Stranger Things season four is a standout part of the series, even though we only got seven episodes from Netflix.
Fans have a feeling that some of the burning questions we’ve had for years are finally being answered, and that’s because all of the stories from past seasons are forming into one big, complex myth.
However, with that comes more questions as the story moves on and fans haven’t gotten the entire season to unpack all of the information they’ve been given.
The last part of the hit series comes to Netflix on July 1 in the form of two episodes. Episode eight will be an hour long, while episode nine will last a whopping two hours and 30 minutes.
That means a lot could still happen and fans think they might know what.
Here are 8 theories fans have come up with for Stranger Things Season 4 Part 2.
1. Eddie Munson will save Nancy from the reverse.
Someone on Reddit pointed out that in the original trailer for Stranger Things season 4, Eddie was in the Upside Down, playing his guitar on top of his trailer while a couple of speakers were set up.
“It seems he’s got some amps set up so he wants this music to be really loud,” they wrote.
“What if Vecna evolved to kill multiple people at once and those people are in a trance-like state. To save her, Eddie is sending this music to everyone.”
Of course, the song must mean something to all of the people it would save, so the Reddit theorist started a babble about the Stars and Stripes, Eddie Van Halen, and more details, but it’s also possible that Eddie Munson is just trying to save Nancy or defeat Vecna with music as we know for sure that Mike’s older sister is already under Vecna’s control.
2. Steve proves he still loves Nancy by saving her.
Not so fast, Eddie, because actually Steve Harrington will be the one who saves Nancy. At least that’s what some fans think.
Steve’s redemption arc since season one has to be one of the best modern television walkthrough arcs I’ve seen in a while.
It can’t be easy going from the guy everyone hates to the guy everyone out-of-kids love in the most heroic, sane way.
And that’s because it’s not in his love life, at least.
After his gentle rejection by Robin Buckley, Steve’s love life appears to be in limbo — unless it’s upside down.
Fans think that Steve is still in love with Nancy and to try to prove his love to her he will save her by singing the same song he sang to her in the first season.
3. Robin could also play a role in Nancy’s rescue and possibly save her himself.
While searching Nancy’s room, Robin found some music cassettes that may contain her favorite song, which would then be played to bring her out of her trance.
Whether she’s telling her now best friend Steve about the music so he can save her, or Eddie getting ready for a concert at the Upside Down is unknown, but maybe she’s just doing it herself.
4. Will Byers is gay.
The long-debated topic of Will’s sexuality seems to be getting answers soon.
Everyone on the show has some romantic interest and has made their sexuality known, but the only one who hasn’t is Will.
Aside from the many off-screen interviews in which the actors have hinted at the character’s sexuality, the show seems headed for a reveal pretty soon.
When Will and Mike had this heart to heart after escaping from these soldiers, he seemed to be struggling with an internal conflict that he wanted to tell Mike about.
“Sometimes I think it’s just scary to open up like that, to say how you really feel, especially to the people you care about most,” Will tells his friend, “because what if they don’t tell the truth.” to like?”
Fans believe he’s in love with Mike and are debating whether or not to reveal this sensitive information to him – it could also be the reason why he got mad at Eleven in a previous episode.
They also point out that Will did a project on Alan Turing at the beginning of the first episode.
Turing was a World War II code-breaker who was charged with gross indecency after being caught having a sexual relationship with another man.
5. Eddie was in the same experiment as Eleven.
The introduction of a new character, especially one with very interesting backstories like Eddie, means people will analyze every little thing that character says or does.
When Eddie said “my hair was buzzing,” sirens started wailing in everyone’s heads as they had a flashback to Eleven’s hair buzzing when they first met her after she escaped the Hawkins lab.
After digging a little deeper, fans realized they didn’t actually see a clip of 010 dying in the lab when 001 (aka Vecna aka Henry Creel) killed all test subjects except Eleven.
So fans think he might still be alive and passing Eddie now.
6. Will is the Mind Flayer.
This theory is a little complex, but makes a lot of sense when you look at the bigger picture.
Season 5 has been confirmed to be the final season of Stranger Things, and with season 4’s big bad being Vecna, fans are believing the last monster the gang needs to kill once and for all is indeed who will be the Mind Flayer – that would bring the circle back to season one.
And who is the Mind Flayer really, you ask? Will.
“My guess is that Mind Flayer is actually the opposite of Will,” says someone on Reddit.
The Upside Down seems stuck on the day Will first went missing, and although Will was once possessed by monsters, he is one of the few victims to have escaped the Upside Down.
“An Upside Down version of Will is Upside Down’s dungeon master,” said someone else, making a D&D nod and linking the monsters in Upside Down to the game all kids play.
The Upside Down appears to have sprung from Will’s imagination after years of playing D&D.
7. Steve will die.
The past will always catch up with you somehow. If it happened to Jaime Lannister, it will happen to Steve.
Redemption arcs usually end in tragic death, and it seems like fans believe Steve will fall victim to the TV/movie trope.
They make these characters so likable only to break your heart by killing them in the end.
Stranger Things Season 4 Part One seems to build on many moments between Nancy and Steve, but now that Nancy has been kidnapped, Steve has been tasked with the ultimate quest for redemption – saving the girl he loves by saving himself himself sacrifices.
8. Erica will be the one to kill Vecna.
Everything always returns to Dungeons and Dragons, the game that the kids love to play and always seem to be connected to what’s happening with Upside Down and all the monsters.
Someone on TikTok posted their theory about what happened in season 4, claiming that Erica would be the one who will kill Vecna.
In the first season, when the boys were playing D&D, Will said the Demogorgon got him, and then it really was. When Erica defeated Vecna during her D&D campaign in Season 4, they think that means she’s really going to be the one who needs to be killed for him on the show.
Not only that, in the trailer for part two it looked like Erica would be in Upside Down, so if she’s not really the one to deliver the final blow, at least she’ll have a major role.
Whatever happens in the second part of Stranger Things season 4, it’s good to see that fans are as creative as ever when it comes to coming up with ideas for what’s next.
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