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Congrats, our dear friend. You made it through Volume One of Stranger Things Season Four. While this season is perfectly enjoyable, don't get us wrong, burning through this nine-hour-long batch of episodes is a feat of endurance on par with crossing the Atlantic by paddleboard, or hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with your shoes tied to each other. Treat yourself to a couple of Eggos. You did it.
If you're reading this, you are almost certainly a maniac, because you're probably wondering a couple of things: One, when Stranger Things will drop Volume Two? Secondly, what will go down in the final episodes of this season? While you should absolutely go outside for a few minutes, please, we're ultimately in service to you, so your answers are below. Just drink some water. Please.
When Will Volume Two Premiere?
The final two episodes of this season will hit Netflix on July 1, 2022. Worried that two is a measly amount, after the nine hours of Stranger Things you just watched? Don't. Episode Eight is one hour long, while Episode Nine runs at a whopping two hours and 30 minutes. Moving on.
Where's the Most Recent Trailer?
Just know that you should turn back now if you want to enter the final episodes completely unspoiled. Still here? Good. Last week, Netflix dropped a helluva trailer for Volume Two, which you can view below. Praise the Stranger Things gods, the preview sees Steve and Nancy alive and (somewhat) well, hopefully discouraging speculation that our heroes will die at the hands of Vecna. Speaking of our bloodthirsty friend, Vecna truly seems hellbent on destroying the Hawkins crew, with his voiceover damn near leading us to believe that the guy has already won. By the looks of Dustin, Max, and Lucas all decked out in armor and wielding makeshift weapons, they're ready to put up a fight. Hopefully Eleven will make it out of the lab in time to join the battle. Oh, and the souped-up "Running Up That Hill" remix in this trailer? It's just plain cool.
You Mentioned Something About Hopper?
Yes! We most certainly did. In an interview with IndieWire, David Harbour, who plays Jim Hopper in Stranger Things, did some serious hyping up of the next season. If you'll remember the Part One finale, over in Russia, Hopper, Joyce, and Murray still aren't in the clear. The prison escape, really, is only halfway through, with the Demogorgon still alive on the other side of the door.
What Have the Duffer Brothers Said About Volume Two?
Considering we're only weeks away from Episodes Eight and Nine, series creators Matt and Ross Duffer have been frustratingly tight-lipped about the fate of our beloved heroes. Matt Duffer told TVLine that Volume Two “has a little bit of everything," and that it's "extremely emotional while also having the most action and spectacle we’ve ever had.” Speaking to the three different plotlines we've been following in he first seven episodes, Ross added, “We’ve been cross-cutting between these different worlds all season, but the cross-cutting just gets really rapid-fire in the finale as we’re bouncing from one world to the next.”
Give us more, guys! Seems like we'll have to do the speculating ourselves.
What Will Happen in Volume Two?
We ran down the action in an extensive breakdown of the finale and already addressed the crew in Russia, so we'll keep it short here. The final two episodes will likely pick right up with whatever happens to Nancy in Vecna's lair. We're willing to bet that she makes it through, with the Hawkins gang somehow saving her, but Stranger Things will likely kill off a major character by the finale. On Eleven's end, she'll probably go on a crash course directly toward Vecna, after we figured out that they are old buddies turned mortal enemies. As for the lonesome, rambling crew of Jonathan, Will, Mike, and Argyle? They'll likely keep... driving around, screaming and crying. Something like that.
Speaking of Vecna, the actor behind the terrifying creation, Jamie Campbell Bower, teased his role in the next batch of episodes to The Hollywood Reporter. "I think what you will see is more of the human aspect of Vecna," he said. "Let me say that much. And there’s a huge, great, cool thing—I need to keep my mouth closed!—but there’s a huge, great, cool thing you see as well! You still witness a bit more of an evolution—quite a bit more of an evolution, particularly for Vecna and Henry to Vecna." What a tease! Someone get this guy on board a Marvel press tour. The actor also added that he knows about Season Five, which may very well mean Vecna will survive the events of Volume Two.
Any way you spin it, Volume Two will mark the beginning of the end for Stranger Things, which is set to end after Season Five. In our profile of Gaten Matarazzo, who plays the one and only Dustin (AKA Dusty Bun) Henderson, he revealed how he felt about Stranger Things nearing its conclusion. "I'm going to be heartbroken to leave the show behind, but also I'm just glad that they have an end in sight," Matarazzo said. "I think every single show needs that. I think there's so many amazing quality projects that do so well and they ride that wave until they realize that they didn't have a stopping point. They didn't put brake in the car. That's essential because it will come to a crashing halt unless you prep for it. Stuff goes downhill all the time, because you're not ready to wrap it up when it needs to be wrapped up at a high point. And I think [Matt and Ross Duffer] were really keen on that early on."
We're going to be heartbroken about it too, Dusty Bu—er, Gaten. See you in July.
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