Major season 3 spoilers ahead. If you haven't watched the show, you might want to bookmark and return to this article later.
Stranger Things season 3 is finally here. From the Upside Down, to Mike and co. ganging up to fight the monsters again, Season 3 shared some familiar elements with the second installment. However, one thing that saw a serious upgrade was Eleven and Max's friendship.
In season 2, El thinks Max and Mike are flirting with each other. Out of jealousy, she even flips her skateboard (along with Max) using her superpowers.
But our ladies find their way to each other and basically dish us one of the sweetest friendships of the decade.
el really went from looking at max like 😡😐 to 🥰😁 and i love it so much pic.twitter.com/70rCI4SLaE— َST SPOILERS (@jetaimelmax) July 8, 2019
From shopping and talking about boys, to being each other's 24x7 support system- Max and El's friendship proves just exactly why our girlfriends are irreplaceable.
El had a really messed-up father, who basically used her for his science experiment. He kept El a secret and consequently isolated her from the entire world. In the show, El struggles to find who she actually is. She even finds her 'lost sister', Kali, in Season 2. But, it is actually Max who actively helps her discover the world.
1. When El breaks up with Mike, Max introduces her to the holy figure of badassery and woman power - Princess Diana AKA Wonder Woman.
MAX INTRODUCING DC COMICS TO ELEVEN BEC SHE WANTS EL TO KNOW THERE ARE BADASS WOMEN AS WELL AND FIRST IS WONDER WOMAN MADE ME SO HAPPY 🥺 wonder woman inspiring little girls is what im here for 🥺 pic.twitter.com/n6ZuL9c7v0— hannah the bee (@swiftcIarke) July 5, 2019
2. Max teaches El that it's okay to break 'rules' when they head to the mall.
Due to her kickass superpowers, El wasn't supposed to visit crowded places. But you know what, she's her own person and can decide her own limits and make her own rules.
3. Max gives her a refreshing new makeover. They do a photoshoot. And basically end up having a pretty fun day at the mall.
Isolated from the world because of her powers, El was basically re-introduced to the world and all the wonderful and colourful things it has to offer by Max.
4. Our girl didn't even know how to tell she likes something. Enter, Max.
You just try things on. Until you find something that feels like you.
5. She gives her gem relationship advice.
There's more to life than stupid boys, you know.
“he treated you like garbage. you’re gonna treat him like garbage. give him a taste of his own medicine. and if he doesn’t fix this, dump his ass.” pic.twitter.com/ngCeFqZCDF— ً (@ntflxse) July 5, 2019
6. She basically becomes someone who socialises her.
The breakup scene after their trip to the mall, El exactly repeats Max's words 'I dump your ass'.
the fact that el is still learning and copies what max says has me s o f t.— a | st spoilers (@elmaxfiiIms) July 5, 2019
“what is she your little pet?”
“yeah. am i your pet?”
7. They both support each other emotionally. From the beginning, Max had El's back through a break-up and helped her figure her own life out. In a powerful finale scene, when Max loses her step-brother, Billy, to the Mind Flayer, El is there to comfort her through the shock and the pain.
the way el sees her in pain and lets go of mike to automatically comfort max, and you’re telling me they’re not girlfriends pic.twitter.com/T84WmHnAQI— a | st spoilers (@elmaxfiiIms) July 5, 2019
I don't have anything inherently against mileven but max helped el find HERSELF and helps her develop her own identity and was always gassin her up and supported her emotionally UGH ELMAX SHOULD BE ENDGAME— 𝚗𝚘𝚛𝚊 🌈 @ST3! (@kaworunaigsa) July 4, 2019
Appreciation tweet for Max Mayfield, the skateboarding badass and truly empowering redheaded icon who made El discover the world and helped her see that girls can be their person and can make their own decisions. #StrangerThings pic.twitter.com/K5xYFj9DgO— 𝒯𝑒𝑔⚓️| #Win4Wynonna (@HawkinsHaught) July 8, 2019
8. The moment when Max tutored El about 'good screams' and 'bad screams' and El was about to spill her new-found knowledge in front of the boys had all of us (good) screaming.
We all have that girlfriend who basically taught us A-Z of sex.
lucas: what is a good scream?— sopeya (@sphgbrll) July 7, 2019
el: max said-
max: doesn’t matter
9. The best part is that not once does Max force El to do something she doesn't want to do.
that’s literally not what he was doing though. he lied to her instead of telling the truth. max said if he didn’t come clean she should dump him, but she didn’t force el to do anything. max was the only person who encouraged el to make her own choices and be her own person.— meredith💐 (@merriebby) July 7, 2019
10. Max has El's back whenever Mike or someone else tries to impose their limits on her.
When the gang teams up to find the Mind Flayer, which is basically El using her superpowers to spot him, Mike votes against El exerting herself. Whereas Max asks him to let her be. She can decide her own limits.
el and max, i will never get over them i think. pic.twitter.com/hRfgmRzgvJ— anna || SPOILERS!! (@singuIarangel) July 4, 2019
forget who’s the guy and the girl, who’s the max and who’s the el in your relationship pic.twitter.com/UP4IIlpHsx— kaylin (@mcuvisser) July 4, 2019
The duo is also friends, offscreen. And it shows.
in real life: millie gives to sadie flowers and love— gio is crying (@softlysillie) July 6, 2019
in screen: max gives to el clothes, ice cream and love pic.twitter.com/QYibiFqNNM
Not just these two, Stranger Things season 3 was big on woman power- from Nancy and Joyce to the new girls, Robin and Erica. If you haven't watched the new season, then watch it for them.
Here's to girlfriends and girl power.