The fact that we’ve waited for season 4 of Stranger Things for almost Three! Full! Years! made the first volume that much more satisfying to watch. I mean, did you seeeee the ending?! Thankfully, the much-awaited second volume is only 29 days and 10 hours away (yes, we are definitely counting), but until then, it’s time to get back into waiting mode.
Luckily, the waiting won’t be in vain because Shawn Levy, the show’s director, teased that there’s still lots more to come. “I’ll just tell you, as great as volume 1 is, volume 2 is extraordinary,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I can’t wait for the world to react to volume 1, knowing that they have such rich episodes to come in just over a month.”
So let’s breathe a collective sigh of relief that our fave show is coming back v soon, and in the meantime, we’ll get into every single thing there is to know about season 4 volume 2. Shall we? We shall!
So, when does volume 2 come out?
The second installment of Stranger Things season 4 comes out on July 1. Yep! So mark your calendars and prepare to binge!
How many episodes will volume 2 have?
The entire season is made up of nine episodes. Seven episodes premiered in the first volume on May 27, while volume 2 will have only two episodes that ultimately finish the story.
If you’re concerned about the episode split—it’s fine, we were too—not to worry! Just because there are fewer episodes in the second volume doesn’t mean they’re not filled to the brim with action. Episode 9, for example, is “a long movie”—like, we’re talking nearly 2.5 hours long, according to what producer Matt Duffer told The Wrap. Episode 8 has a run time of about 1 hour and 25 minutes.
How is the second volume different from the first?
Well, for one, Matt told EW that he thinks “the biggest thing that’s going to happen is [the show is] going to open up a little bit.” He continued, “Not necessarily in terms of scale, in terms of special effects, but open up in terms of allowing plotlines into areas outside of Hawkins.”
Some of the show’s actors are also getting major camera time in volume 2, like Sadie Sink, who plays Max. “This is, in many ways, an anthemic season for Max and Sadie Sink,” Levy revealed to EW. “The fourth episode, without giving anything away regarding later episodes in volume 2, is a centerpiece episode for Max.”
Levy also mentioned that there are a lot of feels in the final two episodes, so prepare to break out the Kleenex, bb. “There’s so much talk already about the scale and scope and run time of season 4, but I, for one, love the fact that it’s also huge in heart and that’s always been the actual superpower of this show,” he said to EW. “If it were only spectacle, it wouldn’t be a global phenomenon with characters that we root for with such emotionality and heart. As big and cinematic as season 4 has gotten, and it will get further in volume 2, it delivers on that heart.”
Have any plot spoilers leaked?
No explicit spoilers just yet, but in a new interview with Variety, Millie Bobby Brown did offer some tease-y hints about what’s coming for Eleven during volume 2.
“Going back to the Duffer Brothers, they created Eleven in such a dynamic way this season and really directed and wrote this heroine with layers and layers that we have to peel back,” she said when asked what she’s looking forward to viewers getting to see when the second installment of the season drops this summer. “These two episodes really give you an insight on this heroine coming to life and letting Eleven do what she needs to do in order to save her friends.”
Are there any trailers for it yet?
Netflix surprised us all by dropping a surprise trailer on June 22 that gives us a bigger look at to what to expect in part 2. It looks like someone was able to snap Nancy away from Vecna’s control, but things are just getting started in Hawkins.
Everyone is getting ready for war as Vecna gets ready for his big move. It looks like the Russian crew will stay put for a little while longer as they try to get rid of the Demogorgon for good. Back in Hawkins, some of the crew are dealing with things in the Upside Down, but others will be staying behind and heading over to Creel House. As for El and the California boys? Well, we got some glimpses of what they’re up to but not enough to figure out what to expect. See for yourself in the trailer below:
Netflix also released a special teaser just for part 2 as part of Geeked Week. It features Nancy, Steve, and Robin still in the Upside Down, Hopper staring at what might be a new monster, and even more scary moments that are definitely going to keep us at the edge of our seats. Check it out below:
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) June 9, 2022
What about photos?!
Netflix finally released some brand-new photos just from the second part of the season, and while they don’t reveal too much, it does look like all hands will be on deck for whatever Vecna has planned next. Hopefully, Mike’s face means they’ve caught up with El. Meanwhile, the Russia crew has to find a way back to America while the Hawkins crew prepares for a big battle.
here’s looking at you, july 1st. pic.twitter.com/A4zEDjFhPV
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) June 14, 2022
Okay, but is this the last season??
Not quite! But the sad news is that the show is indeed coming to an end with season 5. Luckily, we’re not there juuust yet, but if you’re already sad, Shawn does ease the wound a bit by leaving us with this: “Without giving anything away, everything happens for a reason on Stranger Things. It’s why we’re gonna end things after season 5 because it’s important to the [Duffer] brothers—and all of us who make the show with them—that we finish strong, stick the landing, and not tell one fragment of story more than has purpose. As you can see in season 4, we’re taking a lot of strands—strands of character, strands of plot, strands of mythology—and we are giving explanations and weaving those threads together.”
So don’t cry because it’s over—smile because we can always rewatch (and listen to the soundtrack)!
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