This post contains spoilers for Season 4 of Stranger Things.
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The good news is that Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 2 has answered most of our burning questions from the first half – sadly, the love triangle still lives on. But we were left with a new round of investigations to allow us to speculate until the final battle occurs (whatever the date). After the events that unfolded in “The Piggyback,” here’s what we’d like to know:
Will Max wake up?
For an entire minute, Max’s heart stopped. Now she is in a coma and the doctor does not know when or even if she will ever wake up. After all, Vecna did a number on the teenager. The milky eyes and broken limbs are physical injuries, but Max’s spirit has also taken a hit. Medical science has probably never faced such a situation before. Even Eleven can’t find a sign that Max’s consciousness is about to kick into high gear, and it was she who saved Max.
The Duffers aren’t against a fake death like Hopper at the end of Season 3 – and thankfully the creators didn’t pull a Jon Snow, insisting he was dead – but it looks like a gamble pretty sure Max will wake up eventually. It might not happen immediately, and there will be plenty of half-hearted suggestions about her coma, but don’t rule out the stubborn redhead. In fact, the memory Eleven saw of young Max getting back on his skateboard after falling is a potential clue to his ability to take hard hits and get back up. It can’t be a coincidence that Eleven landed in this pre-Hawkins memory, and it could be the key to bringing her back. It will probably take more than listening to Kate Bush on repeat.
Where is Vecna?
The similarities between Vecna and Freddy Krueger aren’t hard to spot, but he also shares the apparent inability to die with Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers. The latter appears in season 4 vol 2 via Max’s Halloween mask, and Vecna’s magical vanishing act near the end of the finale serves as a reminder of Michael’s ability to recover from what should be an injury. deadly. The fire is debilitating but not deadly – although its hiding place might not be so lucky. Can you rebuild in Upside Down? And does that even matter, given that the two worlds are merging?
As many other villains before him, we know he plans to clean up the world by destroying and then rebuilding. Why does that always have to be the motivation? Or rather, the bad guys like to pretend that’s their goal, but they just want to watch the world burn. If Vecna managed to get into the real Hawkins, he might struggle to blend in. Considering how violently the residents have treated innocent Eddie (Joseph Quinn), he should expect a very rude reception when they see a real monster. And will he stop at the asylum to check on his dear old (also innocent) father?
Is Vecna just, like… bored with Max now? Why isn’t he still after her?
Ok, so thanks to Nancy and Robin’s (Maya Hawke) investigation of Victor Creel (Robert Englund), we know that music helps keep Vecna away. Dusty (Gaten Matarazzo) puts this to good use before the creature can turn Max (Sadie Sink) into human origami like its other victims, but Vecna has no more attempts after initially saving his friend. What’s wrong with that?
We see Max periodically put on the headphones throughout the season, but it seems odd that we don’t see the big bad trying to come back for her? What kind of villain doesn’t make it his mission to catch whoever got away? This seems especially out of place given what we know of Vecna’s origins after the finale.
How long before Lt. Col. Jack Sullivan tracks down Eleven?
Lieutenant Colonel Jack Sullivan (Sherman Augustus) is a man on a mission to kill Eleven. He got close in the penultimate episode and even ordered his men to fire. The body count at this top-secret facility is high, but Sullivan still has more than a few men to continue this quest to “save” Hawkins. Another question is, is Dr. Sam Owens (Paul Reiser) still handcuffed to a pipe? If so, it will be a slow and painful death.
After the alleged earthquake, there is already a government agency presence in Hawkins, and if it isn’t already, Sullivan will be on his way. Even in the woods it will be difficult to hide Eleven, and the military man doesn’t seem like the kind of man who backs down when a task is unfinished – let alone his trigger status.
Will the people of Hawkins continue to blame everything on Eddie?
Eddie is the poster child for Satanic Panic, and somehow he was blamed not only for several murders, but also for the earthquake that tore the town apart. It’s quite a spell or a ritual he must have done! Yes, they can unfairly blame Eddie at the moment, but given that the Upside Down dust particles are now in the real world, it suggests that other features (see dead plants) are around the corner . Who will they blame then? Probably Eddie again.
One theory that didn’t sit well with Steve but gives me some hope is that getting bitten to death by demobats might be a one-way ticket to the Upside Down version of a vampire. It has its pros and cons, because while I want more Eddie, bringing him back is also a cop-out – see the fake Jon Snow. And I definitely don’t want to see the demonic version that the city has already turned into reality.
Will Will ever be able to find peace? Or a love interest?
Max and Eddie’s sacrifices ensure there isn’t a dry eye in the house, but another heartbreaking image this season is of Will softly crying in the back of the pizza van. Noah Schnapp continues to reach new depths of quiet desperation as the teenager whose disappearance started this whole enterprise. Will’s romantic feelings for Mike have been the subject of much discussion, and the question regarding his sexuality has still not been answered categorically. The speculation will no doubt continue after Will’s emotional conversation with his brother. Jonathan has been stuck on a winding road trip and finds himself in a boring love triangle that he seems destined to lose. However, the reassurance and unwavering support he shows his little brother is undeniably heartwarming.
The Byers Clan is back in Hawkins, which means Will has returned to the place that caused him so much pain. He immediately feels the tingling sensation in his neck, and he’s probably in for another season of torment at the hands of Vecna - this kid deserves a break. Almost every other character has a romantic arc that involves kissing or at least flirting (thanks to Hopper and Joyce for ultimately take the step of smooching). If nothing else, can Will have a love interest to balance out his inevitable misery in the final season?
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When will we be free from Steve/Nancy/Jonathan love triangle hell?
Love triangles are always exhausting, but you know what we don’t need in a busy season? You guessed it! A love triangle. Why are we here? What do we do? Why do we do this? Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) and Nancy have reached a complicated stage in their relationship, which is the impetus for the two remaining apart throughout the first track of Season 4, but those struggles would have been more than enough on their own. Adding Steve back as “will she or won’t she come back to the lowest point of her life” for Nancy is a weird addition to an overly long season that will hopefully be resolved sooner than later. late in part 2.
This story was originally published on May 27, 2022. It was updated with the latest Stranger Things information on July 1, 2022.