|This article is about the inter-dimensional doorway. For the episode, see The Gate (episode). For other uses, see The Gate (disambiguation)|
The Gate, also known as the Rift, was a portal to the Upside Down located in the underground subsystem of Hawkins National Laboratory. It was unintentionally opened by Eleven during an experiment in which she made contact with the Demogorgon, an inter-dimensional creature.
In the year following its creation, the Mind Flayer used the Gate as a means to spread the Upside Down's toxic biological growth, slowly invading the town of Hawkins. It was eventually closed by Eleven in 1984, presumably severing the Upside Down's connection to the human world.
The Gate was large, sprawling and consisted of an assortment of strange tendrils, membranes and toxic biological growth.
Unlike the portals created by the Demogorgon, the Gate stayed open permanently with the Upside Down growing out of it, extending into the laboratory. By 1984, the Gate had developed a second entrance-way, extending deep underneath Hawkins Lab. The entrance-way was gargantuan compared to the first, and was connected to an intricate series of tunnels. The Gate disrupted the local electromagnetic field, causing compasses to point toward it instead of the Earth's magnetic north.
On November 6, 1983, a test subject with psychic powers called Eleven was instructed by Dr. Martin Brenner to make contact with the Monster. She was placed in a sensory deprivation tank at Hawkins National Laboratory which allowed her to become immersed in a deep psychic state, amplifying her abilities. When Eleven touched the Monster, the Gate cracked open in the wall of the tank room. The opening allowed the Monster to travel out of the Upside Down and into their dimension. Amidst the ensuing chaos, Eleven escaped the lab.
The next morning, a local news report reported that power surges and outages had occurred in East Hawkins. This was most likely caused by the Gate's opening.
The area of the lab in which the Gate opened was immediately contained and quarantined. The following day, Dr. Brenner and several scientists went underground wearing hazmat suits and discovered that the Gate was expanding into the lab.
Dr. Brenner sent Shepard, one of his employees, into the Gate to investigate. Attached to a security line so that he could be pulled out in the case of an emergency, Shepard was soon attacked by the Monster. The Hawkins Lab workers were unable to pull him to safety in time, and he died.
Lucas Sinclair, Mike Wheeler, Dustin Henderson, and Eleven attempted to find the Gate using compasses, but Eleven directed the compasses away from the laboratory. Lucas continued the journey on his own but was forced to stop after he was unable to pass the wire fence surrounding the laboratory.
Following the events of November 1983, Dr. Sam Owens took over as Director of Operations at the lab. While the previous events were successfully covered up, the Gate remained open. It eventually grew to an enormous size, with a series of tunnels stemming from it that sprawled beneath Hawkins. In an effort to contain the growth, the lab would periodically burn the biological matter seeping from the Gate.
In 1984, Eleven and Hopper reached the Gate beneath the lab in order to close the it. As Eleven used her powers to close the Gate, the Mind Flayer became aware of her presence, sending the remaining Demodogs to attack her. However, Hopper successfully defended Eleven from them. Remembering all the traumatic events throughout her life, Eleven channeled her strength and finally closed the Gate, presumably severing the Upside Down's connection to the human world and killing all the remaining Demodogs in the process.
Even though the Gate was closed, during the Snow Ball event, the Mind Flayer is seen alive looming over the school in the Upside Down.
|The Upside Down|
|Locations||The Upside Down • The Gate • Hawkins National Laboratory • Public Library • Portals • Hawkins tunnel system|
|Entities||D'Artagnan • The Demogorgon • Demogorgon (species) • Library Tendril • The Mind Flayer • Hawkins tunnel system|
|Visitors||Joyce Byers • Will Byers • Eleven • Barbara Holland • Jim Hopper • Shepard • Nancy Wheeler|
|Miscellaneous||Upside Down egg • The Upside Down (episode) • Dungeons & Dragons • The Void|
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