STRANGER THINGS Season Premiere Recap: (S04E01) Chapter One: The Hellfire Club (2022)

It is time! Netflix’s highly awaited fourth season of its science-fiction phenomenon, Stranger Things, is finally here. Matt and Ross Duffer have had us on the edge of our seats these last few weeks with new trailers, posters, and just a few peeks into what we are heading into. And in the season premiere episode, “Chapter One: The Hellfire Club,” we jump right into the action. El (Millie Bobby Brown) faces new school bullies while back in Hawkins, a scrappy D&D player shakes up game night. We are sure you have waited long enough, so let’s dive right in!

DISCLAIMER: This is a recap and, by definition, contains spoilers. More spoilers than times Will (Noah Schnapp) will ask to play D&D. So; we highly suggest checking out season four first and then coming back and catching up with our recaps!

SECOND DISCLAIMER: In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Texas earlier this week, Netflix has placed a content warning on the beginning of this episode which contains violence against children. If you wish to skip that portion of our recap, please skip paragraphs two and three.

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“Chapter One: The Hellfire Club” opens on a quiet street before a young kid rides into the frame delivering newspapers. A faceless man picks one up, and we watch as he times himself to complete the crossword puzzle, take care of his bonsai tree, shave and get ready for the day. But this isn’t just any man. It’s Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine), alive and kicking.

We jump back to September 8, 1979, to Hawkins National Laboratories, where we spot a much younger El and family spending time in the Rainbow Room. These aren’t fun games but ways to hone their abilities. Dr. Brenner arrives and chats with a boy labeled 010 (Christian Ganiere). He takes him to conduct some more lessons and passes by El’s door. 010’s lessons start easy before Dr. Brenner asks him to find Dr. Ellis. The search starts well until 010 realizes that something is wrong, and within moments the alarms sound, and we hear gunshots.

010 warns Dr. Brenner that both Ellis and 006 are dead before something rips the door off its hinges, sending it directly at Dr. Brenner. He awakens a while later to find himself alone in the lab and 010 dead next to him. We can hear screaming in the distance, and Dr. Brenner heads out after it. As he passes by the rooms, he finds the other children and fellow staff dead. He finally reaches the Rainbow Room, where a young El (Martie Blair) is left standing, refusing to tell him what she has done.

Cue the opening sequence! Give us your best Hopper (David Harbour) shimmy!

“Chapter One: The Hellfire Club” returns to the present day as El narrates her letter to Mike (Finn Wolfhard) while working on a school project. She is busy with school while Joyce (Winona Ryder) has a new job, Will is painting and acting weird, and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) is acting even weirder while waiting to hear about college. Outside, the Surfer Boy Pizza truck comes flying up with Argyle (Eduardo Franco) in the front seat. The new kid is friends with Jonathan, drives them to school and smokes smelly plants in his off time.

The kids head off to school as El talks about how she is learning to love California. We don’t know if she is lying to herself along with Mike. It’s pretty clear that she doesn’t have a lot of friends in school and is being bullied. We wonder if Will is facing the same issues too.

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Back in Hawkins, Mike is gushing over El’s letter when Nancy (Natalia Dyer) reminds him they have to leave for school right away, leaving Mike to rush to find clothes and run out the door. Before he can, though, Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler (Joe Chrest and Cara Buono) remind him that he needs to be home by 9 pm or no flight to California. Maybe the idea that he might not get to see El will get him home in time.

Elsewhere in Hawkins, Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Suzie (Gabriella Pizzolo) are trying to hack into the student records. It seems like Dustybuns isn’t great at Latin and needs some help from Suzie to make that D- an A. They almost miss the chance when Dustin’s mom (Catherine Curtin) nearly comes barreling in, but they are able to complete the mission.

“Chapter One: The Hellfire Club” jumps to our new favorite duo, Steve (Joe Keery) and Robin (Maya Hawke), as they discuss relationships on their way to school. Robin is having a rough morning, and Steve knows it is because she is worried about a girl named Vickie. Robin has a crush and is scared that if she asks her out, she will become the town pariah. Steve thinks that Robin is overthinking this. Clearly, Vickie is interested in girls. She returned Fast Times paused at 53 minutes and 5 seconds.

