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No hope for Hawkins? Trailer for Stranger Things S4 Part 2 is pretty bleak

We’re eagerly awaiting the two-part finale to the fourth season of Stranger Issues. Will Hawkins survive?

It was admittedly an odd artistic determination to separate the fourth season of Stranger Issues into two unequal components. Whereas Half 1 (consisting of the primary seven episodes) was a bit bloated, it nonetheless advised a compelling story, arrange some very actual stakes, and left viewers mulling over a number of cliffhangers. Happily, we do not have lengthy to attend to see what occurs subsequent, and Netflix simply dropped an thrilling new trailer foreshadowing what we will count on from the ultimate two episodes, every of which clocks in at nicely over an hour’s run time. And issues look fairly bleak for the Hawkins gang.

(Some spoilers for S4 Half 1 beneath, however we have tried to keep away from revealing the most important plot twists.)

Ever because the official trailer for Half 1 dropped in May, we have recognized that this season’s large unhealthy hails straight from basic D&D lore. It is Vecna, a once-powerful wizard who first turned undead after which turned a lich. Though Vecna (within the lore, no less than) was destroyed, over time he achieved godhood. His left hand and left eye survived his bodily loss of life and have become {powerful} relics.

The sequence offers Vecna a really completely different backstory that connects the character to every thing that has occurred in Hawkins because the first season. He fairly resembles Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Road franchise, besides he preys on folks’s (particularly teenagers’) detrimental ideas and emotions fairly than their goals. The horrible fates of his victims result in an outbreak of “Satanic Panic” within the healthful city of Hawkins. And that is all I will say about Vecna for now.

Straight outta <em>D&amp;D</em>: Vecna won't stop until he's taken everybody.
Enlarge / Straight outta D&D: Vecna will not cease till he is taken everyone.

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In the meantime, your complete Byers clan, together with Eleven (Milly Bobbie Brown), has relocated to Southern California, the place Will (Noah Schnapp) and Eleven naturally discover themselves highschool outcasts. Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Max (Sadie Sink), Nancy (Natalia Dyer), Steve (Joe Keery), and Robin (Maya Hawke) remained in Hawkins, the place Lucas’ newfound basketball skills wins him admission to the favored crowd. (It should be stated that the highschool dynamics within the opening S4 episodes are unrelentingly cliché; this isn’t what Stranger Issues does nicely.)

Hopper (David Harbour) is being stored prisoner by the Russians, however he is plotting a breakout with a Russian guard nicknamed Enzo (Tom Wlaschiha). This entails sending a coded message to Joyce (Winona Ryder), who promptly hops on a aircraft to Alaska with Murray Bauman (Brett Gelman)—inexplicably leaving her youngsters at house and at midnight as to the true nature of her “enterprise journey.” Then Eleven will get snatched and delivered to a secret underground lair run by none aside from her “Papa”: Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine). The remaining Byers youngsters hit the highway to rescue her.

Flashbacks tell us more about Eleven's early days in Dr. Brenner's lab and a certain tragic event.
Enlarge / Flashbacks inform us extra about Eleven’s early days in Dr. Brenner’s lab and a sure tragic occasion.

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However does Eleven really need rescuing? There have been substantial flashbacks to Eleven’s early days in Dr. Brenner’s lab, earlier than she tore open a gateway between our world and the Upside Down. We discovered {that a} mysterious incident precipitated the loss of life of practically all of the little one topics aside from Eleven, whose fragmented recollections of that point appear to implicate Eleven because the offender. (Prior seasons definitely established that she is able to killing, albeit nearly at all times in self-defense.) It appears Dr. Brenner has been recruited to assist her recuperate her powers, lest Vecna’s actions allow the Upside Right down to take over our world fully.

Given the three distinct story strains in three separate locales, loads went down within the first seven episodes, and issues ended on three completely different cliffhangers. Joyce reunited with Hopper as he escaped from his Russian jail, however they nonetheless must discover a method again to the US. Steve, Nancy, and D&D dungeon grasp Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn)—simply this season’s breakout character—obtained trapped within the Upside Down.

Dustin, Lucas, and Erica (Priah Ferguson) discovered one other gate to rescue them, however Vecna snatched Nancy’s thoughts on the final minute, with Steve torn between making an attempt to save lots of Nancy proper then or searching for the youthful youngsters within the “actual” world. As for Eleven, she discovered the reality about what actually occurred within the laboratory that tragic day—and the true nature of the risk her buddies now face again in Hawkins.

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