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** Spoilers for Stranger Things 4 ahead**
I'd be lying if I said I hadn't already binge-watched the entirety of season four of the nail-biting drama despite it only having arrived on Friday, 27 May.
The series, which first hit our screens in 2016, has taken Netflix by storm, enticing all sci-fi fans and really testing the nerves of those who would normally swerve the horror genre but couldn't help but dip their toe into Hawkins and the Upside Down.
However, some fans have been left confused by the apparent discrepancies between Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) when she first appeared in season one, and the flashbacks that occur in the latest season.
In season one, Eleven – a young psychokinetic girl who escapes from Hawkins Laboratory – doesn't know how to speak.
She has to be taught by her newfound friends, Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin).
In season four, multiple flashbacks hark back to moments when Eleven was young and still in Hawkins laboratory.
However, in the flashbacks, Eleven is able to string together more than just a few words, and even some sentences at times.
Viewers have since taken to social media to question whether it's a 'plot hole' or not.
Spoiler warning - 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? Also the rainbow room is completely different than the scene with 8 from season 2??— haley’s comet 💫☄️✨ (@haleymarie9195) May 30, 2022
One said: "The only plot hole in Eleven’s memories is that she speaks too well girl could barely say ‘no’ when we first met her."
Another agreed: "The only thing I'm confused about in Stranger Things is how Eleven can talk so well in the flashbacks."
"I couldn't stop thinking about that," another viewer replied.
One more questioned: "Can someone explain why Eleven was able to apparently talk clearly in her memories but in S1 she could barely form a sentence."
Another joked that whether Eleven had been taught to speak or not, that no one had taught her to 'NOT talk to the police'.
Not a spoiler but - how come Eleven can’t talk at the start of Stranger Things but in her S4 flashbacks the other kids at the lab can? I NEED ANSWERS 🧇🧇🧇— Beccy Speedie (@BeccySpeedie) May 29, 2022
One viewer suggested that perhaps Eleven's speech was okay during her time in the lab but that the horrors she saw caused her ability to communicate to regress.
Another possible explanation is that as her flashbacks show her as both a small child and also in her present, more grown-up teenage body, her speech could be a mix of her dialogue from the past that is infiltrated with her subconscious thoughts from the present.
Stranger Things is available to watch on Netflix now.
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