The epic finale of Stranger Things Season 4 Chapter 2 arrives on Netflix later this week. But who will die, and what will be left of them?
Between Kate Bush’s dominance of the charts with the track Running Up That Hill and feverish fan speculation about possible final deaths, a long-awaited return Stranger Things took the world by storm again.
Season 4 was the darkest, most horror-filled chapter of the show, throwing viewers into the deep end with terrifying, dislocating limbs. Chrissy’s death and upping the emotional stake with each episode.
As we get closer to the finale, some big questions remain: How will Nancy (Natalia Dyer) handle Vecna in inside out; can Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) get his powers back to defeat him; and most unsettling of all moments, who will survive the fight against the greatest evil?
Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2: Who dies at the end?
Latest trailer Volume 2 echoes fears shared by fans that it might not work for any of the characters this time around. Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) warns Eleven that Hawkins in danger, and her friends are not ready for this fight. Robin (Maya Hawke) also warns Steve (Joe Keery) that she can’t get rid of the “terrible feeling”.
During a recent appearance on Jimmy Fallone Will’s Noah Schnapp teased “more deaths” in Volume 2, so we know some characters will be killed off – but who?
It pains all of us to talk about this, but we need to start preparing for reality: Steve will most likely die in the finale.
Season 1 introduced him as the school jerk, only for him to become the show’s most beloved character. The creators were open about the fact that Steve was supposed to die in the first season, but they “fell in love” with him, so the character was left.
Alas, with Steve’s transformation into a good guy completed, he is a prime candidate for death with a huge emotional upheaval, especially after his seemingly rekindled romance with Nancy. More confidence in Steve’s tragic ending comes from a recent quote from the show’s writer and director Ross Duffer : “I’m pretty sure he’ll die sooner. It’s been a long time.”
Here’s the ironclad prediction: Steve will save Nancy from Vecna, sacrificing himself in the process, and Nancy will have to break the news to Robin, and we’ll probably all cry.
Eddie (Joseph Quinn) was introduced in the first episode of season 4 as the fearless leader of the Hellfire Club. However, he is forced to go into hiding after Chrissy’s death in his trailer in order to later reunite with Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and co.
Quinn said in an interview that he would be “furious” if he wasn’t brought back for Season 5, but he wouldn’t be the first actor to mislead fans and he wouldn’t be the last.
Eddie previously says “There’s no shame in running” and even tells Steve, “I see the danger and I just turn around and run.” With the trailers showing the guitar solo while in the Upside Down, many speculated that he was changing his stance and having a heroic, sacrificial ending.
From a trio stuck in Russia with a free Demogorgon Murray (Brett Gelman) can die easily. We already had one fake death with Hopper (David Harbour)and as The Walking Dead showed with Glenn, you need some time before you actually kill the character.
Joyce (Winona Ryder) has been a mainstay of Stranger Things since the beginning of the show, and she’s lost someone every season: Will missing; then Bean was killed; and then Hopperseemingly perished in season 3’s climactic explosion. Now this could be Murray. The trailer shows Murray gleefully using a flamethrower, so maybe he’s about to die epically in the flames of glory.
Will’s death would be shocking considering he is one of the show’s central stars. He managed to survive every encounter with Hawkins’ interdimensional monsters, including close encounters with mind flayer in seasons 2 and 3.
And that’s why it would be the perfect hit: if the Stranger Things poster boy can die, then no one is safe, and the stakes are automatically raised. He also stayed on the sidelines in season 4. The trailer shows him telling Mike that Vecna ”won’t stop” until he has everyone – maybe that includes him in this case.
Mike (Finn Wolfhard) might seem out of reach, but season 4 didn’t give him much action other than arguing with Eleven about his hesitation to confess his love. At the end of volume 1, he was going to go to Nevada with Will to find Eleven, which means he is in the same danger as his buddy.
His death would also be the perfect catalyst for Eleven to easily access their powers. In season 4, we learned that she can guide them by looking for memories that make her sad and angry. Naturally, her boyfriend, killed by Vecna or someone else, would fit the bill.
Dr. Brenner is the longest-running Stranger Things villain. He is not a slippery, sharp-toothed monster, but he has manipulated Eleven from a young age, putting her through hell to hone her powers.
After his apparent death at the hands of the Demogorgon in Season 1, he returned in Season 4 to help Eleven find his powers again. To be fair, Volume 1 did a good job of showing the character’s kinder side and how much he cares about Eleven, even if he’s pretty brutal.
So this can happen in two ways: he either allows himself to be killed in order to save Eleven’s life during the inevitable gunfight at NINA; or Eleven will get his revenge on him, and the massive explosion in the Volume 2 trailer is what will end Brenner’s life path.
The dark ending of Infinity War, where most of them die
Consider Vecna’s place in Stranger Things: he is the architect of all their pain. When he was exiled to The Upside Down, it’s likely that he was the instigator of every tragedy on the show, whether it was Will in the first episode or Chrissy’s death in season 4.
If we treat it like Thanos in Stranger Things – only instead of collecting the Infinity Stones, he wants more teenage bodies – Volume 2 will end on a heartbreaking note. In the trailer, we even hear him say, “It’s over, now I just want you to watch.”
For Season 5 to be the endgame, we need an ending to Infinity War. So brace yourself for the possibility of a few deaths and some time travel shenanigans in the future.
Stranger Things season 4 part 2: Netflix release date, and how long is the finale?
The Stranger Things season 4 finale arrives on Netflix as a powerful two-part movie on July 1st.
Episode 8 has a standard running time of 1hr 20min, while the final episode is a whopping 2hr 20min.