Stranger Things 4 Volume 2 – out this week on Netflix – has caused quite a stir among fans, as it comes nearly five weeks after the seven-part part 1, which ended on a shocking note with a big reveal. Stranger Things season 4’s two-part conclusion is touted as an action-packed affair with a “cinematic” look and feel. Spoilers ahead for part 1. Plus, according to Jamie Campbell Bower — who plays the nefarious villain Vecna — the story will have “enormous emotional depth” this time around.
To add to this, there’s the distinct possibility that certain beloved characters will meet a tragic fate in Stranger Things 4 Volume 2, given the core theme of revenge. Furthermore, Millie Bobby Brown, who plays fan-favorite Eleven, had previously hinted at this with her “you have to start killing people for” comment.
Then, of course, Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2 will set the stage for the fifth and final season, marking the end of the Netflix saga that began in 2016.
With that, here’s everything you need to know about Stranger Things 4 Volume 2.
Stranger Things 4 Volume 2 release date and time in India
Both episodes of Stranger Things 4 Volume 2 will air on Netflix on Friday, July 1, at 12:30 p.m. IST / 12 noon PT.
Stranger Things 4 Volume 2 Episodes and Runtime
Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2 consists of two super-sized episodes titled “Daddy” and “The Piggyback”, which run for 1 hour 25 minutes and 2 hours 19 minutes respectively.
Essentially, this means they’re longer than the Ryan Reynolds films Free Guy and The Adam Project, spearheaded by Stranger Things producer and director Shawn Levy, which had 115 minutes and 106 minutes respectively.
Stranger Things 4 Volume 2 cast
Bower, who stunned everyone with his shocking and unnerving transformation in the closing moments of Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 1, returns as the monstrous Vecna to wreak havoc. He recently told The Hollywood Reporter that Volume 2 will explore the human side of the character: “I think what you’ll see is more of the human aspect of Vecna. Let me put it this way. And there’s this huge, awesome, cool thing – I have to shut up! — but there’s also a huge, awesome, cool thing you see.”
Also expect Brown’s Eleven to be at its best, as the last two episodes of Stranger Things season 4 essentially revolve around her attempts to get revenge on Vecna. The Stranger Things 4 Volume 2 trailer suggested the same thing when she saw Dr. Martin Brenner appeared to ignore and left the Nevada facility.
In addition to Brown and Bower, the cast of Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2 includes Winona Ryder as Eleven’s adoptive mother Joyce Byers, Finn Wolfhard as her boyfriend Mike Wheeler, and Noah Schnapp as his best friend Will Byers.
David Harbor returns as former Hawkins Police Chief Jim Hopper, while Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin reprise their roles as Mike and Will’s friends Dustin Henderson and Lucas Sinclair, respectively.
Harbor recently dropped a hint about what these characters have in store this time around, saying that what’s happened so far “will look like a big change” compared to the events that will unfold on Stranger Things 4 Volume. 2.
The cast of The Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2 also includes Sadie Sink as Sinclair’s ex-girlfriend Max Mayfield, Natalia Dyer as Wheeler’s sister Nancy Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Joyce’s oldest son and Will’s brother Jonathan Byers, Joe Keery as Nancy’s ex-boyfriend Steve Harrington, Maya Hawke as Steve’s best friend Robin Buckley, Priah Ferguson as Lucas’ sister Erica Sinclair, Cara Buono as the Wheeler matriarch Karen Wheeler, and Brett Gelman as former investigative reporter Murray Bauma, who reprise their roles from Part 1.
Eduardo Franco and Joseph Quinn also return as Jonathan’s friend Argyle and Hellfire Club founder Eddie Munson, respectively. The latest fan favorite is featured on a guitar in the Upside Down in the Volume 2 trailer.
Stranger Things 4 Volume 2 Trailer
A sneak peek for Stranger Things 4 Volume 2 was included with the final episode of Volume 1. The 30-second preview featured an ominous voiceover from Vecna as the monster told Elf it was “all over” when she was “liberated.” it.
Netflix subsequently released a full trailer (below) for Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2, which focused on the intense comparison of Vecna and Wheeler, before turning it into an action-packed affair.
Stranger Things 4 Volume 2 review
At the time of writing, there are no reviews available for Stranger Things 4 Volume 2, suggesting the initial reactions may be embargoed, as is usually the case with most Netflix originals.
Strange Things 5?
Creators and showrunners the Duffer Brothers have already confirmed that Stranger Things, as we know it, will end with a fifth and final season. It’s already in the works.
We should have a clearer picture of what the future holds for Stranger Things, after watching the last two episodes of Season 4.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the franchise, as they feel that “there are many more exciting stories to tell” via spin-offs.
Matt Duffer recently revealed that the spin-off series will “be different than everyone expects”.
Stranger Things 4 Part 2 poster
Here’s Netflix’s Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2 poster: