The Duffer Brothers Say We Should All Expect a Dark Stranger Things Season 4 Finale – IGN
Stranger Things already got pretty dark in Season 4, but the show’s creators say it’s about to get even darker. During an interview with Empire Magazine, the Duffer Brothers said: “don’t say we didn’t warn you” about the upcoming season finale.
“I don’t really want to say, but I would be concerned about the characters going into Volume 2, for sure,” said Ross Duffer. “I hope that that is sort of the sense, because it is a darker season and the kids are no longer kids. And there’s sort of an ominous feeling that things might not go well. Now, whether they do or not, you’ll have to watch.”
Season 4 of Stranger Things has certainly leaned into the show’s horror roots. Now that Will Byers, Mike Wheeler, and the rest of the gang are growing up, the hit Netflix show has begun channeling ‘80s horror classics such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and Hellraiser. But going into the season finale, it sounds as though nobody is safe.
Of course, the Duffer Brothers have teased a sticky ending for some of our favorite Stranger Things characters already, with hints that their plans to take on Vecna may not work out as they plan.
“One of our favorite things in horror films is seeing our protagonists be proactive,” said Ross. “You know in The Lost Boys when they decide to go after the vampires? It’s fun to see people come up with a plan and try to outsmart the villain. That’s what Volume 2 is about. But of course, not everything goes to plan…”
If the recent trailer is anything to go by, it looks as though Stranger Things Season 4 is heading for quite the explosive ending… and at least one death.
“You can expect from volume two, we’ve got some deaths coming,” said Will Byers himself, Noah Schnapp, in an interview on The Tonight Show. But who it will be remains to be seen.
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