Everyone arrives at school, including Max (Sadie Sink), who seems to be more closed off than ever. During the pep rally, Robin sneaks peeks at who we assume is Vickie (Amybeth McNulty), Dustin and Mike argue about who has the better girlfriend. We learn that they are all attending the pep rally because Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) is on the basketball team. The captain’s speech starts off a bit awkward (hey, it’s high school, we get it) but then turns rather serious.

He remarks on how he hyped up his fellow teammates during their near loss the night before by reminding them that they are doing this for every one they lost. I get the sentiment, but it falls rather flat for those who actually lost people. Winning a basketball game seems pretty trivial when some people really know what happened to Hopper and Billy (Dacre Montgomery).

However, the group has more important things to deal with, like Lucas will miss Hellfire Club, thanks to being at the basketball game. It seems that just moving the night they meet is just as hard as rescheduling an entire tournament. And we are all reminded that the truly evil villain in every D&D campaign is the player’s schedule. The guys aren’t sure why this game is so important to Lucas, and it turns out that he is tired of being bullied. He knows that if he can become friends with the other players, then they will be in a better place.

“Chapter One: The Hellfire Club” returns to California, where Joyce receives a rather odd package. It is covered in stamps from Russia, and inside is a Russian doll. It’s unclear if she knows who sent her the doll, but we have our ideas. At the school, El gives her presentation on why Hopper is her hero. The snotty twit that went before her tries to make a fuss over the fact that El didn’t choose someone historical. The questions make El uncomfortable. She eventually makes it out of class, and even though Will tries to make her feel better, she reminds him that friends don’t lie.

Another quick note, in the scene, the girl sitting next to Will tries to play footsy. Except, he isn’t interested in her in the slightest. El remarked in her letter to Mike about Will possibly being interested in someone, and we are even more curious about who it might be.

Back in Hawkins, Max is making her way through the school and passes Lucas without stopping to say hello. She also didn’t wave to him during the pep rally either. It is pretty clear that she is either cutting herself off from everyone or, at least, just him. She heads into counseling, where they discuss her grades and home life. Max lies about how everything is going. She is having nightmares, headaches and not sleeping well after Billy’s death last season.

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Outside, Lucas catches her attention and tries to get her to take a ticket to his game. He knows that she doesn’t normally go to them, but he was hoping that she would since it meant a lot to him. He can see that something is wrong with her, which worries him. But Max just chaulks it up to her breaking up with him and that people change. She hands back the ticket before rushing off into the bathroom.

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There, we see that she is medicating for headaches before she hears someone throwing up in the bathroom. Max tries to make sure Chrissy (Grace Van Dien), the cheerleader from the pep rally, is okay, but she gets sent away. Chrissy then hears knocking against the stall and assumes it’s Max still. However, we hear an eerie voice call out to her. It’s her mother’s voice, and she is asking if she is ready to try on the dress.

Things take a turn for the terrifying as Chrissy tries to block out the nightmare happening in front of her. We catch a glimpse of what looks like monster feet under the door. Eventually, the noises and rattling stop and Chrissy finds herself in an empty bathroom. Whatever threat was on the otherside of that door is gone…for now.

In the lunchroom, Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) is going on about the D&D Satanic Panic that swept through the 80s. Mike and Dustin find the best way to approach Eddie is pretty revved up. He puts on a bit of a show claiming that people think they are crazy just because they like to play a game. He even stands on a table (ew, where have your shoes been?) and calls out the basketball team.

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Once he is settled, Dustin uses this moment to break the news that Lucas won’t be available for the finale of their epic adventure at Hellfire Club. They know they can’t beat whatever sadistic threat Eddie has planned without him and just want to postpone the game. Clearly, that isn’t going to happen. Eddie takes a moment to remind them that they need to find themselves a sub for Lucas and be prepared to show up for the game. If he is this serious about not letting them postpone, what will happen when Mike tells him he is leaving at 9?

