10 Most Moving Quotes From Stranger Things Season 4, Vol. I
The Duffer Brothers certainly weren’t wrong when they called Stranger Things Season 4 one of the darkest they’ve ever written. With the second half of the season being even darker, fans are rightly worried about their beloved characters.
With the final episodes of Season 4 and the wait for Season 5 to begin, now seems like a good time to focus on the emotional moments from the final batch of episodes. Hopefully, while there are still more emotional scones to come, fan-favorite characters will stay safe.
Will calls Mike
“We were best friends!”
It’s safe to say that Will has been through a lot throughout the series. His trauma hasn’t been processed the way it should have been and he finds it harder to move on than his friends. He slowly became the show’s most ostracized and underrated character.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in her relationship with Mike, her childhood best friend. Forget the implied feelings Will has for him, because what’s more important is the fact that Mike hasn’t been able to reciprocate since he started dating El. Mike will be able to find a balance between his friendships and his relationship in the future.
Robin’s Very Realistic Dilemma
“I ask the wrong girl, and bam, I’m the outcast of town.”
Although this line is not said in an overly emotional way, the nuance is exactly that. Not only did Robin have to keep her sexuality a secret for fear of being alienated by society, but, until Steve, she had no one to talk to about it.
Although the show is set in the 1980s, this conversation is still very valid today for many people – which in itself is horribly sad. Situations have obviously improved, but the consequences of this type of thinking and secrecy on a person are immense. Therefore, the emotional weight of this statement is much more massive than one might expect.
Lucas tries to change the status quo
“I’m sick of being bullied. I’m sick of girls laughing at us.”
The always underrated Lucas and his friends have obviously always been part of the school “nerd” group. They were also, unfortunately, bullied throughout their childhood and that’s something that has affected Lucas deeply and he’s trying to change that this season.
In his attempt to fit in with the popular group, Lucas ends up pulling away from the others slightly, which leads to a rift between him and the rest of the gang. The saddest thing about it is that Lucas isn’t just doing it for himself, he’s also doing it in the hopes of being able to change the status of his friends at school.
Hopper thinks he’s the problem
“I’ve been wrong all this time. I haven’t been cursed. I’m the curse.”
Hopper’s story is one of total tragedy. Not only did he lose his daughter, but he also lost his wife in the process and then lost El and Joyce due to being captured by the Russians.
After spending months in a Russian prison and a failed escape attempt that put Joyce and Murray in danger, Hopper finally breaks down. This moment is hard for fans to watch as he has never let the worst of circumstances get to him until now. Not only does he crumble over the hopelessness of the situation, but also the thought that he is the reason everyone around him is hurt.
Hawkin’s Gang Finds Out Who Vecna’s Next Victim Is
“Chrissy’s headaches started a week ago. Fred, six days ago. I’ve had them for five days.”
Season 4 puts Max at the center of the story, but not in the way fans expected. After Billy’s death, she struggles to move on, like anyone else, and feels guilty for not helping him.
In one of the show’s biggest twists, this moment is emotionally driven because the Hawkins gang realize Max is in trouble, but also because they realize she’s been suffering in silence for so long and that no one knew. Not only has she faced many negative thoughts, but she is also doing it without any support.
El does his best to deal with the loss
“Dear Mike, today is day 185. It feels more like ten years. Joyce says time is funny like that. Emotions can make it speed up or slow it down.”
Although Eleven moving to California with the Byers family was a good choice, unfortunately it took her away from two people she is very close to, Mike and Max. Because of this – and due to an inhospitable school environment – she is going through a difficult time.
Although Joyce is doing her best, El probably would have been better off in Max’s company because they’re both going through similar post-traumatic feelings after losing a loved one. This moment also shows how lost a teenager can feel when it comes to mental health issues, because it’s something they don’t necessarily know and only know what they’re told. said.
Dr. Owens tells El he believes in her
“I bet the fate of the planet that you are one of the good guys.”
After El’s arrest, she is quickly found by Dr. Owens. Since moving to California, she hasn’t had any positive experiences despite her best attempts. Without her powers, it is difficult for her to understand her worth and find her place in the world.
This line from Dr. Owens means so much to her because she’s reached a point where she thinks maybe she’s a bad person. For a child who has been through the circumstances he has, the positive affirmation that he is, in fact, a good person is something El desperately needed.
Max talks to Billy
“Dear Billy, I don’t even know if you can hear that. Ever since you left, everything has been a total disaster.”
After finding out she was Vecna’s next victim, Max wrote a letter to everyone she cared about. One of these letters was written to her deceased brother Billy, whose grave she goes to so she can read it to him.
Although she didn’t have the best relationship with her brother while she was alive, he ended up sacrificing himself to save her, something no one expected. Because of this, Max not only has to deal with the loss of her brother, but also the guilt she feels about it. “Dear Billy” has to be one of the most emotional episodes of the entire series and Max’s character carries it with Sadie Sink giving one of the best performances of Season 4.
Eleven tries to be the biggest person
“I want you to say sorry to me, and I want you to tell my boyfriend it was just a joke and we’re really friends.”
El’s situation in the first half of Season 4 is extremely brutal. While she still comes to terms with the loss of her father, the loss of her powers, and the loss of closeness to her closest friends, she must also deal with bullies as brutal as Angela and her gang.
After being bullied in front of Mike, El still tries to solve the problem by politely asking Angela to fix things. Unfortunately, Angela chooses to make matters worse. It’s one of the most vulnerable moments viewers have ever seen El where she has no powers and is just a young girl needlessly bullied in a horrific way.
Lucas tries to talk to Max
“I don’t need a letter. I don’t want a letter! Talk to me, your friends! We’re right here. I’m right here…”
Lucas and Max have always had a very tumultuous relationship but behind every fight they have a lot of love for each other. As the season begins with separate paths, it’s apparent that Lucas can see that Max is going through things even though she doesn’t want him to know.
While this entire episode is extremely emotional, it’s a highlight because it’s the conversation she remembers when she’s about to lose to Vecna. Lucas reaffirming that he’s there for her is something every human being needs from time to time because nothing works quite like knowing that someone cares enough about you to keep trying.
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