SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers for Season 4, Volume 2.
The new season of Stranger Things answered many burning questions while presenting even more ahead of its final season. It consisted of only two episodes but they clocked in at four hours. Let's talk about the season 4 ending.
As we know Eleven defeated Vecna but it was too late. After this happened, there is an earthquake in Hawkins, and the four portals to the Upside Down are extended into town, at a crossroads, destroying much of the town. Later Eleven, Mike, Will and Jonathon make it back to Hawkins and everyone is reunited.
As the season finale ends Will is the first to notice something is wrong. He tells Mike that now that they are back in town, he can feel that Vecna is not dead, he’s just badly injured. While everyone is reuniting, Will reaches for the back of his neck, a move he made many times when he was controlled by the Mind Flayer, as he turns to see the sky darken.
Across Hawkins, there is a colliding of two universes, and the bizarre ash from the Upside Down is now appearing in Hawkins. Smoke and lightning appear above the portals downtown. The Upside Down particles shift the green grass and flowers of Hawkins into black-and-white. And the season ends with everyone staring at the town.
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Vecna planned to reshape the world which has already begun. Hawkins is very quickly becoming the Upside Down. It's clear that Will still has some sort of connection to it. It feels like he will be the key to undoing this merger between the two worlds considering he's been connected to the Upside Down. Stranger Things season 4 ended with events moving to a scale never seen before. Now, though, the Upside Down is invading Hawkins, Vecna clearly intends to move on from there to wipe out humanity.
The Duffer Brothers have teased that there would be a time jump in season 5, so we could be seeing a very different Hawkins than the one we left. The only thing we know for sure is that Stranger Things 5 will be the show's final outing.
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