Prior to Strange thingsThe long-awaited return with season 4, Natalia Dyer teased ET that everyone was in "real, real danger." And now that the episodes are streaming on Netflix, we know she wasn't lying.
As the gang faces danger on multiple fronts, back in Hawkins, Indiana, Max (Sadie Sink) is still reeling from the death of her stepbrother Billy (Dacre Montgomery) and suddenly finds herself a target of the Upside Down. . And for Max, things come to a head in episode four, "Chapter Four: Dear Billy," as she confronts the last days of her life.
"Max's journey this season really is a lot because he's in a lot of pain and grieving," says Sink, referring to the fact that since episode one, Max has become despondent after Billy's death at the Starcourt Mall.
As a result, he has become what Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) calls a "ghost" and has isolated himself from his group of friends. The only solace he seems to have is Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill," a song he listens to repeatedly on his headphones. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp43OdtAAkM[/embed]
“He's having all these really dark thoughts that he doesn't want anyone to know about,” says Sink. “And then all of a sudden the thing he most wants to hide is what this villain is feeding on.”
That villain he's referring to is Vecna, aka the "Eternal King," who has been hunting down the residents of Hawkins all season, killing first Chrissy (Grace Van Dien) and then Fred (Logan Riley Bruner). .
After realizing that both Chrissy and Fred were cursed by Vecna and began having visions before they died, Max realizes that it's only a matter of time before the same thing happens to him. Unwilling to sit back and wait for Vecna to come after her, she writes a bunch of letters to her family, says a moving goodbye to her mother, and visits Billy's grave one last time.
“So much has happened since you left. Your father was a total mess. He and my mom started getting into fights. Bad fights. I don't think he could stand being here with you. So he left. And he didn't leave mom much. She took an extra job, and we moved into that beautiful Kerley trailer park. Basically, ever since you left, everything has been a total mess. And the worst thing is that I can't tell anyone what's going on,” Max says out loud, as he reads the letter he wrote to his stepbrother.
“I can't tell them that you saved his life. That you saved my life. I replay that moment in my head all the time. And sometimes I imagine running towards you, away from you. I imagine if I had, you'd still be here. And everything would be fine again, ”she continues, increasingly emotional.
“I imagine we could have become friends. Good friends, like a real brother and sister. And I know that's stupid. you hated me I hated you. But I thought maybe we could try again. But that's not what happened. I stood there and watched,” she says. “For a while, I tried to be happy. Normal. But I think maybe a part of me also died that day. And I haven't told anyone this. I just can not. But I had to tell you. Before it is too late. If you can hear this, I really hope you can, sorry. I'm so sorry, Billy. Love your little fucking sister."
As soon as she's done, Vecna makes her move and pushes her into the Upside Down. However, all Caleb, Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), and Steve (Joe Keery) can see is his possessed body being lifted into the air. With Billy's ghost trying to suck her deeper into the Upside Down, her three friends desperately try to bring her back to the world of the living. And that's when Dusin gets the idea to play “Running Up That Hill” until she can find her way back.
"Kate Bush saved his life," says Sink, noting that Max is now "in a very vulnerable position."
Despite escaping from Vecna that time, she is still very much haunted by his presence, continuing to fall back on Bush's 1985 single to keep herself safe. At least until the gang figures out how to beat Vecna once and for all.
"There's a lot of supernatural and crazy elements going on," Hawke previously told ET of the increased dangers in Hawkins. But none of that takes away from "their relationships, their real lives and feelings and emotions," with what Max is going through as an example of how the series keeps each character's journey grounded.
Also making season 4 feel even bigger is the fact that with everything going on with Max in Hawkins, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Will (Noah Schnapp), Mike (Finn Wolfhard) are in California fending off their own dangers as Joyce (Winona Ryder) travels to Russia to save Jim (David Harbour).
"Having these very different locations to follow throughout the season is never something we've done before," says Sink, who feels that the first few episodes feel different thanks to "the distance between everyone."
She adds, "I think it makes it even more exciting."
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