That stranger things Writers have explained how they decided who would die in season four.
The fourth season recently concluded with a second volume of episodes released on Friday (July 1st).
Viewers have watched the new episodes by the millions and the show continues its record-breaking run for Netflix.
The episodes didn’t come without heartbreak, though – and creators Matt and Ross Duffer are now breaking down the reasons for killing what they did, and shattering fans’ hope in the process.
*Spoilers to follow – you have been warned*
In the final episode, Eddie Munson, who was introduced in season four episode one, died.
Eddie, played by Joseph Quinn, sacrificed himself to save Hawkins – but the brutal irony of his sacrifice was that Hawkins residents believed him to be a murderer and made his life a night companion in the run-up to his death.
Ever since the finale aired, fans have been wishing Eddie would somehow make a big return in season five. But in a new interview on the Happy sad confused Podcast, the Duffer brothers have quashed that speculation.
In fact, they said they always intended to kill Eddie when they created his character.
“We kind of saw Eddie as a doomed character,” admitted Matt Duffer. “Even if you imagine the downside of where he survives that final fight, Eddie doesn’t have a great life on the right side either, so he really was conceived from the start as a doomed character – unlike someone like Bob [Sean Astin’s character, who died in season two]which was like a shock to actually up the ante.
“In that case, Eddie was really doomed the whole season.”
He added: “Obviously if you kill someone that nobody cares about, it doesn’t have any repercussions, so the goal was to make Eddie a really lovable character so that the audience would fall in love with him. But to see the extent to which he did it, it was like, “Oh boy, that’s going to cause a reaction.”
Ross Duffer continued, “He would always be a tragic figure. There was no other bow for him. He would have ended up in prison — this fantasy of graduating from Milwaukee was never a result for him.”
Elsewhere, in the penultimate episode of season four, Matthew Modine’s recurring character, Dr. Martin Brenner killed.
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Matt Duffer explained: “Why we really wanted to bring him back [is that] We felt that Eleven had never really come to terms with her relationship with him. Especially in episode eight, she and Brenner get down to business and she says everything that’s on her mind.
“We also wanted to show that Brenner isn’t this black-and-white villain — we wanted to give him a chance to at least try to tell Eleven his justifications, and she ends up not accepting them.”
While the death scenes left viewers shocked, the cast seem to have differing opinions. Both Millie Bobby Brown and Noah Schnapp, who play Eleven and Will, recently called out for the show not to kill original characters — comments the Duffer brothers have since responded to.
Meanwhile, the show’s creators also shared a big way in which they plan to make the final season very different from the fourth.
stranger things is now available to stream on Netflix. The final season is scheduled for release in 2024.
Find The Independent‘s recap of season four here, and everything we know about season five and final here.
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