For the rest of the season, everybody wondered if Suzie was actually real. That is until Dustin calls upon Suzie at the most important moment to help him crack a code. Not only is Suzie real and able to crack it, but she and Dustin shared an incredible duet over walkie talkie that brought everything full circle. Team Dustin and Suzie!
5. Max and Eleven’s Adorable Friendship
Eleven wasn’t a big fan of Max (Sadie Sink) in Season 2, but they really bond in Season 3. Max takes Eleven to the mall for the first time — where they try on some amazing ‘80s outfits — and shows her what it means to have a friend. Max teaches Eleven to stand up for herself, especially with Mike, and to not accept less than she deserves.
4. Robin’s Journey
We were introduced to Robin (Maya Hawke) as Steve’s (Joe Keery) ice cream parlor partner-in-crime, but she quickly won our hearts. She figured out what the Russians were up to and so much more. The most touching moment was when Robin came out to Steve as gay. It wasn’t forced, it wasn’t overly emotional, but it was a beautiful moment.
3. Mike and Eleven’s Love Story
Yes, Mike and Eleven were a little too obsessed with each other in the beginning, but can you blame them? They’re teens! Despite all the chaos going on around them, it’s so clear they care about each other and will do anything to protect one another. Not to mention, their last scene together was extremely touching. Ah, young love!
2. Everything With Steve and Dustin
Steve and Dustin were the breakout stars of Season 2, so the writers were smart to continue this unbreakable friendship into Season 3. The best moment between the pair came when Dustin finally returned home from camp and went to visit Steve at the ice cream parlor. Steve gave Dustin the unabashed welcome home he’d been craving!
1. Hopper’s Note To Eleven
Cue the tears! Hopper’s death was emotional, but it was the note he left for Eleven that really left us broken. Hopper tells Eleven how much he loves her and how hard he’s trying to be a good father. It was a beautiful and tender moment, especially considering Hopper’s not the most emotional character. Watch this and try not to cry — we dare you!