“Chapter One: The Hellfire Club” returns to Joyce, who has turned to Murray (Brett Gelman) for help with the mysterious package. Maybe not the best choice, but her only one at the moment. He thinks that the Russians are after her for everything she did last season. You know, blowing up their lab and ruining their plans. The KGB is after her. Murray gets the bright idea to see if something is written on the doll, and Joyce realizes it’s broken but has been glued back together. Now it’s time to break that doll apart!

At the school, Jonathan breaks down why Nancy isn’t coming to California for spring break while Nancy explains to one of her fellow newspaper workers why Jonathan isn’t coming to Hawkins. Their friends don’t understand what is going on, but they know that neither of them understands how the other works. The way they talk about each other is so swoon-worthy, and this season needs a Jonathan-Nancy meet-up.

Nancy is eventually cut off when Mike barrels into the room and tries to convince her to join Hellfire Club. That would be a no. Steve is also a no since he has a hot date to attend. The scramble to find another player is on, and no one is interested in joining. I bet Will would be there in a heartbeat. After failing to find someone, Dustin has the bright idea to say screw the high school and the two head off running towards the middle school.

We jump to Chrissy, who leaves the school grounds and heads into the woods. Smart idea after the little event that took place in the bathroom. More creepy stuff happens, and a clock appears in a tree before Eddie pops up out of nowhere. It turns out that she is out there to buy drugs from him and her being skitterish has him on edge. She asks Eddie if he ever feels like he is losing his mind, to which he responds most accurately – on a daily basis.

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Through their conversation, we learn that they have met before and maybe, just maybe, something is sparking between them, or he is just trying to get her to buy from him. I didn’t know how I felt about Eddie at the beginning of the episode and through the trailers, but he is really growing on me. He is kind of charming, and the way he gets Chrissy to laugh and smile even though we know she thinks she is going crazy inside.

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Back in California, El gets a disappointing grade on her math test, and things only get worse when the school brat bullies her outside and breaks her project. El tries to use her powers against her before remembering that she can’t use them at all in a moment of anger. It only makes this worse, and eventually, a teacher shows up and drags Angela (Elodie Grace Orkin) off. Will rushes over to try and make El feel better, but it seems like the damage is already done.

Back at their house, Joyce uses a paint can and some rope to break the doll open. Murray tries to warn her against bombs blowing up in her face, but Joyce isn’t paying attention and drops the paint can and phone simultaneously. Murray has a minor freakout (gosh, we really do love him), but Joyce is okay. Inside the doll is a note. But not just any note. It tells her that Hop is alive and looks forward to date. We know only one Hop who wants a date, and so does Joyce!

“Chapter One: The Hellfire Club” returns to Hawkins, where Lucas and the basketball team get ready for the big game with Steve and his date in tow, Nancy reporting on the game and Robin performing with the band. Tammy returns to sing the national anthem, which is an excellent nod to the conversation Steve and Robin had in the bathroom in season three, and Steve was right; she can’t sing. Robin almost lets it slip that she had a crush on her, but she catches herself before going back to making funny faces at Steve.

Elsewhere in the school, Mike and Dustin show up with Lucas’ sub, Erica Sinclair (Priah Ferguson), the greatest little sister in Stranger Things. Eddie tries to tell them she can’t join, but Lady Applejack stands her ground, and the games begin. The episode then flips back and forth between Lucas’ game and the Hellfire Club game. We see some highs and lows, and the Sinclairs bring about victory in the end. Fellow D&D players will understand that last-minute clutch critical hit and how good it feels to win.

After the match, Lucas spots Mike and the others and realizes that they have replaced him with Erica. He tries to play off the hurt, but it’s pretty clear that even though he should feel like he is on top of the world, he misses his friends more. At Max’s house, she listens to the game’s radio broadcast before shutting it off when they start talking about Lucas. She heads out of her room when she hears the dog. It becomes clear just how bad her home life has become. Her mom is drinking, smoking and passed out on the couch, and it’s pretty clear that Max is taking care of herself.

When she gets outside to feed the dog, she spots Eddie (who lives across the street) pull up with Chrissy and the two head inside. Max chooses to ignore them before heading back inside. Over at Eddie’s, he is cleaning up a bit while looking for the drugs he told Chrissy about earlier. He goes searching through the trailer while Chrissy becomes more uncomfortable. She eventually begins to hear the clock chimes again. She gets spooked and goes heading for Eddie when she is forced into a hallucination where she sees her mom, and then a monster starts chasing her.

