Until now, stranger things has been a series almost anthological, with seasons that usually end in a closed way. And although the themes and plots are maintained from one installment to another, almost always the season finale shows the end of the central conflict. That is until the intriguing season four, the most mature and darkest in the entire history of the show. Also the one that closes a stage of the show and directs it towards its inevitable end point.
But in addition to being a milestone in the universe of stranger things, season four carries a painful caveat. Although there is no confirmation, nor any real indications, everything seems to lead to the death of one of the characters. The Duffers hinted in recent months that it is likely to happen. And that, in addition, it could be one of the central characters of the program. Which, of course, leaves a wide — and distressing — range of possibilities.
As if that wasn’t enough, this is the darkest, mature and violent season of all. For what is obvious, the loss of innocence — the subject of the plot for his return — is likely to be deepened by a death. And not a suggested or what turns out to be a surprising narrative arc, as happened with Hopper. Everything seems to indicate that it will be a definitive, painful one that will change the world of stranger things from Netflix forever.
And who might die in the midst of what seems like a full-scale confrontation with the supernatural? There are several likely candidates, especially when everything points to the fact that the town of Hawkins will also become a scene of devastation. Will there be an irreparable loss in Stranger Things? We leave you a list of probabilities.
The character played by Joe Keery has had a flawless and deep arc of redemption in all four seasons of stranger things. From bad boy, bully, and generally unpleasant guy, he became the emotional support of the Hawkins gang. To that should be added his solidarity, kindness and willingness to help anyone in the midst of the extravagant events of the town.
And perhaps, for that reason, it is the character most likely to die in the last two episodes of the season. After all, she has the perfect mix of charisma, grit, and a curious lack of bonds that would make the loss of her painful. But at the same time, not especially important for the plot. In fact, the script has been careful to avoid Steve being anything more than the beloved friend of the main characters. Could he be the perfect victim in a tricky argument?
Another of the characters with appreciable growth in the plot, which also seems to have reached its highest point. Nancy left behind the role of damsel in disgrace and sand became the intellectual driving force of the series. And by the end of volume one of the fourth season of stranger things he was facing the possibility of dying before Vecna. In particular, his terrifying abilities to revive the worst memories and turn them into a deadly weapon.
Could Nancy die? In reality, it would be a dramatic coup that would immediately enhance a tragic Steve, with whom she shares a confusing relationship. As if that wasn’t enough it would be a painful blow for the hawkins gang, but without having to sacrifice any of its main characters. Will the Duffers dare such a thing?
Kill Hawkins’ most devoted mother? It may seem like nonsense, but it would have a total effect on the structure of stranger things. Which is, in fact, what the Duffers are looking for in the story’s penultimate season. If Joyce were to die, Hopper would most likely face his private grief to take care of Eleven, Will, and Jonathan. Which would give him a new vital purpose and perhaps, a rethinking of his priorities.
Too tragic? It is probable. But, if we take into account that the Duffers announced that the fifth season will take a step in the future, that could indicate something specific. The Hawkins gang won’t need a dedicated mother anymore.
After his apparent death and being mourned on and off screen, the chances of Hopper being the victim of the script are medium. Of course, perhaps it could happen that he would star in a heroic act that would lead to a tragic but effective death for the plot.
But the big unavoidable question is if it would make sense for the character to die a second time. Wouldn’t that be some kind of unintentional parody of one of the most criticized resurrection tropes on the big and small screen? Of course, it would be necessary to analyze how it would be narrated and if his death would favor the already announced time jump of the fifth season. Could Hopper be a perennial and inspiring memory for the future?
The older Byers has had a rather lackluster turn in season four volume one of stranger things. As much as to go unnoticed. In fact, the highlight of his appearance is his sudden interest in hallucinogenic substances and friendship with Argyle, one of the debutants in the script. So he is his death would not only have no impact, but would have no effect on the plot.
It is likely, yes, that the writers of the show decide to give greater preponderance to the character in the last two chapters. Could it put you at risk of death? The possibility is considerable although not definitive. And much less important, no matter how cruel the latter sounds.
The brilliant and charismatic Robin has become one of the most beloved characters on the show. And that, precisely, is what puts her in danger. Especially since she’s part of the group that will have to deal with whether it’s Vecna’s wrath or Hawkins’ righteous mob. However, it is unlikely that the character will die. The writers gave him an incomplete romantic arc — which is likely to become clearer in the last two chapters — and he’s the driving brain of the group.
The latter reinforces the theories that he could die to occupy — in a symbolic way — Nancy’s place. After all, both have spent much of season four in investigations and sharing results. Shall we say goodbye to Nancy for Robin’s benefit?
The Whole Hawkins Gang
It is practically impossible that the writers decide to sacrifice one of the central characters of the story with a fifth season in earnest. During the first volume there was an obvious shock at the danger Max was in. But in the end, the risk resulted in the resolution of part of the seasonal mystery.
And while Dustin and Lucas might be chased by a hysterical mob, they will most likely save your life. The same Mike and Will, who must resolve what is the tension between them. As for Erika, she will most likely continue to be the voice of sanity in the midst of Hawkins’ most insane situations.
Recovered his powers and about to face Vecna, the great heroine of Hawkins’ telekinesis he is also an essential character. So much so that his survival is assured, in view of the last and final season of stranger things.
Of course, he must also meet with Hopper, solve his school situation and perhaps start, now, a journey towards a normal life. And that includes, a relationship with Mike and certainly a short period of normal family life. Will he be able to do it?
It is very unlikely that a villain written so lovingly by the writers will die by the end of the fourth season of stranger things. Without a doubt, he will be defeated by Eleven or at least, he will have a confrontation in which he has everything to lose. But it is very likely that he will not die. Still, in both possibilities, he will most likely end up locked up in the Upside Down.