More Twists, More Horror, More Emotion: Stranger Things 4 Is The Best Yet

If you’re a fan of the Netflix series Stranger Things, I have no doubt you will have binged the entire thing by now. I definitely have.

This show gets better and better by the season, I don’t know how they do it. The storyline was a stroke of genius, as it revealed so much more of the upside down while developing the characters as they grew older. The cinematography and editing also made it really pleasing to watch, as we entered a much darker era.

The Storyline

The series is split into three storylines and three groups: Eleven, Will, Jonathan, Mike, and newbie Argyle in California, Dustin, Max, Lucas, Steve, Nancy and newbie Eddie in Hawkins, and Joyce, Murray and Hopper in Russia. As the series progresses we get another arc of Eleven with her ‘papa’. 

It’s the first time we’ve seen the characters split up like this and it worked in the show’s favour. For me, Hawkins stole the show. The dynamics in the group had me laughing, crying and everything in between. Special mention of course goes to Dustin and Steve’s bromance. 

Newbies

This series welcomed a few new characters to the world of Hawkins, and the fans are loving them. The first new character to be introduced is newest fan favourite, Eddie Munson, played by Joseph Quinn. Despite his scary-ish dungeon master exterior, he’s actually really sweet.

We also have the introduction of Jason the jock, who’s not so sweet, and Argyle (Jonathan’s pothead friend) who provides some laughs within the California storyline. There’s Enzo, the corrupt prison guard helping Hopper in Russia, and we get to finally see more of Dustin’s girlfriend Suzie (and her sister). The new characters fit into the story really well, gelling with the originals. Even if some of the originals are no longer as likeable (I’m looking at you Mike).

Relationships and romance 

If there’s one thing series 4 does have, it’s a whole load of romance, which really works well as it brings a bit of light to an otherwise dark story. We see Max and Lucas potentially re-kindling what they had in previous seasons, as well as what’s looking like a Steve and Nancy comeback after her relationship with Jonathan doesn’t seem to be working out. Eleven and Mike were separated for a lot of this season so I’m hoping we’ll see more of them in the part two, along with Mike finally telling her he loves her (we hope). Fans even shipped Chrissy and Eddie, if only she made it past the first episode.

That iconic episode

The highest rated and most talked about episode of the series, Dear Billy, deserves it’s own mention. Not only was it the best acting I have seen in a long time, coming from Sadie Sink, it also had brilliant visuals and I was holding my breath right until Max escaped Vecna. And as a bonus, it got Gen Z obsessed with Kate Bush. Win, win. 

The twists

Speaking of Vecna, the final episode was mind-blowing. We found out who Vecna really was and his shocking back story. They answered a lot of questions fans have had since season one like how Will controlled the lights from the upside down and what really happened to Eleven when she was captured. The final twenty minutes where everything was unravelled was incredible and I was on the edge of my seat, watching every dot be connected. I have no idea how they’re going to top this in part two, but I’m ready.

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Hi, my name is Maddy and I'm a journalism student at the University of Sheffield. My main interests are lifestyle, fashion, arts, culture and entertainment. I'm also the former fashion editor and current editor in chief of Liberty Belle Magazine. I'm a wannabe Carrie Bradshaw and you'll most likely find me either reading, shopping, watching films or at a cocktail bar.