Stranger Things is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by the Duffer Brothers, who also serve as showrunners and executive producers alongside Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen.
The first season, produced by Monkey Massacre Productions and Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment, premiered on Netflix on July 15, 2016.
Its second, third, and fourth seasons began in October 2017, July 2019, and May and July 2022, respectively. The show was renewed for a fifth and final season in February 2022.
‘Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 1 Ending Explained: the Origins of Vecna Revealed
A new batch of Stranger Things episodes has finally arrived on Netflix after a three-year hiatus. And, once again, the Duffer Brothers kept us on the edge of our seats with an enthralling season finale.
So, sort of. Stranger Things Season 4 isn’t quite over: split into two parts, the show final run will only air its final two episodes on July 1. This gives fans an entire month to digest everything that happened in Season 4, Volume 1, and prepare for the upcoming ultimate battle for Hawkins. But what exactly are you supposed to take in? What happened during the semi-final?
“The Massacre at Hawkins Lab” focuses on three of Stranger Things Season 4’s four main storylines, all of which will most likely converge into a single plot by the season finale. Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), Will (Noah Schnapp), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), and Argyle (Eduardo Franco) are the only main characters missing from Volume 1’s seventh episode.
They finish their search for the Nina Project address in Episode 6 after a long and tumultuous road trip to Utah. The remaining characters are scattered across the United States and Russia in small groups, fighting monsters and dealing with repressed memories.
The majority of the gang has returned to Hawkins to deal with Vecna’s threat and the town’s latest satanic panic. Meanwhile, in the Nevada desert, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is undergoing memory-jogging sessions in order to regain her powers and assist her friends.
Far from the commotion, Hopper (David Harbour) prepares to face the Demogorgon in a gulag, while Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Murray (Brett Gelman) put their rescue plan into action. With geography on our side, let’s dissect “The Massacre at Hawkins Lab” one location and plot at a time.
‘Stranger Things 4’ Spoilers Review: an Exhausting End Lives and Dies in the ‘mind Fight’
Early in the supersized finale of “Stranger Things 4” — or what would be roughly one-quarter of the way through a standard TV episode, but what’s less than one-tenth into the 140-minute “Chapter Nine: The Piggyback” — a stoner doofus stumbles into a two-pronged revelation. For plot purposes, Argyle (Eduardo Franco) envisions the ideal location for Eleven’s (Millie Bobby Brown) “mind fight.”
Surfer Boy Pizza not only has the necessary amount of salt to better focus our hero’s powers, but it also has a bathtub-sized container to assist her in traveling into her friend’s mind.
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) December 7, 2022
(Now that I’ve written all of this, it suddenly makes perfect sense that a constantly high teenager would know exactly how to handle such a situation.)
However, the audience may have a more pertinent realization. If it wasn’t clear where “Stranger Things” Season 4’s climactic battle would take place, the term “mental fight” makes it clear.
Eleven and One (aka Vecna, aka Henry Creel, played by Jamie Campbell Bower) will square off in the same arena where much of Season 4 was set: the human mind. Despite Argyle’s enthusiasm for the plan, the more appropriate phrase is “Aw, that’s a bummer, man.”