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Major spoilers to follow
Full spoilers for Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2 follow. You have been warned.
Stranger Things temporada 4 volumen 2officially landed onnetflix— and, like you, we weren't prepared for what happened in the final two episodes of season four.
the extremely popularthis netflix programit has always been forced to provide shocks galore. Good,once fans were able to upload it to Netflix, that is. However, while the cast and crew of Stranger Things warned us about what was about to happen, we don't think anyone was prepared for what happened in episodes eight and nine. All the stressed out ate all their Eggos and used all their tissues from crying so much, or was it just us?
Amid all the surprises and crowd-pleasing moments, though, we imagine there are a few things you might have missed during the season finale. Below we will show you what happened in the last episode of Stranger Things, as well as the cover of who died in the fight against Vecna.
As obvious as it is, we'll dive intoFull spoiler territory for Stranger Things season 4 volume 2 as of this point. And youdon't havepicked up the last two episodes of this season, please come back now or your ending will be ruined. Be sure to bookmark this page and reopen it after watching the last two episodes.
We repeat:NoPlease read past this point if you are not up to date with Stranger Things season 4 episodes 8 and 9. If you've seen them, feel free to continue.
Stranger Things Season 4 Finale Volume 2 Explained: Who Died?
When it came to potential character deaths, the show's cast and crew told us to prepare for the worst. Stranger Things season 4 was the darkest entry in the series yet, so it was inevitable that one or two characters wouldn't make it out alive.
In our opinion, the biggest surprise of all was whoNodie. Many fans favored Steve and Max dying in the ninth episode of season four, but they both survived.
So who perished? First, Dr. Brenner. He was shot three times by one of Lt. Col. Sullivan's men when he was trying to escape with Eleven in episode 8. Hey, very few people take three sniper bullets and live to tell the tale. Also, Eleven needed closure after what he put her through before and during the series, so Brenner had to die to deliver on that front.
In Episode 9, the secondary antagonist Jason was also removed. Given everything that happened during the finale - more on that shortly - some fans may have overlooked the fact that Jason died. After being knocked unconscious by Lucas in the Creel House attic, Jason's body is split in half as the Upside Down begins to merge with the real world. This occurred after Max's apparent death led to the opening of four major portals, allowing the Upside Down to crash onto Earth.
Wait, Max didn't die? Turns out not. Initially, it seemed that he had succumbed to the injuries Vecna inflicted on him. You know, before Mike's pep talk helped Eleven turn the tables on Vecna and save the day once again (well, if only temporarily, but we'll get to that in a bit).
However, it seems that Eleven had enough energy to prevent Max from dying. Using her powers, she somehow kept Max alive by showing him various memories of the couple enjoying happier times. Instead of dying, Max is locked in a hospital in Hawkins in an induced coma. It's unclear if he'll ever wake up, mind you.
However, perhaps the most emotional death of season four was that of Eddie Munson. Unlike Max, Eddie surrendered to his injuries, inflicted by the demobat swarm, in the Upside Down as he sacrificed himself to give Eleven, Max, and the rest of our heroes more time to defeat Vecna. It may have only been around for a solitary season, but Joseph Quinn's impressive performance ensured that Eddie's unexpected death was even more difficult when it happened. We suspect many tears were shed when this scene was brought to screens around the world.
Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2 Ending Explained: Let's Recap What Happened
Given its runtime of two hours and 20 minutes, the Stranger Things season 4 finale was alargoepisode. So, understandably, a lot happened during Episode 9. So let's recap what happened.
After meeting with Eleven in Nevada, Mike, Will, Jonathan, and Argyle unsuccessfully try to get Eleven a plane ticket so she can fly back to Hawkins to help others. However, after remembering his training, Eleven devises a plan that will allow her to reach his friends without leaving Texas. Dubbing it as the 'Piggyback Plan', Eleven tells the foursome that he can enter Max's mind, allowing him to help him in his fight against Vecna. The only problem is that Eleven needs a sensory deprivation tank to allow her to do this: he lets Argyle tell the gang that he knows where they can find the ingredients needed to make a temporary tank for Eleven to do his magic.
