Divine Gate Episode 9
The living, heavens, and underworld become connected after a Divine Gate is opened, ushering in an era of chaos where desires and conflict intersect. Only when the World Council is formed are peace and order restored and the Divine Gate becomes an urban legend. In that world, boys and girls deemed fit by the World Council are gathered, who aim to reach the gate for their personal objectives. Those who reach the gate can remake the world and even the past or future.
Divine Gate Episode 9
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Have you played a J-RPG in the past twenty years? Watched any anime whatsoever, even just half of a Pokemon episode while babysitting your niece? Seen the cover of a random manga as you walked through Barnes and Noble, stepping carefully over a huddle of enraptured pre-teens? Then you will recognize the world system of Divine Gate and half the characters.
Before you, a glow begins as you rocket towards an unexpected and incredible sight: an endless permeable tapestry, a tangled lattice of burning, divine fire appears before you, writhing and growing as you shoot towards it with incredible speed.You instinctively wince and curl, a promise of impact triggering your need to defend yourself, the dread as the air begins to heat around you. Then, whoom, you impact and pass through harmlessly, the heat fading.You glance over your shoulder to see it gone. You just passed through the Divine Gate.
Meanwhile Sheriff Jim Hopper, Joyce and Murray try to escape a brutal Russian gulag with the help of duplicitous former guard Antonov (aka Enzo) and madcap smuggler Yuri. Episode 9 opens with Jim and Joyce facing the same problem as Eleven, Will, Mike, Jonathan and Surfer Boy brochacho Argyle: They have to get back to Hawkins before Vecna kills again and opens a fourth gate to the dark dimension. Steve, Nancy, Robin, Dustin and Eddie Munson tool up to infiltrate the Upside Down and stake Vecna in his coffin, while Lucas and Erica enter the terrifying Creel mansion to offer Max as bait. In the series finale, only the Hawkins kids (and Kate Bush) can save the world.
You might be forgiven for forgetting Jonathan was there this season as he's mostly been in the background of a show with so many characters. But in one of the season's heartfelt intimate moments, he reconnects with Will. In another poignant moment, following Steve's speech about kids in episode 8, he shares another vulnerable heart-to-heart with Nancy in this episode. Oh, he's really going to die, isn't he?
In a flashback, we see Vecna/Henry/One explore the Upside Down, a realm he sees as unspoiled by humans. He becomes "the predator he was always meant to be" with the aid of the hideous Mind Flayer. "It was always you," sobs Eleven as she flashes back to the Mind Flayer's possession of Billy's form in earlier seasons, realizing it was actually Vecna seeking to open gates from the Upside Down.
"This is only the beginning," Henry/Vecna warns Eleven. "The beginning of the end. You have already lost." As the clock chimes, a terrifying vast gate tears open the town of Hawkins. What an ending! The villain defeated, but an even bigger threat looms! What a cliffhanger!
Chillingly, Will still has a connection to Vecna/Henry/One after his possession in season 2. And he knows that the terrifying demon is hurt, but still out there. The hairs on the back of his neck stand up as clouds gather and weird particles rain down on the people of Hawkins, poisoning plants and opening a fearsome portal. This is a repeat of the moment in season 2 episode 1 where Will saw a vision of the Mind Flayer before it possessed him -- except this time everyone can see it, because it's actually happening... 041b061a72