Eddie finds the drugs and then comes back to find Chrissy just standing there in a trance. He tries to wake her up, but nothing is working, and then the lights begin to flicker. In her hallucination, we see a creepy man make his way down the stairs as she heads off running. She learns that she is stuck in the house when she tries to leave. Eventually, the creature, Vecna (OMG VECNA), catches up to her. In the real world, Eddie realizes that Chrissy is floating before she is slammed against the ceiling and broken apart. Talk about the nightmares. And that is how “Chapter One: The Hellfire Club” comes to a close.

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Stranger Things has done a lot of things over the years. It has never been afraid to go over the top on the horror or gore but still remembered that it is paying homage to the 80s and meant to feel like it came from that time period. But the final moments of this episode have to be some of the creepiest I have seen across all the seasons. And I am here for it! Poor Chrissy, though. And Eddie bearing witness to that! I have a feeling that he is going to be pinned for her death. We’ve still got a lot more to go, but this is a fantastic start!

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What happens in season 4 episode 1 in Stranger Things? ›

Dr Brenner shows up and takes 10, another test subject, in for some tests. After a couple of warm-ups, he asks 10 to use his powers to psychically link with other individuals in the area. However, it all goes awry when 11 causes chaos outsider, escaping her room and leaving piles of dead bodies in her wake.

Who is the fat guy in Hellfire Club Stranger Things? ›

Gareth, portrayed by Gwydion Lashlee-Walton, is a recurring character introduced in the fourth season of Stranger Things. He is a member of the Hellfire Club at Hawkins High School and a member of Eddie Munson's band, Corroded Coffin. He plays drums.

What was the monster in Stranger Things Season 4 episode 1? ›

Who is Vecna? The big bad of Stranger Things season 4 is a humanoid monster with black skin and movable vines that protrude from his entire body. While he lives in the Upside Down, Vecna can psychically reach into the human world, kind of like the Mind Flayer's connection with Will.

What was Chrissy's trauma in Stranger Things? ›

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Her mother is verbally abusive, a trauma that Vecna capitalizes on to haunt her. Those scary visions make her seek out Eddie Munson, the leader of the Hellfire Club, to score drugs that will presumably help quell her issues.

Is the Mind Flayer 001? ›

He explains how he's secretly been the one pulling the strings in Hawkins since at least season 2, but the mystery goes back further to season 1. Vecna is the Mind Flayer.

Is Will Byers in love with Mike? ›

In season four, a new aspect of Will emerged more fully; the teenager from Hawkins appeared to have a crush on his friend Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), and now Noah is confirming that Will is indeed gay and in love with Mike.

What did the note in the doll say? ›

The season 3 finale post-credits revealed that Hopper was alive and being held by the Russians. Indeed, the note assuring Joyce that he is alive reads: “Hop is alive. He looks ford too date. Pleeze to make resarvazion, call 7-415-218-4642…

Is Eddie Munson alive? ›

But Eddie Munson is dead, and he's not coming back. Hawkins's resident Dungeons and Dragons-loving metalhead (played to perfection by Joseph Quinn) stole our hearts throughout the fourth season of Stranger Things.

What is Special K drug Stranger Things? ›

“Special K” is a nickname for the drug Ketamine. This drug isn't meant to be taken recreationally like marijuana, but some people do it anyway. Ketamine, as described by KidsHealth, is an anesthetic that can be used as a sedative or tranquilizer.

Did 11 create the upside down? ›

Eleven may not have created the Upside Down, but she did direct its fire. Stranger Things 4 left fans with some enormous revelations. The monstrous Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower) is eventually revealed to be One, a person with the same potential for untold supernatural abilities as Eleven.

Is the Mind Flayer alive in season 4? ›

He's hurt having lost his fight with 11 and the Hawkins massive, but he's still alive, but now he has the full might of the Upside Down to call on.

