Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD for Volume 2 of stranger things Season 4 on Netflix.

The long-awaited fourth season of stranger things ended with the release of Volume 2, featuring two episodes with a combined running time of almost four hours. Despite an elaborate plan to destroy Vecna ​​for good with Eleven forcing her way into Max’s mind to try and save the day, the heroes suffered heavy losses at the end of the finale, including the death of Vecna. ‘Eddie. Actor Joseph Quinn joins the cast of season 4 and quickly became a fan favorite, and he spoke with CinemaBlend about his character’s tragic death…and why it was weird for him to film it with co-star Gaten Matarazzo.

Eddie died a hero, having performed an epic version of Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” on the Upside Down to drive the swarm of Demo-Bats away from Creel House. Instead of escaping to his version of Hawkins, he stayed behind to continue working as a diversion and ensure they stayed in the Upside Down rather than chasing Dustin through the door. Unfortunately, the Demo-Bats were only retired after he was fatally injured, and fans had to say goodbye to another character. They apparently should have been worried about Eddie instead of Steve!

And Eddie’s farewell to Dustin in Upside Down will go down as one of the fourth season’s tears, with a repeat of “I think this is my year” and an “I love you.” CinemaBlend spoke with Joseph Quinn about his work in Season 4, and he shared how the filming sequence made Eddie’s death scene “strange” for him and Gaten Matarazzo:

It was a little weird. We shot this at the end of a nighttime shooting sequence just before sunrise, so we only managed to get my coverage. And a month later, we shot the Gaten cover in the studio. So it was quite weird.

Even though Eddie’s death scene came across as completely consistent (and heartbreaking) in the finished Season 4 finale, it turns out Joseph Quinn and Gaten Matarazzo’s performances were filmed weeks away. apart. With such a climactic scene between these two characters filmed in two different locations and so much time between their performances, it’s no wonder it felt “weird” to film!

Shooting the scene this way technically meant that Quinn could have shot without Matarazzo, and Matarazzo without Quinn, so were they there for each other’s cover? The actor settled the question:

We are always there for each other.

Is it still heartbreaking that Eddie died alongside Dustin, as Season 4 spent nine episodes cementing their bond and how much they meant to each other? Absolutely, but it’s terribly nice to hear that the actors were “always there for each other.” If there’s a silver lining to Eddie’s death (aside from putting on the most metal gig ever with Metallica inside out before the Demo-Bats sank his teeth into him), it’s the Showcase of the bond with Dustin.

Joseph Quinn also talked about working with Gaten Matarazzo on the very sincere dynamic between their characters, with a mention of Joe Keery (who plays Steve). He said:

It was such a joy. Joe Keery and I constantly share stories about everything this guy does, because we’re so in love with him. And not just me and Joe, [but] we’re just lucky to have our characters written to have that kind of brotherly dynamic with him. So I think we see it in that light, maybe a little more than the others. He’s an extraordinarily gifted young man, and he’s also a great person. So I think being able to work with him as much as I do was such a gift.

Unfortunately, Eleven didn’t have a last-minute stoppage for Eddie like she did for Max (and it remains to be seen if Max can really be brought all the way back), so the Season 4 finale seems be the end of Eddie. and Dustin’s link on stranger things. Of course, season 3 briefly brought back Sean Astin after Bob’s death in season 2, and season 4 brought back Dacre Montgomery after Billy’s death in season 3, so it’s possible Joseph Quinn could reprise his role. for flashbacks or visions. We can always hope!

For now, fans can still revisit Eddie’s life — and death, if they’re willing to rewatch that particular scene — with the two volumes of stranger things (opens in a new tab) Season 4 streaming with a Netflix subscription now. It was an emotional race with a lot of tragedy, but the fans take comfort in one thingand the nine long episodes provide plenty of material to speculate on how long the hiatus will last before the fifth and final season.

Vecna ​​was hurt in the finale, but not defeated, so fans can probably expect to see more big baddies (including the look was enough to make Millie Bobby Brown burst into tears) upon returning from the show. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more on stranger things Season 4, and be sure to check out our 2022 TV Schedule for some viewing options now that the final season is over.