Warning: This post contains spoilers for Stranger Things 3! Stop reading now if you haven’t seen the season yet.
Picture this: your town needs saving from a flesh-eating monster, there’s only one person you know that can help, there are just minutes to spare…and they want you sing “The NeverEnding Story” song. While the whole thing sounds pretty laughable, this exact scenario happened between Dustin and Suzie during the season finale of Stranger Things 3.
To recap, Hopper, Joyce, and Murray were busy trying to save the world in the Russian vault beneath the Starcourt Mall. The machine that led to the Upside Down was in that vault, but in order to destroy said machine, they needed the numbers for Planck’s Constant. The only person they were certain knew the digits of Planck’s Constant was Suzie, Dustin’s girlfriend from science camp, and he calls her to get the number.
Suzie agrees to give him the number, but he first has to engage in a rounding rendition of “The NeverEnding Story” with her. Fan reactions have been mixed, to say the least:
Some fans think Suzie making Dustin sing played a role in Billy’s and Hopper’s death.
It was cute but the song in some way killed hopper…Suzie poo not cool man…no cool https://t.co/4onjL8yC4O
When everyone is about to die and they listen to Dustin and Suzie singing the neverending story #StrangerThings pic.twitter.com/xlkYRnAAAr
Other are loving that Suzie would rather sing than save the world, seeing the song as a sweet respite from season three’s serious chaos.
Shoutout to #StrangerThings for making The Neverending Story relevant again. pic.twitter.com/C26bZq2LFX
I don’t want to be dramatic but Suzie and Dustin singing Neverending Story is the best moment in cinematic history#StrangerThings3 #strangerthings pic.twitter.com/RZlIVXBK5i
What is “The NeverEnding Story” song?
“The NeverEnding Story” is a song from the 1984 film of the same name. The film follows a young boy as he’s drawn into the fantasy world of Fantasia after reading an ancient storybook.
“The NeverEnding Story” has two versions, one in English and the other in French. The English version was performed by ’80s UK pop star Limahl (who told Entertainment Weekly he’s been excited to see renewed interest in the song) with additional vocals by Beth Anderson. According to Limahl’s now-archived website, “The NeverEnding Story” reached #4 on the UK charts, and it was a number one single in eight other countries.
The song is notable because it truly is “never ending,” as the song doesn’t have a real beginning or end; “The NeverEnding Story” both fades in and fades out when you listen to it. And now, Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown is making sure it lasts even longer by kickstarting a #NeverEndingChallenge.
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I nominate YOU to do the #NeverEndingChallenge @strangerthingstv @netflix
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