After viewing the second season of Stranger Things, we now have an answer to the question of whether or not other children subjected to experimentation at Hawkins Lab survived their ordeal there. Most of us were under the presumption that Eleven was the only one who made it out alive, but the events of Season 2 have proven otherwise, thanks to Number Eight.
Number Eight — or Kali, rather — first appears in the beginning of the season while escaping from a squad of police cars chasing her. Later, Kali is revealed to be Jane's friend from the Rainbow Room within Hawkins Laboratory.
What Will Kali Do After Being Reunited With Jane?
Eleven, whose birth name is Jane, learned of her identity after venturing to her mother's secluded home. And Jane's search for her mother inadvertently led her to a picture of Kali, her sister. Upon finding the photo, Jane went out in search of Eight.
Jane found Kali, holed up in an abandoned building, by telepathically connecting with her. When they're finally reunited, it's a touching moment. Having experienced the same type of trauma and came out stronger, they shared a bond.
Not long after meeting Jane, though, Kali decided to use her friend from the Rainbow Room to exact revenge upon the scientists who worked in Hawkins Lab. Kali attempted to manipulate Jane into her murderous plot, but Jane wised up before it was too late. Had she murdered the Hawkins Lab assistant, Jane would've became exactly like the people responsible for hurting her mother.
Some will argue that Jane's hesitation doesn't make a difference, because she's killed before. But those fans fail to remember that Jane only killed employees at Hawkins Lab in self-defense. She hasn't murdered anyone for revenge — unlike Kali, who's ready to kill at a moment's notice. (Then again, not many fans would've held anything against Jane if she'd decided to exact revenge on the medical assistant who left her mother in a vegetative state.)
Where Will Kali Show Up Next?
After their attempted murder wound up with the police surrounding them, Kali and Jane parted ways. It probably won't be the last time they see each other. If anything, Kali will probably return in Season 3 to seek out Jane again. Kali's intent in Season 2 was to use Jane as a killing tool, so there's a good chance she'll continue to pursue Jane for the same reason. She knows that Jane is hesitant to help, but all Jane needs is a little persuasion — perhaps like a threat to her friends.
If Jane is seen with the group, her friends can easily be targeted. Furthermore, Mike, Lucas, Dustin and Max could potentially be used as leverage to coerce Jane into working for Kali.
Are The Other Number Kids Still Alive?
At least nine other children are still unaccounted for, so their whereabouts will eventually need to be addressed (if they weren't considered failures and disposed of). Could Nine and Ten still be out in the world with t?
If so, they could show up in Season 3. Kali's introduction gives us the impression that the others will show up at some point. Hopefully they do, because a clash of telepathic minds would be awesome to see play out. Kali briefly used her power on Jane, and that was intense enough as it is. One can only imagine what a handful of psychics fighting one another would be like, with Jane at the center of it.
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