Warning: This story comprises spoilers from season 4 of Stranger Issues.
A twisted return. Stranger Issues season 4 discovered a approach to convey Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery) again — however the reunion between him and sister Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink) was very short-lived.
Throughout episode 4, Max goes to go to Billy’s grave considering she doesn’t have a lot time left earlier than Vecna’s curse kills her. The journey to the cemetery pushes her to mirror on her stepbrother’s demise.
“Expensive Billy, I don’t know for those who may even hear this. Two years in the past, I’d have stated, ‘That’s ridiculous, unattainable.’ However that was earlier than I discovered about alternate dimensions and monsters, so I’m simply going to cease assuming that I do know something,” Max reads from a letter she wrote to Billy. “A lot has occurred because you left.”
Within the scene, Max opens up concerning the ups and downs in her life since Billy’s passing. “Principally, ever because you left, all the things’s been a complete catastrophe. And the worst half is I can’t inform anybody why you’re gone. I can’t inform them that you just saved El’s life. That you just saved my life. I play that second again in my head on a regular basis,” she continues. “And generally I think about myself operating to you, pulling you away. I think about that if I had, that you’d nonetheless be right here. And all the things can be proper once more. I think about that we may have change into associates. Good associates. Like an actual brother and sister.”
Max admits that fascinated with the battle in Starcourt Mall makes her marvel if she did sufficient. “I assumed possibly we may attempt once more. However that isn’t what occurred. I simply stood there and I watched,” the highschool pupil provides. “For some time I attempted to be completely satisfied. However I feel that possibly part of me died that day too. And I haven’t advised anybody this. I simply can’t. However I needed to let you know. Earlier than it’s too late.”
As Max makes an attempt to go away, Vecna conjures a imaginative and prescient of Billy to taunt her. “I’ve been ready to listen to these phrases. Ready so very lengthy. Nevertheless it wasn’t the complete reality, was it Max? I feel there is part of you, buried someplace deep, that wished me to die that day. That was possibly even relieved. Completely satisfied,” the faux model of Billy tells his youthful sister. “That’s what you stood there, isn’t it Max?”
He continues: “It’s OK. You may admit it now. No extra lies. No extra hiding. That’s the reason you are feeling such guilt. Why you disguise from you associates. Why you disguise from the world. And why, late at evening, you will have generally wished to observe me. Comply with me into demise. That’s the reason I’m right here. To finish your struggling as soon as and for all.”
The stunning second comes after Montgomery, 27, beforehand revealed that he was “completely satisfied to not return” to the function following his season 3 departure. “I’ve put Billy to mattress in my head,” the actor advised Vulture in 2019, including that he trusted the Duffer brothers to know “that the top is the top.”
On the time, the Australia native additionally opened up about preventing to have Billy’s backstory launched. “I actually tried to humanize him as a lot as I may,” he added, noting that he hoped followers bear in mind his character by “what he did ultimately” as an alternative of his earlier conduct.
Sink, 20, for her half, hinted that Max would wrestle on display within the aftermath of season 3, telling Elle earlier this month, “Max is grieving the lack of her brother, and the lack of Eleven, who’s moved away. So, her complete world has modified. And likewise, she’s headed into highschool. So, she’s in a very unfamiliar atmosphere.”
Season 4 of Stranger Issues is now streaming on Netflix.