Stranger Things 4 episode 4 has fanatics convinced it’s the finest cinematic experience from the Duffer Brother’s Netflix series by far and Sadie Sink’s performance as Max is the cherry on top of this Nightmare on Elm Street resembling a sinister storyline. The episode titled “Dear Billy” has our favorite Hawkins teenagers investigating Vecna’s origin, in hopes of finding a way to save Max from its curse.
Warning: The article contains spoilers for Stranger Things 4 Episode 4
Max is Vecna’s next target but her nightmare also reveals the creature’s connection to the murderous Victor Creel (Robert Englund). So Nancy (Natalie Dyers) and Robin’s (Maya Hawke) buddy-cop journey leads them on the path to a one-on-one with Creel but not before wooing their way into Pennhurst asylum after impressing Dr. Hatch (Ed Amatrudo), the asylum’s director. While Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Steve (Joe Keery) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) watch over Max, all hell breaks loose when Vecna strikes again.
With Episodes 1 and 2 claiming Chrissy and Fred after an exorcism-Esque floating phenomenon, many were worried if Max could also die since a similar floating scene was shown in Stranger Things 4 trailer. Episode 4 finally addressed the said sequence where Max finds herself in The Upside Down, but somewhere Vecna doesn’t want her to be. Though the creepy tentacle-wielding monster quickly overpowers her by manipulating guilt with Billy’s death, Nancy and Robin figure out music could be a way to break out of the Upside Down, eventually creating a way out for Max by making her listen to Kate Bush- Running Up That Hill. The scene left audiences wondering if Max could really survive the episode and were left in awe by her impressive acting. Readers can check out reactions below.
I could rewatch this scene so many times and not get tired IT’S IMMACULATE https://t.co/TRulnHiyDz
— ♥彡 Will the Wise ➳ Stranger Things (spoilers) (@enanowo) May 28, 2022
me all of episode 4: https://t.co/xBpVdqK52U
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) May 28, 2022
look at my heart rate during episode 4 pic.twitter.com/20tZkMeLEO
— naluwu VE (@hoppersboy) May 28, 2022
I think stranger things season 4 is one of the best cinematic experiences I’ve had in a while.
Episode 4 and Episode 7 SLAPPED
— J•L 🇬🇧 (NOLO💫) (@JayTzuu) May 28, 2022
max the entirety of stranger things 4: pic.twitter.com/rtLZrG0u59
— el (@starcourtmaII) May 28, 2022
also no spoilers but that moment at the end of episode 4 with max and the usage of kate bush's running up that hill was fucking glorious. one of the best scenes in stranger things history #StrangerThings
— Z. (@nizajour) May 27, 2022
I literally cannot stop thinking about the ending of Stranger Things 4 episode 4… the pacing, the visual effects, the orchestral version of Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush, the acting… Sadie Sink you will ALWAYS be famous pic.twitter.com/BOAwNAlsOk
— søcks (@thegoodwar) May 28, 2022
strangers things 4 ep 4 is the best episode of this show so far
max is now the best stranger things character
that was fucking incredible, this show is something else
— wonder woman’s pr manager (@lassoofchroo) May 29, 2022
— Game of Throats 🇬🇾🏳️🌈 (@TopherFrance) May 28, 2022
Stranger things season 4 episode 4 is the best thing I ever watched…no words jst inexplicably good pic.twitter.com/EQKg4PcHVj
— Fizzie IA (@frizzFizzie) May 29, 2022
#StrangerThings episode 4. that's the tweet. A FREAKING MASTERPIECE. CRYING, SOBBING, SCREAMING, PUNCHING THE WALL.
— to reach comfort (@mencheeerryl) May 28, 2022
We NEED to talk about Sadie Sink’s performance in Season 4! 👀
She’s genuinely one of the most underrated actors on the show, and Max truly gets her time to shine this season! ✨
— Matthew Smith 🏳️🌈 (@TheNorwichNerd) May 29, 2022
i really loved max’s character arc this season. like i wasn’t expecting the emotional depth and the climax in episode 4 had me on the edge of my seat. #StrangerThings
— bex (@finnsrvy) May 28, 2022
— Uzumaki 🍥 (@DWilljr22) May 27, 2022
— maijo (@maijorodriguez) May 29, 2022
— Gabriel ⧗ (@dorksofprey) May 28, 2022
Stranger Things season 4 episode 4 without context pic.twitter.com/OdiMjyvew1
— Ali the Axilland | hasan raheem stan acc (@alitheaxilland) May 28, 2022
— kat✨ (@sugarysaturn) May 28, 2022
Besides Sink’s remarkable acting through this episode, Englund’s appearance as Victor Creel, the convicted serial killer was also an award-worthy performance that won over fans. On the other side in California, Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Will (Noah Schnapp), and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) plan to make a move to save their family but quickly learn they are on the hunt when soldiers arrive guns blazing, shooting down Owens’ agents. Luckily, Argyle the pizza delivery buddy of Jonathan saves them.
Stranger Things 4 Vol. 1 is available to stream on Netflix.
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