From kisses to I love you’s, here are the emotional moments from the season 4 finale of ‘Stranger Things’ that were improvised by the cast.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article contains spoilers for Stranger Things Season 4, Part 2.
Making a movie or television series is a collaborative process with the writers who make the story on the page, directors who bring that vision to the screen, and actors who bring the characters to life. A massive production in terms of both scale and story, Netflix’s flagship sci-fi series Weird stuff follows that same collaborative nature, with the cast and crew bouncing off each other to create the final product we see on screen.
Part 2 of Stranger Stuff hit the streamer on July 1, delivering the epic, four-hour conclusion to the highly anticipated fourth season. After the release of the final, Stranger Stuff writers took to Twitter to share which moments from the incredibly emotional episodes were improvised by their talented cast. First, they wasted no time breaking all our hearts by revealing that Eddie’s (Joseph Quinn) last words to Dustin (holes Matarazzo) – “I love you, man” – came from Quinn. Shortly after the writer’s account tweeted another improv, which revealed that Lucas’ desperate, heartbreaking wail of “Erica, help” was all Caleb McLaughlin† I don’t know about you, but these two lines from Quinn and McLaughlin definitely brought me to tears.
finally, the Weird stuff writers revealed another divine moment of spontaneity from the cast. On paper, Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper (David Port) were only meant to have their one “big fucking kiss”, but Ryder and Harbor decided to add the second, more tender moment of intimacy the day they filmed the scene. Joyce has horrific flashbacks to the loss of Bob (sean Astin), but Hopper assures her that this time will be different with a newfound reason to be written all over his face.
Each of these moments carries an incredible amount of emotional weight through the Weird stuff finale, tailoring the story to something devastating and beautiful. It also showcases the absolutely spectacular instincts of the impressive ensemble cast. Eddie’s death hurts at least twice as much as it would without him taking his last breath to tell Dustin he loved him. Lucas’ pain as Max lies dying in his arms is made all the more heartbreaking by the unbridled pain in McLaughlin’s voice as he calls out for help in vain. And Joyce and Hopper’s well-deserved romance wouldn’t have had the same level of lived-in emotion and nuance if Ryder and Harbor hadn’t leaned into the realism of Hopper taking one last moment to kiss the woman he loves before falling into another. harrowing dance plunges with death.
Weird stuff Season 4 Volume 2 is now available on Netflix and you can check out the writers’ tweets below.