‘Stranger Things’: Fans Speculate on Why the Demogorgon Chose Will in Season 1

With Stranger Things Season 4 on the horizon, it’s no surprise that fan theories are starting to become more prevalent. Some fans are still wondering why Eleven lost her powers at the end of season 3. Others are speculating on which character is going to bite the bullet in season 4.

There’s one theory that’s still floating around out there that involves Will and the Demogorgon. Here’s what we know.

'Stranger Things' characters Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), in a blue sweatshirt and gray sweatpants and talks to Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) in a red puffy vest sitting on a bikee.
‘Stranger Things’ Will Byers and Mike Wheeler say goodbye right before the Demogorgon takes Will. | Photo by Curtis Baker/Netflix

What’s the Demogorgon from ‘Stranger Things’ attracted to in a person?

As much as I would like to theorize on what the Demogorgon’s Tinder profile looks like, I’m not talking about those kinds of traits. In season 1 of Stranger Things, we learn a couple of things about the Demogorgon.

First, its presence has an effect on electricity. Right after Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) leaves Mike Wheeler’s (Finn Wolfhard) house after a night of Dungeons and Dragons in the basement, the lights on his porch flicker. Then Will’s bike headlight begins to malfunction. This is right before he looks up to see the silhouette of the Demogorgon in the road.

Second, the Duffer Brothers lay on the Jaws references pretty thick throughout season 1. We see a Jaws poster in Steve Harrington’s (Joe Keery) bedroom, and Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) drives an SUV similar to Martin Brody’s. Plus, when Barb (Shannon Purser) cuts her hand, a drop of blood falls into the pool in a similar shot to many in Jaws.

This is because the Demogorgon, like the famous man-eating shark of the 70s, is attracted to blood. It can sniff it out and locate the person bleeding. This is how Barb meets her untimely demise and two hunters by the names Dale and Henry. Barb’s own blood serves as a beacon for the monster, and a freshly killed deer is what draws it to the hunters.

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Could Will have more in common with Eleven than we know?

Will wasn’t bleeding when the Demogorgon set its sights on him. In the small bike crash, he may have gotten scratched up, but the monster was already chasing him by then. One fascinating theory posits that Will might be more similar to Eleven.

This Redditor says, “Since El made contact with the Demogorgon by accident in her void, I think that they both have the same sort of genetics that let them easily make contact with creatures from other dimensions and makes those creatures extra attracted to them.”

The theory could be a possibility considering the Demogorgon has been after Eleven the entire time. She does have frequent nosebleeds, but it’s also targeted her at times it wasn’t bleeding.

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Could it just be bad luck?

Other fans of the show think Will might just have horrible luck. Not only is he taken by the Demogorgon in season 1, but he’s possessed by the Thessalhydra in season 2. Throw in the fact that Mindflayer always lets Will know when he’s close by raising the hair on the back of his neck, and it’s safe to say the kid isn’t winning the lottery anytime soon.

This Redditor thinks it’s all just a really unfortunate coincidence. “I think he was just unlucky. He accidentally stumbled across the monster on Mirkwood and was so startled and scared he crashed his bike, presumably skinning his knee or something like that. The monster took him, but he escaped and spent the rest of the week hiding from the monster since he knew the area very well.”

We don’t know exactly how any of the characters will fare against whichever monster audiences see in Stranger Things Season 4. Hopefully, fans will find out whether or not Will is somehow connected to the monster or just really unlucky. All three seasons of Stranger Things is currently streaming on Netflix.