Aw! Eleven Is Still Wearing THAT Bracelet in the New Stranger Things Trailer
Warning: This post contains spoilers for Stranger Things seasons one and two.
Alright, Stranger Things crew, let's get a couple of things straight: Barb and Bob didn't deserve to die, Steve Harrington is a treasure that needs to be protected, and Hopper and Eleven's father-daughter relationship makes my heart feel gooier than the Upside Down. Soon after the premiere of season two, David Harbour (Detective Jim Hopper) revealed the hidden meaning behind the blue bracelet seen on his wrist in the first two seasons and how much it reminds Hopper of his daughter Sara. Aw!
In case you need a quick refresher, Sara was Hopper's 7-year-old daughter who was taken to the hospital to be treated with chemotherapy after becoming sick. Sara died soon afterwards, and little else is known about her character. In flashbacks, Sara can be seen wearing the blue "bracelet" as a hair tie. Ever since her death, Hopper has worn Sara's hair tie around his wrist as a memento of his daughter, and he even touches it whenever he's thinking about her. "It's the first thing that he does every morning because he never wants to forget her," Harbour told Insider. "Sara and the death of his daughter is his grounding place for reality."
"Sara and the death of his daughter is his grounding place for reality."
Even sweeter than that, though? Hopper gives Eleven (aka Jane) the blue bracelet as a sentimental gift at the end of the show's second season, and she's still wearing it in the trailer for season three. I can practically feel my heart turning to mush already, and the new season isn't even out yet. As for Hopper and Eleven, getting a handle on their emotions has never been easy, but the odd pair's relationship definitely took a sweet turn in season two when it was revealed that Hopper had been hiding Eleven away in his grandfather's old cabin in the woods (per the Stranger Things spooky aesthetic) for her own safety.
It's possible that Eleven's disappearance at the end of season one reminded Hopper of his own daughter's death and motivated him to keep taking care of Eleven by leaving boxes of Eggo waffles for her in the forest. During the time that they lived in the cabin between season one and season two, Hopper cooked meals for Eleven and took care of her, forming a sweet father-daughter relationship with her that has since led to Hopper officially adopting Eleven under the name Jane Hopper.
In season two, Eleven and Hopper argued because she no longer wanted to be trapped in the cabin. So the supernatural preteen ran away from home in search of her sister, who shared her abilities but led a very different lifestyle. Following the chaotic events of season two, Hopper and Eleven made up and he gave her the bracelet, presumably as a gesture of love because she was safe and they were finally together again. Jim Hopper and Joyce Byers for Stranger Things parents of the year, anyone?
Now the bracelet can be seen everywhere, including on Eleven's wrist at the Snow Ball and in the new season three trailer and promo photos. Seriously, it's like she never takes it off! The blue bracelet is in so many scenes, and we can't help but wonder if Eleven's new favorite accessory is meant to be a hint to expect even more sweet moments between Hopper and Eleven in season three.
"The fun thing about the dad aspect of Hopper is going to be how he handles a teenage daughter and her relationship to a boy like Mike," Harbour told Insider. "So there may be that conversation where he has to sit Mike down on the couch when he comes calling for the date and she's getting ready, and Hopper will be like, 'Sit on the couch — what are your intentions with my daughter?' . . . I would relish that, because the amount of difficulty it'd take for Hopper to do that is going to be pretty hysterical."
It's safe to say we can expect a lot of monster fighting and supernatural behavior in season three, but we also look forward to a few sweet moments between some of our favorite characters, Jim and Jane Hopper included.