Traveling to a nearby Surfer Boy Pizza restaurant, the fast food chain Argyle works for, the gang convinces the restaurant's night shift worker to leave the premises and trades him one of Argyle's last few joints of marijuana. The group works quickly to put their plan into action, and it isn't long before Eleven dives into her temporary residence and begins searching for Max.
Unfortunately for Eleven and company, it may be too late. That's because the Hawkins gang - Steve, Nancy, Robin, Dustin, Eddie, Lucas, Max and Erica - have already set their own plan in motion. The last trio is already hiding in Creel House, urging Vecna to come and kill Max, making him believe that he can complete the final phase of his master plan. Meanwhile, Dustin and Eddie traveled to the Upside Down to create a diversion to distract Vecna's swan of demobats away from the Upside Down version of Creel House. Once this is done, the three remaining members of the group will invade Creel House and destroy Vecna once and for all.
However, numerous problems rear their ugly heads. On the one hand, Jason and his basketball team are informed about the group's activity near Creel House. Bent on getting revenge on Eddie, Dustin and Lucas for the death of his ex-girlfriend Chrissy-Jason believes that the Hellfire Club, of which the trio are members, killed Chrissy-Jason and her gang tear down Creel House. One pins down Erica, while Jason heads to the penthouse and holds Lucas at gunpoint.
By the time Jason and his gang arrive, Vecna is pursuing Max, and despite his best efforts to use his happier memories to escape his clutches, Vecna won't stop. She breaks through Max's mental shield and is about to kill her. That is, until Eleven, who traversed the Void using the sensory deprivation tank to find Max, shows up and rescues her friend.
Or so she thinks. After a bitter dispute with Vecna, Eleven ends up losing. Vecna transports her and an unconscious Max to her mind lair, takes them hostage using the vines of the Upside Down, and prepares to kill Max.
In Russia, Hopper, Joyce, Murray, Dmitri and Yuri, having escaped from Kamchatka prison, try to find a way back to the US to help the former duo's children. When the slimy Yuri refuses to play ball, Hopper, Joyce and Murray head back to prison to give their sons a break from their fight against Vecna. The trio devises a plan to lure the demogorgons and demogogs from the prison into the fighting pit and kill them with the flamethrower they found earlier, causing heavy damage to the lord of the Upside Down, nicknamed The Shadow, and Vecna. After all, everything that lives in the Upside Down is part of The Shadow's hive mind, so every organism that lives there feels pain if one of them is maimed or killed.
Initially, the plan seems to work. Hopper finds a demochin to lure him into the pit, prompting the other face-down monsters to follow suit. However, the democan catches up with Hopper, knocking him to the ground and preparing to deliver the decisive blow.
Similar scenarios also play out in the Upside Down. After distracting the demobats with a rendition of Metallica's iconic Master of Puppets track, Eddie and Dustin barricade themselves in a trailer, only for the demobats to find several ways in. , Eddie stays behind and drives the demobats away, much to the shock of his friend, who ends up going back to the Upside Down to rescue Eddie (injuring himself in the process). Although Eddie tries to run from the demobats, they quickly surround him. He makes a last stand against his enemies, and though he initially stops them, they soon overwhelm him.
Meanwhile, in the Upside Down version of Creel House, Steve, Robin, and Nancy slowly navigate the vine-covered floors and stairs of the building. However, as they approach Vecna's hideout, a powerful earthquake knocks them off their feet, causing the creepers to realize the trio is there. Quickly trapped by the vines, the three are pinned to the walls of Creel House, where they are slowly suffocated by their captors.
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All hope seems lost. Eleven tries to reason with Vecna and tells her that it was Doctor Brenner who turned them into monsters. Vecna partially agrees, but berates Eleven, telling her that she is the real culprit for turning him into a villain. She explains that he originally thought that Eleven had sent him to purgatory to await his fate, but realizing that he had been transported to another dimension, he began to explore it with the goal of using his monsters to conquer it. Earth some day. It is in this realm that Vecna (who was still Henry Creel at the time) meets The Shadow, meaning the Mind Flayer, and joins forces with him so they can conquer Earth together.
Appearing to give up, Eleven can only watch as Vecna proceeds to kill Max. However, Mike, who is keeping an eye on Eleven in the real world, gives a powerful and emotionally charged speech to Eleven (which he hears through the Void) to counterattack. Encouraged by Mike telling her that he loves her, Eleven frees herself from her vines and uses her powers to stop Vecna from hurting Max.
