[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Stranger Things, Season 4, Episode 7, “Chapter 7: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab.”]
One of many largest challenges confronted by any storyteller, not simply the oldsters behind Netflix’s Stranger Issues is the way to construction your reveals: Delay issues too lengthy and with out sufficient clarification, and the viewer will get pissed off. Inform all too early, or drop one too many clues, and also you’ll simply annoy individuals. However whereas there are a number of secrets and techniques on the heart of Stranger Issues Season 4, Quantity 1 (as we’re referring to the primary seven episodes launched over Memorial Day weekend), one of the crucial thrilling elements of the season is the truth that there’s one reply which unites almost all of them.
Season 4 of the Netflix hit splits up into largely 4 narratives: First, Nancy, Steve, Dustin, and the remainder of the Hawkins gang examine the unusual deaths of their classmates by the hands of a mysterious demonic presence they dub Vecna, after a D&D monster they handle to slay within the first episode. In the meantime, Mike, Jonathan, Will, and new pal Argyle (Eduardo Franco) go on the run after one of many authorities’s nastier black-ops divisions decides to go after them in quest of Eleven, as Eleven herself goes on a deep dive into her previous with some assist from the person she one known as Papa, Dr. Martin Brenner.
And sure, there’s additionally Hopper hanging out in Russian jail, with Joyce and Murray doing their finest to rescue him — maybe the least related to the opposite storylines, besides that in fact he and his fellow Russian prisoners discover themselves battling a Demogorgon, gladiator-style. (Stranger Issues Season 4 comes by its almost 9 hours of screentime actually; there’s a lot happening.)
Whereas all 4 storylines really feel comparatively cut up aside at first, it seems that two of them — the Nancy-led investigation into Vecna’s victims and Eleven’s personal quest for solutions — are literally two sides of the identical coin, because the present slowly however absolutely reveals the disturbing fact behind the Creel murders of years in the past: That they had been orchestrated by younger Henry Creel, whose enhanced skills led to Dr. Brenner deciding on him as his first take a look at topic: The notorious #1.
And that brings us to Eleven’s journeys again into her personal previous, because it’s revealed that the identical orderly who befriended Eleven within the facility previous to the titular bloodbath of Chapter 7 was actually Henry/#1, all grown up and residing with a power-dampening gadget in his neck. When Eleven removes the gadget, Henry/#1 goes on the rampage we noticed from Dr. Brenner’s perspective in Episode 1 of the season — and within the aftermath, the 2 battle it out, with Eleven proving to be robust sufficient to not simply cease him, however blast him into a complete new hell dimension, his flesh flaying away to disclose the demon we now know as Vecna.