Agreed. I read an interview with the Duffer brothers regarding that and they said Episode 7 essentially served as an experimental one for the series, as well as to break up the monotony of the Hawkins story line. Don't worry, it will pick right back up with 8, and you won't be disappointed. Here's what I am referring to (no spoilers): "Whether it works for people or not, it allows us to experiment a little bit," said Matt in a conversation with EW. "It’s important for Ross and I to try stuff and not feel like we’re doing the same thing over and over again. It’s almost like doing a whole little other pilot episode in the middle of your season, which is kind of a crazy thing to do. But it was really fun to write and cast and work on." While some fans might not have enjoyed the episode, Matt explained why it was necessary for the new season. "Our test of the episode was we tried to pull it out of the show just to make sure that we needed it because I didn’t want it in there as filler — even though some critics are accusing us of doing that," Matt said. "But ------’s journey kind of fell apart, like the ending didn’t work, without it. So I was like, whether this works or not, we need this building block in here or the whole show is going to collapse. It’s not going to end well." Ross agreed, adding "That ------ story line overall is sort of the biggest risk we took. We’re going to continue to do risks moving forward to keep us on our toes...."