Is Vecna a number 1? ›

The fourth season has brought with it many twists, turns, and plotline surprises - as well as the show's most sinister villain yet: terrifying hell demon, Vecna, played by British actor Jamie Campbell Bower. The mind-bending finale revealed that Vecna's true identity was Henry Creel aka Number One, shocking viewers.

Why did Chrissy throw up? ›

In one scene, Max (Sadie Sink) can hear her throwing up in the bathroom, and it's later revealed that she struggles with her mother's emotional abuse over her weight.

What was Fred's trauma? ›

1985. At some point in 1985, Fred was involved in a car accident which killed another student. He sustained facial injuries himself in this accident, which caused a scar on his left cheek.

Why is Vecna obsessed with clocks? ›

Vecna's obsession with time appears to be linked to his hatred of humanity. He views time as a human imposition on the natural world; an attempt to impose order on nature.

Did number 1 Create the Mind Flayer? ›

In so many words, yes, Vecna created the Mind Flayer. As we learn, though, the Mind Flayer is just a tool.

Why did the Mind Flayer want Eleven? ›

Henry used the Mind Flayer to find Eleven and 'bite' her — somehow absorbing her gate-opening abilities. In season two, Will was possessed by Henry via the Mind Flayer. Henry used Will to "spy" on Hawkins, learning more about what has been going on.

Did one create the upside down? ›

Brown is likely right in saying that no one created the Upside Down and that the parallel dimension has always existed. And if the boys' science teacher was right in saying there are “infinite variations” of our world in alternate dimensions, there could even be several versions of the Upside Down out there.

Is Will in love with El? ›

Will is gay and in love with Mike, who is straight and in love with El. Unfortunately, it seems that Stranger Things is going to let Will's feelings stew in the shadows until the bitter end. (Or at the earliest, when the Stranger Things Season 4 finale comes out on July 1.)

Who is Will in love with in Stranger Things? ›

"Strangers Things" star Noah Schnapp confirmed to Variety that his character Will Byers is gay. In the past, Schnapp has said Will's sexuality was up to the audience's interpretation. However, in a new interview, Schnapp says it's "100% clear" that Will is in love with Mike.

Who's Will in love with Stranger Things? ›

Speaking about Will, actor Schnapp confirmed to Variety: "Now it's 100 percent clear that he is gay and he does love Mike.

Why is Hopper in Russia? ›

Hopper appears to have been captured in Hawkins and then rendered to Russia as a political prisoner.

How did Joyce get 40000? ›

Using a location scrambler, Murray and Joyce called the number and Enzo told them to get $40,000 out of Hopper's trust and bring it to a man named Yuri in Alaska.

Did El lose her powers? ›

Eleven Loses Her Powers. Eleven losing her telekinetic powers so suddenly has been a major problem for the party this season, who are split across various locations -- Hawkins, Lenora Hills, and Kamchatka.

Is Eddie alive in Stranger Things 4? ›

According to the Duffer brothers, yes. In an interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the writers/creators/directors confirmed that Eddie Munson is gone, and he's not coming back.

How old is Nancy Wheeler? ›

In Stranger Things 3, Natalia's character Nancy Wheeler is 19 years old.

How old is Will Byers in season 3? ›

Character's age: Shown in the Season 2 episode "The Mind Flayer," Will was born on March 22, 1971, making him 12 in Season 1, 13 in Season 2, and 14 in Season 3. Other credits: Prior to portraying Will Byers, Schnapp voiced Charlie Brown in The Peanuts Movie, and since then he starred in a Panic!

Why was Chrissy trying to buy drugs? ›

While Jason believed that Chrissy went home after the game and would perhaps meet back up with them, in reality she went really going to buy some drugs from Eddie Munson to help her cope with her trauma.

Is Eddie a drug dealer Stranger Things? ›

We find out he is potentially an even bigger Dungeons & Dragons enthusiast than Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) and Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo). Meanwhile, he's also the school drug dealer. Despite this, he's really not a bad guy at all.

Who dies in Stranger Things Season 4? ›


Sam Owens (Paul Reiser) in the desert lab raid. In his final scene, he is handcuffed to a pipe during a standoff with Lieutenant Colonel Sullivan, who does not set him free. Outside, Eleven brings down an army helicopter and it crashes down on the lab and explodes.

