For a character that was planned to meet his maker in the first season, Steve Harrington’s Stranger Things run has been pretty eventful and much longer than expected. However, whether he will make it beyond the end of Season 4 is something that the Duffer Brothers are happy to tease may not happen – something they have said about all of the much-loved characters in the show. Although there have been a number of deaths in Stranger Things across its four seasons, there has so far been no major characters killed off. The question is, will that still be true when the season finale rolls out in a couple of weeks.
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The latest season of Stranger Things has once again upped the ante when it comes to the terror and jeopardy facing the cast of regulars and the residents of Hawkins, Indiana. With the stakes raising as the season has gone on, we have already seen Steve almost killed by Demobats, and with Nancy now trapped in the Upside-Down with Vecna, will Steve’s clear love for her lead to him making an ultimate sacrifice. The Duffers are not saying, but they did tell TVLine that fans should be worried, for everyone.
Matt: Everybody’s always worried about Steve. I love it. We always have to beat Steve up somehow, so certainly the Demobats have done that job pretty well already this season.
Ross: “It feels wrong to say ‘excited,’ but I’m excited that people are concerned. And they should be concerned going into the final two episodes [of Season 4] — for everybody.
Stranger Things Is Building to Its Climactic Final Season
From season 1, Stranger Things has never jumped the gun when it comes to its pacing and growth, having developed bigger and badder villains, larger stories and expanded character arcs as the seasons have progressed. While always bordering on the horrific, the first seasons took their lead from 80s movies such as Ghostbusters and The Goonies. However, now as it heads towards a dark and disturbing end, the series has progressed into more horror-orientated areas.
With hints of A Nightmare on Elm Street about it, season 4 has pulled out all the stops when it comes to its special effects, which reportedly cost around $30 million an episode, and with the season finale teased to contain more effects than the episodes aired so far, it is going to be something special.
That leaves the question of what is next for Stranger Things. With one more season to go, there seems to be no way for the Duffer Brothers to escalate the action and the horror any further than they have already, but with all involved teasing a satisfying and beautiful conclusion to the series coming in the next couple of years it is going to be a long wait from July 1 to that final season’s premiere. In the meantime, fans have been passing the time by revisiting the first three seasons of the show on Netflix, bring them all back into the streamer’s top five most watched properties of the last few weeks.