Stranger Things 4 – Volume 2 ending explained
Literally and figuratively, season 4 of stranger things is his greatest adventure to date. In the first seven episodes of the season, we hopped across multiple continents and multiple dimensions, while each episode was at least 70 minutes long. These final two episodes have a combined running time of nearly four hours, making for a simply epic experience. As has been the trend with the series, these final episodes have somewhat definitively answered some of our questions, while leaving room for interpretation and teases of what the future might hold. stranger things Season 4 – Volume 2 is now streaming on Netflix.
WARNING: Spoilers below for Stranger Things Season 4 – Volume 2
As Vecna had captured Nancy (Natalia Dyer) in his Mind Lair in the last episode, he allows her to escape to inform her friends of her plan. Nancy, along with Steve (Joe Keery), Robin (Maya Hawke), Eddie (Joseph Quinn), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Max (Sadie Sink) Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Erica (Priah Ferguson) realize that just like how Max became paralyzed when she was taken to her Mind Lair, this also leaves her physical form helpless. Knowing that they can essentially attack him while he’s incapacitated, they gather weapons and head to the otherworldly dimension.
After learning that she is responsible for banishing One (Jamie Campbell Bower) to the Upside Down and transforming her into Vecna, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) manages to rekindle her telekinetic abilities. This encounter also leads Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) to reveal that his whole plan was to use Eleven to contact One in the Upside Down, though this also happens when the army arrives at the installation in the desert, resulting in Brenner’s death as Eleven uses her telekinetic abilities to overpower her attackers. Fortunately, Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Will (Noah Schnapp), Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) and Argyle (Eduardo Franco) arrive to get her out of the situation.
Using her powers, Eleven discovers that Max realizes she is the final victim Vecna is looking to open a massive gateway between the Upside Down and Hawkins, and, given that she is thousands of miles away , creates an impromptu isolation tank to project back. where Max uses bait. Max’s plan works, to some degree, though Nancy, Steve, and Robin are incapacitated by treacherous vines in the Upside Down, while Dustin and Eddie are attacked by demobats. Eddie helps Dustin escape by knocking the Bats away from him, though he gains fatal wounds while doing so.
Despite Eleven’s best efforts, Vecna confronts her and reveals that he connected with the Mind Flayer in the Upside Down years ago, that connection having resulted in a grand plan to bring the Dark Realm into the dark realm. unsuspecting town in Indiana. Although the nature of their symbiosis is not fully detailed, both Vecna and the Mind Flayer used each other’s powers to some degree to orchestrate their master plan.
With Eleven and Max in Vecna’s clutches, Mike appeals to Eleven in the real world, professing his love for her, which inspires him to master Vecna and break free. In doing so, she overpowers him in the Mind Lair, which then frees Nancy, Steve, and Robin, allowing them to unleash shotgun blasts on Vecna’s physical form before setting her on fire. Unfortunately, Max inadvertently left herself vulnerable during the encounter, as she gains broken limbs before succumbing to an unresponsive coma.
Throughout it all, Joyce (Winona Ryder), Hopper (David Harbour), and Murray (Brett Gelman) manage to briefly defeat a demogorgon in Russia, though this comes with the revelation that the prison holding Hopper captive was home to also a number of other demogorgons and demochians. Although they could potentially escape and save themselves, they choose to return to the facility to kill the deadly threats, eventually taking them all out using guns, flamethrowers, and swords.
Even though Vecna has seemingly been physically defeated, he still manages to carry out his plan, as violent and fiery rifts open in Hawkins and cause immense damage to the city. As all of our heroes descend on Hawkins, local authorities claim the event was a major earthquake, while some in the community still claim it was the result of satanic cults in the area. The final moments of the season finale show eerie ash falling from the sky, with the characters discovering a spread of death and decay mirroring the Upside Down in the nearby prairie. As they look out over the city, they see mysterious smoke and flames, confirming that Vecna has succeeded in their plans. While most of his friends are seemingly relieved by Vecna’s defeat, Will feels a shiver down his neck, confirming that he can still feel his existence, hinting at the villain’s return in a nightmarish Hawkins for Season 5.
stranger things Season 4 – Volume 2 is now streaming on Netflix.
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