Stranger Things Creators Reveal Who's Dead & Alive Following Season 4 Finale

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We've had a few days to process the big developments that played on Stranger Things Season 4.

If you kept up to speed with our Stranger Things reviews, or if you watched the show, there's a good chance you're scratching your head about some of the creative decisions.

In a new interview with Josh Horowitz, the Duffer Brothers opened up about which characters are definitely dead following the emotional finale.

Max and Lucas Reunite - Stranger Things

Fortunately for Eleven (and us viewers!), Matthew Modine's Martin Brenner is "definitively" dead, "for real this time."

Brenner has got to be one of the most manipulative characters on TV, but knowing he's gone after the horror Eleven endured at his hands is a bit of a relief.

Brenner Schemes - Stranger Things Season 4 Episode 8

Brenner has cheated death before, so it wasn't out of the realm of possibility for him to pull the wool over our eyes all over again.

The villain was fatally shot as Sullivan and his team invaded the compound he was holding Eleven.

Another death that will be sticking is Eddie.

It was difficult to write the above line because Joseph Quinn completely stole the show as the misunderstood Eddie Munson.

Eddie Munson - Stranger Things Season 4 Episode 1

Eddie got a truly riveting hero moment on Stranger Things Season 4 Episode 9 before he gave up his life to save everyone else.

The news will not sit well with fans holding out hope for an encore from Quinn.

As for Max, who was brought back from the dead after succumbing to injuries from Vecna, well, we have some good news.

Max is "alive" for now, but she has seen "better days," according to the Duffer Brothers.

Making a Face - Stranger Things Season 4 Episode 1

Max's situation has been shrouded in secrecy, and given the way things played out, well, it's hard not to be worried about her future.

Eleven couldn't find Max in the Void, meaning there's a chance she could be gone forever.

My theory is that Max will be used as a lesson for Eleven in what she should and shouldn't do with her powers.

Did she make a mistake by restarting Max's heart? Quite possibly.

Peaceful Max - Stranger Things Season 4 Episode 9

Stranger Things Season 4 wrapped with a game-changing visual that brought the inhabitants of the Upside Down to Hawkins.

What are your thoughts on these deaths?

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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.


What are you doing here, Max? Would you like to join them?