One of the major questions surrounding Stranger Things season 4 was the origins of the Upside Down. The creators of the sci-fi series had not revealed much about the parallel universe. But thanks to the new season, we have got more information.
We were first introduced to the Upside Down when Eleven accidentally made contact with Demogogrgon and opened a gate between both worlds. Will was somehow teleported to the Upside Down. Now we got to know it’s a dark parallel mirror dimension of the real world. At the end of the season, Eleven used her powers to banish Demogorgon back to the Upside Down.
In season 4, Hawkins is under attack again by another monster Vecna from the Upside Down. As the season goes on, we find out that Vecna is a general in the Mind Flayer’s army who is tasked with creating new gates to Hawkins. Vecna was able to create portals through psychic contact with his victims because we learn that Vecna is One (Jamie Campbell Bower), the first child of Brenner’s program. He developed psychic abilities as a child, and Brenner used him for his program.
In chapter 7, Eleven banishes Vecna to the Upside Down in the same way she banishes the Demogorgon from season one. Thus One is transformed into Vecna. Just like Eleven, Vecna also has psychic powers which he uses to contact across dimensions.
In another scene, Nancy went back to her house to arm herself. However, her guns aren’t in her bedroom, because as she realizes, this version of her bedroom is from November 6, 1983. It was the night that Eleven opened the first portal and Will went missing. It means that the Upside Down is stuck in 1983.
But there are some burning questions still left to answer.
Was the Upside Down existed before Eleven opened the first portal? Did Eleven actually create the Upside Down? Also if Eleven created the parallel world, how did she know every detail of Nancy's diary? In one scene Dustin said that the Upside Down might have existed for thousands of years. So it could have been there for much longer than we thought earlier.
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