How did 008 survive in Stranger Things? ›

How did Kali escape the lab? Kali arrived at the lab around the age of 5, became friends with Eleven, and later managed to escape before 1979. She explains in season 2 that she escaped the lab once her powers had become strong enough.

Does Millie mean Bobby Brown? ›

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Is Henry the Mind Flayer? ›

Near the end of Stranger Things Volume 1, Dustin speculated that Vecna is the Mind Flayer's “five-star general,” but the truth is nowhere near that simple. From the information we got during the Stranger Things 4 finale, we can conclude that Henry Creel is the one calling the shots; in fact, Henry is the Mind Flayer.

Who is the main villain in Stranger Things? ›

Stranger Things season 4 revealed Vecna has been the true villain all along - and there have been clues to his existence in the first three seasons. Stranger Things has become a pop culture sensation, and it's easy to forget the show was originally proposed as a limited series.

Who controls the Mind Flayer? ›

Vecna created the Mind Flayer

It's revealed in the final episode of Stranger Things 4 Vecna was responsible for the creation of the Mind Flayer. Fans may remember this as the deadly monster the gang faced in seasons 2 and 3. In episode 9, Vecna details his isolation in the Upside Down to Eleven.

Is the Mind Flayer a spider? ›

For the entity's main form, see The Mind Flayer. The Spider Monster was the main antagonist of the third season of Stranger Things. It was created from the melted remains of the Flayed to serve as a physical body for the part of the Mind Flayer that had been trapped in Hawkins following the closure of the Gate.

How does 001 have powers? ›

Brenner's assistant (Henry Creel, 001) tells Eleven how 001 developed his powers: He thought of a memory that was both sad and also angering. Eleven uses this technique—remembering her mother being taken from her—and defeats 002 during a psychic battle.

Is 11 a clone one? ›

Even fan-favorite Eleven is not protected from hypothesis, as a new Stranger Things idea means that she's truly a clone… of one of many present's most notable villains. In the novel Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds, Eleven's mother Terry dated a man named Andrew Rich. However, Dr.

Who cut off Vecna's hand? ›

The Hand of Vecna and the Eye of Vecna were the only remnants of the powerful lich Vecna, after he was betrayed and killed by his lieutenant Kas. The two appendages were left with a fragment of the lich's will and attempted to work his deeds wherever they went.

What was Chrissy's trauma Reddit? ›

Chrissy's trauma seems to stem from her mother's emotional torment, and when she encounters her father in her Vecna-vision he has his eyes gouged out and his mouth sewn up - possibly a symbol of a dad who 'saw nothing' and said nothing to help his abused daughter.

Is Billy Vecna in Stranger Things? ›

Billy Hargrove may have had a short run on Stranger Things, but it was definitely memorable. With his mullet and mustache, he made the perfect vessel for Season 3's villain. But during Season 4 and the rise of Vecna, his role was limited to his grave being the setting of Vecna's first encounter with Max.

What happened to Chrissy's mom Stranger Things? ›

In spite of the abuse she inflicted upon her daughter, Laura spoke at her funeral and appeared devastated by her death - believing the rumors that her daughter's murder was at the hands of a Satanist cult.

What happened at the beginning of Stranger Things Season 4? ›

Though Stranger Things 4 is mostly set in 1986, the season's premiere — “Chapter One: The Hellfire Club” — opens a few years earlier, back when Hawkins National Laboratories were still up and running experiments on Eleven and other children with enhanced abilities.

What happens in opening scene of Stranger Things Season 4? ›

Both the experimenter and subject, 10 reports, are being killed. The killing is then heard in the hall before the room's door is thrown in. Brenner later awakens to find 10 dead, and an unidentified subject the perpetrator of the laboratory slaughter.

Who dies in Stranger Things Season 4? ›


Sam Owens (Paul Reiser) in the desert lab raid. In his final scene, he is handcuffed to a pipe during a standoff with Lieutenant Colonel Sullivan, who does not set him free. Outside, Eleven brings down an army helicopter and it crashes down on the lab and explodes.

