Even though we only have seven episodes on Netflix, season four of Stranger Things is the standout of the series.
Fans feel that some of the pressing questions we’ve had over the years are finally being answered, as all the stories of the past few seasons have formed a large and complex myth.
However, more questions follow as the story continues, and fans haven’t gotten the full season to unravel all the information they have.
The final installment of the hit show hits Netflix on July 1 with two episodes. The eighth episode will be an hour long, while the ninth episode will be 2 hours and 30 minutes long.
That means there’s still a lot that could happen and what fans think they might know.
Here are 8 theories fans have come up with for Stranger Things Season 4 Part 2.
1. Eddie Munson will save Nancy from Upside Down.
Someone on Reddit pointed out how, in the original trailer for Season 4 of Stranger Things, Eddie played guitar and set up a bunch of speakers on top of his trailer in Upside Down.
“It appears he has a bunch of amps set up, so he wants this music to be very loud,” they wrote.
“What if Vecna evolves to kill multiple people at once, and leave those people in a trance. Eddie is playing this music to them all to save them.”
Of course, the song has to mean something to everyone he’s trying to save, so Reddit theorists hyped the stars and stripes, Eddie Van Halen, and more details, but Eddie Munson might just be trying to save Nancy or destroying Wickner with music because we’re sure Mike’s sister is already under Wickner’s control.
2. Steve proves he still loves Nancy by saving her.
Not so fast, Eddie, because Steve Harrington is actually going to be the one who saves Nancy. Or at least that’s what some fans think.
Steve’s redemption arc since season one has to be one of the best modern TV redemption arcs I’ve seen in a while.
It’s not easy going from someone everyone hates to someone who is loved in the most heroic and healthful way by all who are no longer children.
That’s because it’s not, at least, not in his love life.
After being mildly rejected by Robin Buckley, Steve’s love life seems to be in trouble — unless it’s upside down.
Fans think Steve still loves Nancy, and to prove his love to her, he’ll save her by singing the same song he sang to her in season one.
3. Robin might also play a role in Nancy’s rescue, possibly saving herself.
When Robin is searching Nancy’s room, she finds some music tapes, which may contain her favorite songs, and plays them to rescue her from her trance.
Whether she told her now-best friend Steve about the music so he could save her or Eddie, who was preparing for the concert in “Upside Down,” is unknown, but she probably just did it herself.
4. Will Byers is gay.
The long-debated topic of Will’s sexuality appears to be getting some answers soon.
Everyone on the show has some sort of romantic interest and is open about their sexuality, but the only one that doesn’t is Will.
Aside from the many off-screen interviews in which the cast hints at the characters’ sexual orientation, the show appears to be revealing soon.
When Will and Mike are in love after fleeing those soldiers, he seems to be grappling with an internal conflict he wants to tell Mike.
“Sometimes I find it really scary to open up like this and say how you really feel, especially to the people you care about the most,” Will told his friend, “because what if they don’t like the truth?”
Fans think he’s in love with Mike and are debating whether he should reveal this sensitive information to him – which may also be why he was seen angry at Eleven in the previous episode.
They also pointed out that Will was working on a project about Alan Turing at the start of the first episode.
Turing, a World War II codebreaker, has been charged with gross indecency after he was found having sex with another man.
5. Eddie and Eleven were in the same experiment.
Bringing in a new character, especially one with a very interesting backstory like Eddie, means people will dissect every little thing that character says or does.
Alarms started going off in everyone’s head when Eddie said “my hair is buzzing” as they recalled Eleven’s hair when they first saw her after she escaped from Hawkins’ lab humming.
After digging deeper, fans discovered that when 001 (aka Vecna aka Henry Creel) killed all but 11 of the test subjects, they didn’t actually see the footage of 010 dying in the lab.
So fans believe he may still be alive and is being taken by Eddie now.
6. Will is a mind flayer.
The theory is a bit complicated, but it makes a lot of sense when you look at the big picture.
It’s been confirmed that season five will be the final season of Stranger Things, and the biggest bad thing about season four is Vecna, the last monster that fans think the gang kills once and for all is actually a mind flayer – which will put everything All brought back to the first season.
Who is the mind flayer, you ask? will.
“My guess is that Mind Flayer is actually Will’s Upside Down counterpart,” said someone on Reddit.
Upside Down appears to be stuck on the day Will first disappears, and despite Will being possessed by a monster, he is one of the only victims to escape Upside Down.
“Will’s version of Upside Down is Upside Down’s dungeon master,” others said, referencing D&D and linking the monsters in Upside Down to a game all kids play.
The Upside Down seems to have been created in Will’s imagination after years of playing D&D.
7. Steve is dying.
The past will always catch up with you in one way or another. If it happened to Jaime Lannister, it happened to Steve.
Redemption arcs usually end in tragic deaths, and it seems that fans thought Steve would fall victim to the TV/movie trope.
They made these characters so endearing but ended up killing them and breaking your heart.
Stranger Things Season 4 Part 1 seems to build on many moments between Nancy and Steve, but now that Nancy has been taken away, Steve’s task is to finally seek redemption – by sacrificing himself to save the girl he loves.
8. Erica will be the one who killed Vecna.
Everything always goes back to Dungeons & Dragons, the game kids love to play that always seems to be tied to the upside-down and all the monsters that happen.
Someone on TikTok posted their theory about what happened in season four and claimed that Erica would be the one who killed Vecna.
In season 1, when the boys were playing D&D, Will said Demogorgon got him, and then it really did, so when Erica beat Vecna in the D&D battle in season 4, they thought it meant she really would Be the one who killed him. He’s on the show.
Not only that, but in the trailer for the second part, Erica looks like she’s in the upside-down, so if she’s not actually the one doing the final blow, at least she’s playing a big part.
Whatever happens with the second part of Stranger Things season four, it’s great to see fans as creative as ever when it comes to coming up with ideas for what’s next.
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