 is set to premiere on Netflix on July 4, and let's hope we will see a lot more of Mad Max's adorable insanity.