Who is the kid at the beginning of season 4 Stranger Things? ›

On Twitter, the official Stranger Things writers account revealed that young Eleven is played by the actor Martie Blair.

What is inappropriate about Stranger Things? ›

Stranger Things Season 4 is rated TV-14 for fear, language, disturbing images, gore, and smoking.

Is season 4 Stranger Things inappropriate? ›

Stranger Things 4 is rated TV-14 for horror elements and language.

What does the warning at the beginning of Stranger Things say? ›

The warning will only show for viewers in the US. Netflix has also edited the episode description to include: “Warning: Contains graphic violence involving children.”

Can an eight year old watch Stranger Things? ›

Stranger Things is too dark for kids.

The sci-fi drama is really best for kids over the age of 13 who can handle darker themes like death, guns, and monsters living in an alternate reality who want to feed off children.

Is Stranger Things 4 more violent? ›

Stars of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things promised a dark and thrilling new season at the season's premiere. Season four of the sci-fi horror drama will be "scarier, gorier and more violent," warned actor Noah Schnapp, who plays Will. "Be ready for that when you tune in."

Is Max from Stranger Things dead? ›

Is Max alive at the end of Season 4? Physically, yes. Lucas tells his friends that Max is in a coma, and we see her wearing casts on her arms and legs. The Duffer brothers have also confirmed that at the end of Season 4, Max is alive yet "brain dead, blind, and all of her bones are broken."

Is Vecna the Mind Flayer? ›

Near the end of Stranger Things Volume 1, Dustin speculated that Vecna is the Mind Flayer's “five-star general,” but the truth is nowhere near that simple. From the information we got during the Stranger Things 4 finale, we can conclude that Henry Creel is the one calling the shots; in fact, Henry is the Mind Flayer.

How does Stranger Things end? ›

At the end of the season, we see everyone meet back up in a destroyed Hawkins, aiding the injured and displaced. Although Eddie gave his life for the town, his name still was never cleared, so the kids are still the only ones who know the truth about his innocence.

Who plays 001 as a kid in Stranger Things? ›

Stranger Things 001 actor is Jamie Campbell whose name is Number 001, but was originally Peter Ballard. He was specifically known as the Villain Vecna. Stranger Things 001 actor is the first boy, and in fact, the first person that was ever experimented on in Hawkins Lab.

Did Eleven create the upside down? ›

Eleven may not have created the Upside Down, but she did direct its fire. Stranger Things 4 left fans with some enormous revelations. The monstrous Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower) is eventually revealed to be One, a person with the same potential for untold supernatural abilities as Eleven.

Who's the oldest out of the Stranger Things kids? ›

Caleb McLaughlin is the oldest of all the main boys. He's now 20 years old, while Lucas is about 14. Just like the rest of the friend group, Lucas is in his freshman year of high school on "Stranger Things" season four.

The Duffer Brothers promised a darker version of Stranger Things now that the kids are a little older and, buddies, they aren’t lying.

You’ll recall that season three ended with an epic battle at Starcourt Mall in which the Mind Flayer — now less of a Shadow Monster and more of a “Covered in the Melted Flesh and Bones of Hawkins Citizens” Monster — was foiled in its mission to kill Eleven before eradicating every living thing in our dimension when Billy sacrificed himself and Joyce and Hopper were able to blow up that Russian laser beam those guys were using to open a gate to the Upside Down.. He also has no time for excuses when Mike and Dustin inform him that Lucas can’t be a part of the final night of Eddie’s big Vecna Campaign for the Hellfire Club because it’s the same night as the big championship basketball game.. Chrissy, who Eddie at one point refers to as “the queen of Hawkins High,” seemingly has a perfect life: She’s a pretty cheerleader dating Jason, the captain of the basketball team.. Max doesn’t push it when Chrissy tells her to get out, but we stay with Chrissy, and things get weird .. And by game, I mean both the big basketball game, which Hawkins wins thanks to a buzzer-beater from none other than Lucas Sinclair, and the big D&D one, in which the Hellfire Club successfully defeats Vecna thanks to Mike and Dustin’s ringer, none other than Erica Sinclair.


