Stranger Things fans are a dedicated bunch, with season four recently breaking records for the biggest-ever premiere weekend for an English-speaking show. But their eagle-eyes also mean they've noticed a potential plot hole around Millie Bobby Brown's character Eleven.
After season four of the Netflix original dropped on the streaming service, a lot of binge-watching has been going on. Since, fans have been taking to social media to share their thoughts, not only making the same joke about Max Mayfield, but also picking up on something strange about Eleven's voice.
Fans of season one will remember that Eleven was barely able to communicate after her time in the Hawkins lab, due to her lack of vocabulary. Eventually, she was taught how to speak by Mike and the gang, and became fluent in English over the course of the show.
The latest season features flashbacks to Eleven's time in the lab, and fans were confused to see Eleven's ability to speak was completely different, with the child being able to string together sentences and use words she seemingly couldn't use in season one.
As one person put it, "Stranger Things plot hole: Eleven couldn’t talk when she initially escaped & met Mike & the gang. Why in season 4 is she able to speak full sentences in the flashbacks?"
Another put, "The only plot hole in Eleven’s memories is that she speaks too well girl could barely say ‘no’ when we first met her."
Someone else said, "Stranger Things four, really enjoyed it but in season one Eleven could hardly talk yet in the flash backs in this season all the kids had full speech and vocabulary, like eh?"
Stranger things 4 , really enjoyed it but in season 1 Eleven could hardly talk yet in the flash backs in this season all the kids had full speech and vocabulary, like eh?
— Mutton dressed as Sam 🏳️🌈 (@TickledPanchax) May 31, 2022
A definite plothole is Eleven's speech in the 4th & 1st season being compared, unless she blocked out that part of her memories & that messed with her speech or something, it's weird seeing her speech being better in those flashbacks
— El Zorro (@NotCarne) June 1, 2022
how come eleven could speak in those flashbacks when she couldn’t speak in season 1?🤨 @Stranger_Things
— Naya L’nae💭 (@nayalnae) June 1, 2022
Some fans have suggested that Eleven was traumatised from her time in the lab so lost her ability to speak, while others have pointed out she may have needed to develop trust to use her voice.
Stranger Things season 4 part 1 is now available on Netflix.
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