While the episode which focused on the relationship between Linnea Berthelsen’s Kali and Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven was a hit or miss among ‘Stranger Things‘ viewers, it is “very likely” that she’ll be returning down the line. This probably shouldn’t be too surprising as she was a linchpin in the second season to not only Eleven unlocking more of her powers but also learning that Matthew Modine’s Dr. Martin Brenner or “Papa” had somehow survived the events from the first season. Not only that, but she has set a precedent that there are other gifted individuals out there as well!
The news came from Vulture Festival LA where co-creator Matt Duffer was talking about the show and let things slip that Kali would likely return as:
“It feels weird to me that we wouldn’t solve [Kali’s] storyline. I would say chances are very high she comes back.”
As the series is looking to have four or five seasons, as long as Netflix continues to believe that the investment is worth it and fans keep tuning in, that could either mean next season or a couple of years down the line. Kali knows that Eleven went back to take care of her friends in Hawkins, Indiana, so it will be interesting to see if she seeks out Eleven to further her plans of revenge or if Eleven uses her talents to find Kali for a future team up.
As to if we could see her in the third season? Duffer mentioned that it was being worked on but that Netflix hadn’t quite greenlit it quite yet:
“We are [in] very early days on season three and we’re still figuring it out.
I probably wasn’t supposed to say that… That’s not official, that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement…for fun!”
Fun, and the fact that outside of the Kali episode it was pretty much as well received as the first season! Annoyances of some viewers aside, I felt that the introduction of Kali not only helped power Eleven up for her final fight between the Shadow Monster but opened up quite a few areas for the future seasons to explore.
Do you think that we’ve heard the last of Kali on ‘Stranger Things’? Will she return for the third season or somewhere else down the line? How could her powers be used against the Shadow Monster for the eventual final showdown? Share your thoughts below!