Last May, Netflix finally released Season 4 of its hit series Stranger Things, giving the fans their much-awaited return to the Upside Down. But here’s the catch that a few might not know: there are 2 more episodes coming this July 1.
And yes, this is where all hell breaks loose for Eleven and the gang.
After premiering the first seven episodes of the season on Netflix, the show obtained the streamer’s best-ever debut weekend for an English-language series, garnering over 286 million hours viewed.
Shawn Levy, the executive producer and one of the directors of Stranger Things, said to Entertainment Weekly that there are lots more to come in the show.
“There’s no question that season 4 is built as a prelude to and springboard for the fifth and final season,” Levy said.
(Spoilers ahead!) So far, we’ve seen Jamie Campbell Bower who used to play One – Dr. Brenner’s very first psychic child – transform into a demo-creature called Vecna, after spending years being trapped in the Upside Down. If you still don’t know why, you can still catch up from the previous seasons so you’d understand each occurrence.
And after a long time of trying not to talk about his role, Bower finally was able to speak about what is to come. He told Entertainment Weekly that the season “gets bigger” in the last two episodes.
“If you thought that it was as big as it could get, it’s not,” he says. “It goes further, visually, story-wise, and emotionally for all the characters. It really is quite an explosive climax, let’s say. I know lots of people have used the word explosive and scope and scale, but I do mean that. We learn a lot more as an audience in these final two episodes, as well.”
Shawn Levy then continued to explain how they are trying to unravel the stories of every single detail on the show. “Without giving anything away, everything happens for a reason on Stranger Things,” he says.
“It’s why we’re gonna end things after season 5 because it’s important to the [Duffer] brothers, and all of us who make the show with them, that we finish strong, stick the landing, and not tell one fragment of story more than has purpose. As you can see in season 4, we’re taking a lot of strands — strands of character, strands of plot, strands of mythology — and we are giving explanations and weaving those threads together.”
He also added that one of the upcoming episodes in Volume II is a centerpiece episode focused on Max, played by Sadie Sink, and that this is an “anthemic season” for the character. Another one also involves Will, who is played by Noah Schnapp, that is set to answer questions of the viewers regarding his sexuality.
And by questions, we mean the awaiting of a confirmation.
“will byers isn’t queer-coded!”
the stranger things writers: pic.twitter.com/S12hv4fr4A
— bella (@willbyersluver) June 11, 2022
As Levy said, “There aren’t many accidents on Stranger Things. There is clear intention and strategy and real thought given to each and every character. So, if you came away from Volume I feeling those bread crumbs of plot and character, it’s probably no accident.”
Some might wonder, what makes this show so special that even after a long period of interval between each season – people still continue and are hopping on to watch it. Well, it is because “it’s huge in the heart” and that has always been the superpower of the show, according to Levy.
“If it were only spectacle, it wouldn’t be a global phenomenon with characters that we root for with such emotionality and heart. As big and cinematic as season 4 has gotten, and it will get further in Volume II, it delivers on that heart,” he said.
The last two episodes of Season 4 drops on July 1, 2022 and is about to be four hours long – episode 8 runs for an hour and 25 minutes, while the final episode will be an epic two hours and 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, Netflix recently released new preview photos of the upcoming two episodes of the season.
What are you most looking forward to in the second volume of Stranger Things Season 4? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!