Stranger Things' David Harbour Calls Winona Ryder the 'Vital Beating Heart Behind Every Season' in Moving Tribute

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David Harbour took to Instagram this week to pay tribute to his Stranger Things co-star, Winona Ryder.

"The vital beating heart behind every season of ST is Joyce and Winona Ryder’s stunning performance for the last 7 years," Harbour shared, alongside a photo of Joyce and Hopper from Stranger Things Season 4 Episode 7

"Joyce will save her son, all the Hawkins kids, her old pal Hopper and the withering magnetism of her funky kitchen magnets," he concluded the emotional post.

Joyce and Hopper Instagram Shot

The post has clocked in at over one million likes less than 24 hours after it was published, highlighting that the series is as popular as ever.

In the comments section, fans quickly theorized that something bad could happen to Joyce in the final two episodes of Stranger Things Season 4.

Joyce Takes Aim - Stranger Things

"This is making me think something bad is gonna happen to her," one fan commented.

Another fan was bursting with praise for Joyce, sharing the following:

"Honestly joyce byers is the best stranger things character. everything about her is perfect."

Stranger Things Season 4 found Joyce embarking on a dangerous mission to save Hopper from a Russian prison.

David Harbour Promotes Stranger Things

On Stranger Things Season 4 Episode 7, they had an emotional reunion, several months after Joyce believed her love interest to be dead.

As a result, it will feel like a long wait for the final two episodes of the season.

The series returned after an almost three-year hiatus last month, exploding back into a pop culture in a big way.

The power of the series has sent Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" back into the charts around the world.

Hopper in Russia - Stranger Things Season 4 Episode 3

The latest season also broke some records for Netflix, becoming the most-watched English language drama in a week.

The series is poised to overtake Bridgerton as the streaming service's biggest English language series in its first 28 days sometime this week.

The success of the series has found many fans and critics pondering whether the buzz would be better if an episode dropped each week.

Netflix's head of scripted series for U.S. and Canada, Peter Friedlander, has revealed there are no plans to switch things up.

Searching for the Truth - Stranger Things

“For the fans of Stranger Things, this is how they’ve been watching that show, and I think to change that on them would be disappointing,” he said to Variety.

“To not give them exactly what they’ve been expecting — which is Stranger Things is a seasonal experience, they go through that with them — I think that it would be an abrupt change for the member.”

“We fundamentally believe that we want to give our members the choice in how they view,” he explained.

“And so giving them that option on these scripted series to watch as much as they want to watch when they watch it, is still fundamental to what we want to provide."

"And so when you see something like a batched season with ‘Stranger Things,’ this is our attempt at making sure we can get shows out quicker to the members.”

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Stranger Things Quotes

Dear Billy, I don't know if you can even hear this. Two years ago, I would have said, 'That's ridiculous, impossible.' "But that was before I found out about alternate dimensions and monsters, so... I'm just going to stop assuming that I know anything. So much has happened since you left. Your dad was a total mess. He and my mom started getting into fights. Bad fights. I don't think he could stand being here without you. So he left. And he didn't leave Mom much. She's taken an extra job, and we moved to that lovely trailer park off Kerley. Basically, ever since you left, everything's been... A total disaster. And the worst part is, I can't tell anyone why you're gone. I can't tell them that you saved El's life. That you saved my life. I play that moment back in my head all the time. And sometimes I imagine myself running to you, pulling you away. I imagine that if I had, that you would still be here. And everything would be... ( sobs ) ...everything would be right again. I imagine that we... That we could've become friends. Good friends, like... like a real brother and sister. And I know that's stupid. You hated me.I hated you. But I thought that maybe... Maybe we could try again. But that's not what happened. I just... I stood there and I watched. For a while, I tried to be happy. Normal. But I... I think that maybe a part of me died that day too. And I haven't told anyone this. I... I just can't. But I had to tell you. Before it's too late. If you can even hear this. I really hope that you can. I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry, Billy. Love, your shitty little sister, Max.


Hatch said that music can reach parts of the brain that words can't. So maybe that's the key, a lifeline. A lifeline back to reality. It's worth a shot.