If you stuck around after the credits of the seventh episode of Stranger Things season 4, you were in for a treat: your first look at Stranger Things season 4 volume 2.
As any Hawkins devotee knows by now, the fourth season of the Netflix hit was split, with the first batch of episodes dropping on the streamer on Friday, May 27. Luckily, fans won't have to wait too long to see what happens with old favorites like Eleven, charming newcomers like Eddie Munson and if The Party and their pals manage to take down this season's supervillain, Vecna.
Here's what we know about Stranger Things season 4 volume 2.
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"It's over Eleven," Vecna's menacing voice can be heard in the teaser trailer for the season four finale. "You have freed me. You can't stop this now."
The trailer features clips of an armored-up Dustin ready for a fight, Jim Hopper coming face-to-face with some seemingly pickled Demogorgons, Steve and Nancy stuck in the Upside Down, a massive explosion and more.
Fans are particularly worried about the characters' fate, and that's exactly how the Duffer brothers want you to feel. Matt and Ross, the creators of the show, made no bones about upping the scare factor.
"You're feeling a little bit unsettled and unsafe for everybody, and all I'll say is, that's great. You should. That's the intention," Matt told Entertainment Weekly. "We wanted the whole season to feel like everybody is in jeopardy."
When does 'Stranger Things' season 4 volume 2 come out?
Stranger Things season 4 volume 2 will be available to stream on Netflix starting on Friday, July 1 at midnight PDT. (That's 3am EDT or 8am BST). There is a five-week gap between volumes one and two.
How many episodes in 'Stranger Things' season 4 volume 2?
Season 4 volume 1 consisted of seven supersized episodes of Stranger Things. Volume 2 will only feature two eps, but like their predecessors, they will be longer than usual.
The eighth episode will be titled "Papa" and will boast a running time of 85 minutes. The grand finale, entitled "The Piggyback," will be properly feature-length at two-and-a-half hours.
According to the Duffer brothers' talks with Collider, they didn't necessarily intend for the new episodes to be so crazy long...it's just the way things unfolded in the Upside Down.
"We went to Netflix and said, 'Hey, are you okay if we do one more episode?', and luckily they were very supportive of that, but that's how we ended up with that extra episode. But it was not originally planned that way. It wasn't outlined that way. It was always going to be eight. And then it just ended up being too much story," they told the publication.
And regarding those rumors that those episodes would be the sci-fi series' last, fear not: Stranger Things season 5 is a go!
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What happens in 'Stranger Things' season 4 volume 2?
Knowing the twists and turns that the Stranger Things crew usually puts us through, we can't entirely be sure, but we do know where we left our favorite Hawkins residents back in the last episode of volume one.
Eleven is still in the midst of The Nina Project that Dr. Brenner is conducting at the lab, having unlocked memories about her connection to Vecna and who he really is. Eddie and Robin made it out of the Upside Down thanks to Dustin & Co's help, but Steve and Nancy are still stuck in the dangerous dimension. And Hopper, Joyce and Murray have reunited in Russia but are far from in the clear, with a Demogorgon on the loose.
Volume two will reportedly not only clear up these cliffhangers but also set the scene for the upcoming fifth season. "There's no question that season 4 is built as a prelude to and springboard for the fifth and final season," Shawn Levy, the executive producer and a director of the show, told Entertainment Weekly.
"When you watch Volume II, you'll know what I'm talking about. And I'll just tell you, as great as Volume I is, Volume II is extraordinary," Levy said, "I can't wait for the world to react to Volume I, knowing that they have such rich episodes to come in just over a month."
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