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In season 1 of Stranger Things, shortly before killing the demogorgon, El says goodbye to Mike and disappears. In season 2, right after the kill, she seems to be surprised to be in the Upside Down and calls out for Mike there. When she gets to the real world, she tries to contact him right away before seeing that the police is looking for her.

Why such a tearful goodbye in season 1, then?

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    I think she expected to die. – Darth Locke Dec 17 '17 at 2:48
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    Just because she did survive doesn't mean she knew she would. – Steve-O Dec 18 '17 at 19:08
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Because she can't predict future. She had no idea that she can leave that easily or even survive in Upside down.

So that goodbye was tearful because it was Eleven's separation from Mike she was so attached with.

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