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Who Died in Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 2 Finale?

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This story contains spoilers for Stranger Things 4

With the release of the last two episodes on July 1st Stranger Things 4 has ended – and a few key characters meet their end in the finale as well. Netflix’s flagship sci-fi show has never been afraid to kill characters (RIP Barb), and its last full-length episodes feature some major deaths — and some near-death moments are sure to have huge consequences for the world. show like this is entering its fifth and final season.

Here’s everything you need to know about the most significant — and devastating — character deaths in Season 4, the characters who nearly died, and the few whose fates remain unknown. (A full recap from the end of Season 4 is available here.)

Who died in? Stranger Things 4

Doctor Brenner

Fans have long assumed that Doctor Martin Brenner (Mathew Modine), the researcher in charge of Hawkins Lab who studied and abused Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and the other telekinetic children, died when a Demogorgon attacked him in Season 1. But in Season 4, it is revealed that Brenner survived his injuries and founded the NINA project – a top secret laboratory in the Nevada desert designed to give Eleven back her powers.

While Eleven and her “Daddy” initially maintain an uneasy alliance and work together to unlock memories of Vecna’s origin and restore Eleven’s powers, Brenner eventually betrays her. Rather than let Elf and Doctor Owens leave for Hawkins, Brenner says Elf isn’t “ready” yet and has his men handcuff Owens while he stuns Elf and puts her on a power-containing collar.

But just then, Lieutenant Colonel Jack Sullivan (Sherman Augustus) – the leader of a rival government faction who believes Eleven is a threat that should be killed rather than empowered – attacks the base. Brenner tries to flee with Eleven, but he is shot several times by a sniper in a helicopter. Despite the collar, Elf can use her powers to bring down the helicopter. However, it is too late for Brenner and in his dying moments he unlocks Elf’s collar. He was a megalomaniac monster who abused Eleven and many other children, but he had a serious, if extremely poisonous and twisted, affection for Eleven. Likewise, Eleven’s complicated past with “Daddy” meant it was still a touching moment when he died.


Millie Bobby Brown as Elf and Matthew Modine as Dr. Martin Brenner in ‘Stranger Things’

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Eddie Munson

Get on Weird stuff‘ great tradition of introducing a new main character only to kill them by the end of the same season they debuted (see: Bob Newby, Alexei), Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) doesn’t make it to the end of season 4 alive.

Eddie and Dustin played an important part in the plan to defeat Vecna. As Nancy (Natalia Dyer), Steve (Joe Keery) and Robin (Maya Hawke) went after his body, the pair would create a distraction to lure his hordes of demobats away. Eddie, in the series’ most metallic moment, does this by crushing a Metallica solo on the roof of the Upside Down RV. Despite their reinforcements, the bats are able to break into the RV. Eddie tricks Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) into retreating to the real world for safety, but he stays behind to give his friends more time. Throughout the season, Eddie was plagued with guilt for simply walking away when Chrissy (Grace Van Dien) died horribly in front of him in the premiere. Finally, he finds his courage by first luring the bats away from the RV and then making a fateful decision to do battle with them. The bats mortally injure him and Dustin returns to the Upside Down just in time for Eddie to die in his arms.

Eddie died a hero, but the people of Hawkins think he’s a villain. He’s still the prime suspect in all the brutal murders, and people think his love of metal and… Dungeons and Dragons is actually part of some satanic cult – a reference to the real satanic panic in the eighties. Only his friends know how brave he was after all, but Dustin tries to tell Eddie’s uncle the truth. He can’t tell the whole truth of course, but at least Eddie’s family can take some comfort in knowing that he fought (an earthquake?) for his friends. RIP Eddie, you are now shredding with the angels.


Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley, Joe Keery as Steve Harrington, Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair, Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler and Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield in ‘Stranger Things’

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Whose fate remains unclear in Stranger Things?

Max Mayfield

Max (Sadie Sink) nearly dies in the first half of the season when she becomes the target of Vecna. Thanks to her favorite song – “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” by Kate Bush – Max reconnects with reality and escapes Vecna’s paranormal world. She spends the rest of the season with her Walkman nearby so she can re-sound the song to keep Vecna ​​at bay, but in order for the plan to fight Vecna ​​to work, she needs a be bait. She forgoes the Walkman and makes a plan to avoid Vecna ​​in her own memories, because it’s… hair remember he’s invading. The plan works – in the beginning.

Fate strikes when Vecna ​​overpowers all of Max’s friends. His bats kill Eddie while his vine-like tentacles ensnare Nancy, Steve and Robin. And though Elf comes to her rescue and projects in Max’s brevity to fight Vecna, the villain is able to defeat Elf. To make matters worse, Chrissy’s psycho boyfriend Jason (Mason Dye) attacks Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) while defending Max’s body, accusing him of being involved with Eddie’s “satanic” cult. Jason accidentally destroys the Walkman, meaning Kate Bush can’t come to the rescue.

Max soars into the air, her eyes begin to bleed and her limbs begin to snap like twigs. Then, with Mike’s encouragement, Eleven summons the power to defeat Vecna, while Nancy’s crew sets his physical body on fire. Max falls to the ground before her eyeballs explode like past victims, but she is fatally injured. She dies, scared, in Lucas’s arms. With her death, the fourth gate to the Upside Down opens.

Eleven won’t take this, however, and she uses her power to bring Max back to life. After a time jump of two days, we learn that Max is alive again, but barely. She is in the hospital, all her limbs are terribly broken and she is in a sort of coma. The doctors don’t know if she’ll ever wake up, and when Elf tries to get inside Max’s mind, there’s no one there. Although Max is technically alive, it remains to be seen how much she will ever recover.

Doctor Sam Owens

It’s unclear if Doctor Owens (Paul Reiser) will survive the season. We last see him handcuffed to a pipe after Brenner’s betrayal and begs Lieutenant Colonel Jack Sullivan not to kill Eleven. While Sullivan’s men have no qualms about killing, it’s unclear whether he would have Owens executed if he already captured him as a prisoner. Owens may or may not be alive, but even if he survives the season, he will be in a bad position when Season 5 starts.


Vecna ​​in ‘Strange Things’

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Who still lives in it Weird stuff

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Eleven defeats Vecna ​​(Jamie Campbell Bower) in a paranormal battle, Steve and Nancy set his body on fire and Nancy shoots him multiple times with a sawed-off shotgun. But it’s not enough. Vecna’s body flies out the window of the Upside Down Creel house and he lands with a thud. However, the body quickly disappears – almost certainly a direct tribute to when Michael Myers does the same disappearing act at the end of Halloween

Some of our heroes are hopeful that he died of his injuries after all and is really gone for good. But Will (Noah Schnapp), who was possessed by the Mind Flayer in Season 2 (revealed to have been a servant of Vecna) has a connection to the Upside Down and knows that Vecna ​​is not gone. His theory seems to hold true when in the closing moments of the finale, ash begins to fall from the sky as the Upside Down invades the real world.

It’s like Vecna ​​warned: his defeat wasn’t the end, it was just the beginning of the end. He is almost certainly alive and our heroes will have to end the fight in Season 5. Let’s hope they all survive.

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