With Vecna pinned down, the other groups rally and fight as well. Joyce saves Hopper from the demo; The pair then lead the other monsters to the prison fight pit, where Murray roasts the demogorgons and demodogs with the flamethrower. Hopper kills the final Demogorgon with a sword, cutting off its arms before decapitating it. Having a second wind to fight back when he sees Max's body begin to be mutilated by Vecna, Lucas knocks Jason unconscious and catches Max as she falls to the ground. Erica fights off her pursuer and runs to the aid of Lucas and Max.
Dustin prepares to attack the demobats, but the swarm is killed when Eleven attacks Vecna. He tries to convince Eddie to return to the real world, where a doctor can treat his injuries, but Eddie's injuries are too severe and he dies. Finally, Steve, Nancy, and Robin free themselves from their vines. The trio head to the penthouse of the Creel House, where they find Vecna's mortal body (the Vecna fighting Eleven and Max is just his consciousness). They attack him with Molotov cocktails, severely injuring him, before Nancy is shot four times with her shotgun, sending Vecna through the attic window and downstairs.
It seems, then, that our heroes have won the day again. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Max, whose injuries are significant, appears to die from his injuries. And, as revealed in episode eight, his death becomes the fourth and most important one that allows Vecna's plan to come true.
Four portals to the Upside Down open in the real world, causing gigantic fissures in the Earth's surface to erupt and converge at the center of Hawkins. In the Void, Eleven mourns Max, but quickly realizes that he can save her. She uses her powers to cycle through Max's happiest memories in a last-ditch attempt to resurrect her... but the screen cuts to black before we know if it worked.
Fortunately, it's only seconds before we find out if Max lived or died. By the time we meet our heroes, two days have passed and the media is still blaming the Hellfire Club for the satanic-style events that took place.
Still, the show's main cast of characters know what really happened. With Vecna seemingly defeated, the various groups meet in Hawkins, with many heartbreaking and moving reunions. That is, everyone except Max - still alive despite his encounter with Vecna - who is in a drug-induced coma at the hospital. Technically, she died, and Lucas revealed that his heart stopped for a minute. However, she was revived by an unknown force, causing the doctors to say that her resuscitation was a miracle. But we all know what really happened here, right?
However, this being Stranger Things, things don't stay perfect for long. When Eleven meets Hopper and Joyce again at the former's cabin in the woods, Will tells Mike that Vecna is still alive somewhere. Will knows this because of his connection to the Upside Down, dating back to his time in that realm in season 1, as well as the aftermath he suffered in season 2.
Unsurprisingly, the gang's happiness is short-lived. The hairs on the back of Will's neck suddenly stand on end. And as the group looks up at the sky, a black cloud appears overhead, spewing dust particles that everyone recognizes from a specific location: yes, the Upside Down.
Eleven, Mike, Will, Hopper, Joyce, Jonathan, and Nancy make their way out of the woods and up a hill overlooking Hawkins and to their surprise, half of the glass and surrounding flowers have decayed. The group looks at downtown Hawkins, where the four fissures collided 48 hours earlier. Huge black clouds of smoke erupt from the ground, creating storms of red lightning when they collide. The camera zooms in on a determined-looking Eleven before the screen cuts to black and the credits roll.
Stranger Things season 4 volume 2 ending explained: is there a post-credits scene?
No, there is no post-credits scene when Stranger Things season 4 ends. That's a disappointment, but given that there wasn't a similar scenario at the end of Season 4, Volume 1, it's not entirely surprising.
Granted, volume 1 ended with some kind of end credits scene, but it was only a 30 second sneak peek of what was to come in volume 2. So, in our minds, that doesn't count as a post credits scene.
It would have been intriguing to see an end credits scene, but we can understand why the Duffer brothers, co-creators of Stranger Things, chose not to include one. Season 4's nearly 11-hour runtime is long enough, and we honestly wouldn't expect the Duffer brothers to tease what's to come in the show's fifth and final season just yet. Thankfully, we won't have to wait two years for the final entry in the series to hit Netflix and give us a fitting end to the pop culture juggernaut that is Stranger Things.
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