Stranger Things 4 Final Shot Confirmed Season 5’s 4 Biggest Storylines

Warning: Spoilers for stranger things Season 4 Volume 2!

stranger things The final shot of Season 4 teased the four biggest storylines coming in the Season 5 finale stranger things The final season will contain many surprises, Season 4 hinted at where the show is going, especially in the final sequence.

Despite the best efforts of the Hawkins group, Vecna ​​emerged victorious from the battle depicted in stranger things Season 4 “The Piggyback”. Eddie died during the Vecna ​​fight and Max was left in a terrible state, leaving the others unsure of what might come next. Several reunions were shown two days later, including one in which Hopper and Joyce returned to their children at Hopper’s cabin. The pair arrive while Eleven, Mike, Will, Jonathan, Nancy, and Argyle are fixing Hopper’s cabin just before Will sensed Vecna ​​was still out there. The group – minus Argyle – was then led to a nearby field, where they discovered the Upside Down entering Hawkins.


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As the Upside Down killed the field of wildflowers, ashlike spores fell from the sky. The last shot of stranger things Season 4 then showed the group looking at the town of Hawkins from the top of the hill. Aside from the red flashing storm, red fissures could be seen from the Upside Down, dividing the city as several areas billowed with thick smoke. This was announced by the Duffer Brothers stranger things Season 5 highlights Hawkins’ original group, and these storylines were teased in the final shot of Season 4.

Nancy & Jonathan’s relationship

Natalia Dyer as Nancy and Charlie Heaton as Jonathan in Stranger Things Season 4

After being kept apart most of the time stranger things In Season 4, Nancy and Jonathan got back together at the end of The Piggyback. During the “Two Days Later” sequence, the Surfer Boy pizza van stopped at the Wheeler house. Though excited Nancy immediately ran to Jonathan, Steve wasn’t too pleased considering there were hints of a rekindling romance with his ex-girlfriend in Season 4. Still, the road ahead for Nancy and Jonathan will be interesting as there are some bumps in their relationship that could be on the horizon for them stranger things Season 5 story.

Nancy revealed problems arose in their relationship due to the long distance, and hinted that the pair weren’t always on the same page. When Jonathan asked Nancy if the two in Hopper’s cabin were okay, Nancy shyly said yes, but there was an obvious uncertainty in her voice. Jonathan, on the other hand, withheld the fact that he had no intention of going to Emerson with her and continued to withhold his future plans from her. All indications are that Nancy and Jonathan’s days as a couple may be over and their fate will be a major consideration stranger things Season 5, especially when romantic feelings for Steve are still involved. It’s also possible that Nancy will decide that being single is the next logical step if she manages to leave Hawkins to embrace the next phase of her life as an Emerson student.

Mike & Will’s complicated friendship

Finn Wolfhard as Mike and Noah Schnapp as Will in Stranger Things Season 4

After much speculation stranger things Season 4 confirmed that Will is gay, although it hasn’t been specifically said yet. Still, it was a step in the right direction after the show was accused of queerbaiting. When Mike traveled to Lenora, California for Spring Break, Will was just as happy to see him as Eleven was. Granted, Mike’s attention was focused on Eleven from the moment he arrived, much to his longtime best friend’s dismay. During Will and Mike’s scenes together in stranger things Season 4 made it increasingly clear that the former harbored romantic feelings for the latter. Instead of revealing the truth, Will used his painting to disguise his feelings with a speech to cheer Mike up by assuring him that his connection with Eleven is still strong.

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Mike and Will seemed to resolve any insecurities surrounding their friendship, but there are still some intricate aspects that stem from Will guarding his full feelings leading into the duo’s upcoming storyline. At the moment there doesn’t seem to be any reciprocated romance from Mike since he’s all in with Eleven. But with Will seemingly coming back into focus stranger things Season 5 raises the question of how Mike will fit into the equation. There’s no doubt that Will wants to remain friends with Mike, but it’s still unclear if Will will choose to reveal his true feelings for Mike. Hopefully Netflix will make more of Will’s gay story and give the character a chance to tell his friends and family who he really is when he’s ready.

Hopper & Joyce protect their children

David Harbor and Winona Ryder in Stranger Things

Hopper and Joyce were another key couple that was highlighted stranger things the season 4 final scene in the field, hinting at her big season 5 storyline. Their reunion in Russia quickly turned into an intense mission as the pair attempted to eliminate the Demogorgons in order to weaken Vecna ​​and the Upside Down. Going back to prison was a risk, but they did it for the children, who they knew were stuck at the heart of the conflict. They successfully completed their part of the mission alongside Murray before Dmitri and Yuri rescued them from a helicopter. The couple, who are now entering into a romantic relationship, returned to Hawkins and allowed the group to learn of Hopper’s survival.

Hopper was already filling the parental role in Eleven’s life before his presumed death, allowing Joyce to fill in as her primary caregiver. stranger things In Season 5, Hopper and Joyce will likely team up to serve as adult caretakers. Joyce hasn’t had much screen time with her own sons, Will and Jonathan, but that’s likely to change next season of the show as everyone in Hawkins is back together. Instead of helping the group from Russia, Hopper and Joyce get a chance to be more directly involved in the next fight against Vecna ​​while trying to protect the kids and their friends.

Eleven vs. Vecna ​​& The Upside Down

Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in the Season 4 finale of Stranger Things

In the center of stranger things Season 4’s final shot was Eleven watching Upside Down unfold in Hawkins. Eleven may have revived Max, but she was unable to fully defeat Vecna ​​and allow him to carry out his plan. Max’s death, albeit brief, fulfilled the curse and allowed the four gates to expand through Hawkins. Though assumed to be an earthquake by unsuspecting citizens, the destruction in the city allowed Upside Down to spill over fully into the real world. The look on Eleven’s face implied that she was fully aware of the consequences of not killing Vecna ​​and that the consequences will be a central plot in stranger things‘ last season.

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If the core group is to survive, Eleven must evolve her powers and find a way to kill Vecna. Hawkins’ Upside Down invasion will complicate matters further as it raises various questions regarding the city’s living conditions and whether Demogorgons and other creatures can now roam freely in the primary dimension. Anyway, Eleven will lead the attack stranger things‘ final showdown against Vecna ​​and other surprises Upside Down has in store.

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