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Stranger Things and Vecna’s Perfect Timing

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Jamie Campbell Bower as Vecna in Stranger Things

Stranger Things is back with volume two, and fans were so excited to watch the epic season finale that they crashed Netflix and set a massive streaming record. This year the Duffer Brothers gave us their best season yet, filled with action, drama, and heart-wrenching moments. Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and the gang also fight their biggest villain yet, Vecna.

This article contains spoilers for Stranger Things

The big bad of season four was Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower), the undead king who hails over the Upside Down. The powerful villain can enter his victims’ minds and put them under an almost unshakeable trance. This allows him to move through their thoughts and control what they see.

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Audiences saw Vecna’s powers throughout the first episode of the season as he tortures cheerleader Chrissy Cunningham (Grace Van Dien) with living nightmares, eventually taking her life and kicking off the season. Vecna’s terrifying abilities are matched by his horrifying appearance. As a creature of the Upside Down, he fits perfectly with the monsters we have seen in previous seasons. But when the season first dropped the most asked question was, where has Vecna been the past three seasons?

When Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) disappeared in the pilot episode of Stranger Things, it sent fans down a rabbit hole of theories on who kidnapped young Will and where he was. What we failed to realize at the time was that the Duffer Brothers were already laying down the groundwork for Vecna’s entrance in season four — when Will crashes his bike in the very first episode, two chimes are heard with an extremely similar tone and sound design that the Creel house grandfather clock makes when Vecna appears. The chimes coincide with the shadowy appearance of the first antagonist of the series, the Demogorgon, and the first season introduces us to the Upside Down.

In season two, fans were introduced to the Mind Flayer and learned that they acted as a hive mind for the other creatures we had seen. Will, being the only one who survived the Upside Down, was able to draw a picture of this creature, due to his connection to it, before it appeared in Hawkins. But the shadow monster was nothing compared to the Mind Flayer of season three.

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