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Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2 Preview

They better not kill Steve.

Season 4 of Stranger Things wraps up this Saturday with volume 2 that’ll have the Hawkins gang facing off against Vecna and the Upside Down. Here are our biggest Stranger Things questions ahead of the season four finale.

How can I watch Stranger Things season 4 part 2?

Stranger Things season 4 volume 2 premieres July 1, 2022 on Netflix, and it’ll feature two episodes: “Papa” and “The Piggyback.” Check out our Netflix review to learn more about the streaming service, and sign up for a subscription.

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What happens in Stranger Things volume 2?

Is it trailer breakdown time? It’s trailer breakdown time:

Nearly all of season 4’s dangling plot threads get a shoutout in the trailer:

  • We see the Hawkins group together in an RV, potentially heading to attack the Creel House and head back to the Upside Down.
  • Hopper, Joyce, and Murray make their way out of the Russian prison.
  • Vecna chases Nancy through the Hawkins Lab.
  • Lucas beating the crap out of Jason and the jocks.
  • Max heading back to the Upside Down solo.
  • Eddie (finally!) playing his Upside Down metal guitar.

Season 4’s leaned heavily into Vecna being a Voldemort-level Big Bad who could set up volume 2 and the series’ end game.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jamie Campbell Bower mentioned his into-the-rabbit-hole theory about the parallels between Eleven and One as opposing light and dark forces that the Duffer Brothers might’ve endorsed. Firstly, Jamie Campbell Bower, go on /r/strangerthings. And secondly, considering all of season 4’s roads lead back to Vecna, he might be onto something with Vecna and Eleven doing a Darth Vader/Luke Skywalker head-to-head?

How will they reunite everyone?

Volume 1’s episodes started with everyone scattered to the winds and ended . . . with everyone scattered to the winds: Eleven’s with Brenner and Dr. Owens in Nevada, Hopper’s group is in Russia, and the kids are still split between Hawkins and the West Coast.

Even if season 4’s multi-coastal approach made sense for the show (who wouldn’t want to leave Hawkins after the third multidimensional monster attack in two years?), one of the show’s best parts is seeing the core cast together. Our predictions aren’t always on the target, but factoring in volume 2’s jumbo runtime, we’ll bet they figure out how to get everyone together again.

Robin of Stranger Things
Credit: Netflix

Who’s going to die in Stranger Things season 4?

Speaking of that core cast: one of season 4’s few downsides has been asking viewers to juggle a Game of Thrones–esque number of plots and subplots in its jumbo-sized episodes to fit its ballooning cast.

Clearly, viewers don’t mind the show’s more-is-more approach, but when the cast is joking about staging a Red Wedding–style massacre to cull the herd, they might be onto something. And when the Duffer Brothers hinted that viewers should be concerned “for everybody” going into volume 2 and that there’ll be a body count? Well . . .

Power-ranking who might die in Stranger Things volume 2

  1. Eddie: He’s got great locks, he can shred for days, and he’s a supporting cast member dealing with the Upside Down for the first time. Couple that with a Grand Theft Auto level of heat on him after Chrissy’s death, and we’re afraid for his odds in volume 2.
  2. Steve: The Duffer Brothers haven’t been shy about winking at their allusions as Steve’s developed into the Han Solo–esque rogue of the group. But with how often Steve’s been put through the wringer and come out the other side, it’d be a doozy if his luck finally ran out.
  3. Dr. Owens: File him under the Bob Newby (Sean Astin) category for “nice guys finish last (by being mauled to death by something).”
  4. Jonathan: Remember Jonathan? Volume 1 didn’t!
  5. Murray: He’s comic relief in an increasingly grim plotline. (Although if he goes out wielding that flamethrower with abandon, there are worse ways to go out.)
  6. Brenner: Brenner’s going up against Vecna, the Upside Down, and the U.S. Army, but Stranger Things already did his death fake-out once. We’ll call it a toss-up.

Will Vecna come back in season 5?

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bower hinted that he knows about season 5. On top of that, the Duffer Brothers told Empire that volume 2 wouldn’t necessarily “tie things up with a nice bow” ahead of season 5. We bet that Vecna will be back for season 5 of Stranger Things (and Bower should start preparing for those early makeup call times).

Hey, it’s us!, a Salt Lake City-based website, seeing an on-screen Salt Lake City cameo in Stranger Things:

Meme of Leonardo DiCaprio pointing at a TV from the film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
Credit: KnowYourMeme

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