Stranger Things: Need to Quickly Brush Up on Dr. Brenner? Here's What to Remember

Matthew Modine wearing a suit and tie: Stranger Things: Need to Quickly Brush Up on Dr. Brenner? Here's What to Remember © Everett Collection / Netflix/Courtesy Everett Collection Stranger Things: Need to Quickly Brush Up on Dr. Brenner? Here's What to Remember

It's been a long, long wait, but season four of Stranger Things is coming soon! The latest teaser seemingly throws us back to the days of season one with a chilling figure from El's (Millie Bobby Brown) past: Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine), or Papa. We never see his face, but the white hair and tailored suit give him away nonetheless. He tells a group of children, who call him "Papa," that he has something special planned for them. The trailer ominously ends with the camera on El's eyes as Brenner asks her, "Eleven, are you listening?"

If you're struggling to remember who Dr. Brenner is and what happened to him, you're not alone. It's been a minute since we've last seen the manipulative scientist carry out his evil shenanigans on screen. The last time the series showed Dr. Brenner is in an illusion that Kali conjures in season two. And the last time that we saw him alive was at the end of season one when he appeared pretty much on the brink of death. So what happened to Dr. Brenner? Let's go over how he fits into the show's earlier history.


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Stranger Things: Need to Quickly Brush Up on Dr. Brenner? Here's What to Remember