How Stranger Things Season 4 Spoiled Max’s Big Final Moment

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Before part one of season four even dropped, Weird stuff co-creator Ross Duffer said: IGN that Max is the “emotional centerpiece of the season”. But even that feels like he underestimated it a bit.

When part one finally arrived, everyone could only talk about Max’s two-pronged battle with Vecna ​​and her own depression, which culminated in a massive showdown on Kate Bush’s most haunting song.

Max’s struggles, both internal and external, resonate more than anything else Weird stuff has ever achieved. Because while all these strange, scary things keep happening around her, it’s Max’s pain and her drive to keep fighting despite that pain that anchors the whole story, heart and soul.

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That is, it has now become impossible to imagine this show without Max. But for a few short minutes that’s exactly the future Weird stuff wants you to believe it is unfolding before your eyes.

In the final episode of season four, Max decides to offer herself as bait so she can distract Vecna ​​long enough for the others to kill his physical body in the real world. But he doesn’t buy it, not at first. So Max talks about her brother Billy and the dark places his abuse once took her to.

“Billy made my life hell, every chance he got. So sometimes when I lay in bed at night, I prayed that something would happen to him, something terrible… I wanted him out of my life forever. I wanted to make him disappear.”

But when Max finally got her wish, when Billy actually died, it plunged her into an even darker place.

“I’ve tried to forgive myself. I’ve tried, but I can’t. So now, when I’m in bed at night, I pray that something will happen to me. That something terrible will happen to me. “So that’s why I’m here. Because I just want you to take me and I want you to make me disappear.”

Lucas reacts badly, but it’s not really Lucas. Because when Max opened up, Vecna ​​squeezed her way into that opening to grab her mind. And this time even Kate Bush can’t save her, not with her cassette player broken.

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Eleven also fails, leaving Max completely vulnerable to Vecna’s power. And then it happens. The only thing this whole season has led to.

First Max floats in the air again, as she did once before. But this time she is not saved. Suddenly snap a limb. And then another. The blood pours from Max’s eyes as Vecna ​​finally sacrifices her to break the barrier between worlds.

Although the creators teased that at least one death was at stake, we never imagined that Max would be the one to follow in her brother’s footsteps. As mentioned, she is the “emotional centerpiece of the season”. And what’s a show without that?

“I’m so scared”, Max shouts. “I’m so scared, I don’t want to die. I’m not ready yet.” And it turns out that the writers weren’t ready either because Eleven comes in at that moment with the words: “No, you’re not going”. Memories the pair share then flood into Elf’s mind before the screen goes black.

Two days, and a lot of reunions later, we finally learn that Max survived after all. Yeah, sort of. “She died,” Lucas reveals. “I mean, clinically. But then she came back. Doctors don’t know how. They say it’s a miracle.’

A miracle indeed! Although our initial relief at seeing Max’s survival soon gave way to disappointment. Because yes, Max has become the heart and soul of this show, but bringing her back so easily really undermines the impact of her “final” moments, not to mention Sadie Sink’s stunning, award-worthy performance.

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By going this route, the writers really had their pie and ate it too, as Max had to “die” for Vecna’s plan to unfold — raising the stakes more than ever — but they couldn’t either. risk losing a fan-favorite for the final season.

There’s a moment when Lucas suggests that Max might never wake up again, although we all know that’s not true. As much as the writers would like us to think this situation is hopeless, it’s painfully clear that Max will be back in action for season five.

You could argue that none of this matters as the stakes have been raised by other deaths during these last two episodes, but none of them have had the same impact as Max’s demise.

It always seemed likely that Dr. Brenner would choke on it this time, and we predicted Eddie would die too, because it’s much easier to kill a newbie than one of the core gang. And then there’s that pesky jock whose death is barely registered with us, to the point where we couldn’t even be bothered to Google his name for this piece.

Killing Max for real would have been a real game changing moment for Weird stuff, one that could have overshadowed even her big Kate Bush moment. But instead, it all falls flat thanks to the show’s dastardly backtracking.

Let’s hope the plot armor comes out for at least some of the core gang in this final season ahead. Because now that the end is near, perhaps even the “emotional midpoint of the season” could be in jeopardy. And the show would be much better for it.

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