Everyone was wearing great shirts, none greater than Steve and Robin’s extremely jaunty Scoops Ahoy uniforms, the crew met Murray for the first time, and Lil Sis Erica really came into her own as my own personal role model.. An administrative note: As our heroes are all over the literal map this season, I’ll attempt to make these recaps as modular as an Ikea closet system so it doesn’t take as long to read them as it does to watch the episode itself.. Papa reaches the rainbow room, where Baby Eleven stands with blood dripping from her eyes like tears and a defiant look on her face, a smashed two-way mirror across the room.. Back in the present day, meaning 1986, we find El in her California bedroom, working on a Sculpy diorama version of Hopper and his cabin in a Reeboks shoebox, a small shrine to Mike nearby, while her voiceover updates us on life in the Sunshine State via a letter to Mike.. She’s painting a rosy picture for Mike, even bragging about her improved spelling, but all is not well: There’s a real asshole popular girl, Angela, who’s ready to taunt El’s every move, including mocking her dee-ay-ram-uh (she gives a very cute and tentative presentation about her hero, Hopper, including a clay homage to a squirrel named Mr. Fibley, for whom I would most certainly step in front of a bus) and then later trips her in the courtyard and fully smushes the diorama, squirrel and all.. The rest of the crew is going places : Mike is wearing a baseball t with a giant “Hellfire Club” logo, and he’s first bound for a D&D campaign after school (the aforementioned Hellfire), then a flight to California for a spring break visit to Eleven in the morning.. Speaking of the Hellfire Club, meet Eddie, the long-haired drug dealer who acts as their Dungeon Master and swears that 1986 is his year, man — even though he said the same thing about graduating last year.. Which is why he won’t postpone the grand finale of their campaign, the Cult of Vecna, when Dustin and Mike reveal that Lucas will be in uniform at the championship basketball game that night instead of dungeoning some dragons with them.. See, Chrissy is the girlfriend of basketball captain Jason, who at the pep rally delivers a speech about winning that night’s championship game in honor of all of Hawkins’ dead with such vigor and conviction that a megachurch pastor would be like, woah, buddy, what kind of coffee are you brewing?. After the game and the campaign, everyone goes off to celebrate their respective victories, and Chrissy and Eddie head to Eddie’s trailer to find her Special K — and for poor, doomed Chrissy to die.. If you have surround sound, you’re going to absolutely live inside the groan that the monster makes as it lurches out of the shadows to stroke Chrissy’s cheek and tell her, “don’t cry, Chrissy.

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And since we’ve begun the season with a moment that Eleven has kept very secret, perhaps even secret from herself, it stands to reason that she’ll be in the monster’s sights at some point.. As with previous campaigns, the monster of Stranger Things 4 is the same as the one in the campaign the kids are playing.. He’s joined the basketball team which has made it the championship game under its charismatic jock captain Jason Carver (Mason Dye) who just so happens to be Chrissy’s boyfriend.. If you want to be on the basketball team, you don’t really have a choice to skip the championship game (or any game you’re on the roster for) or you get booted off the team.. Credit: NetflixThis is bad reasoning and more than a little offensive to Mike and Dustin, but he’s not wrong that he needs to play in the game.. Eddie is skeptical until she rattles off her character’s stats and abilities and demonstrates a clear understanding of the game (though in my experience you don’t usually bring your established character into a different campaign like that since they might not be the right level etc.. Max, who tends to her cute little dog after listening to the game on the radio, sees Eddie and Chrissy go into the trailer.. There is trouble in paradise and it goes by the name of Angela (Elodie Grace Orkin), the ringleader of a group of bullies that targets Eleven with the kind of mean girl terrorism only girls like Angela can muster—though plenty of her boy friends join in on the bullying.. Credit: NetflixAll told, this was a magnificent season premiere of Stranger Things.. Eleven has lost her powers, something that—after the opening scene—might not be such a bad thing, except for the whole murderous Lich problem.. She’s faced much worse terrors in many ways, but this new social gauntlet is harder to face and terribly sad to witness, especially if you’ve been bullied in the past, or had friends or family who have been bullied.

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