Hang On, Did Stranger Things’ Other Characters Just Forget About Eddie?

Hang On, Did Stranger Things' Other Characters Just Forget About Eddie?

After what happened to Eddie in Stranger Things season 4, volume 2, one would think that more people would care besides his uncle and Dustin.

Warning: contains SPOILERS for Stranger Things season 4, volume 2.

After what happened to Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) in the Stranger Things season 4 finale, the fact that other characters aren’t grieving over him seems almost like they forgot about him entirely. Of course, that isn’t necessarily the case given how active of a role he played in the Vecna attack plan. In Stranger Things season 4, episode 9, “Piggyback,” Eddie and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) are tasked with luring the Demobats away from the Creel House in the Upside Down for Robin (Maya Hawke), Nancy (Natalia Dyer), and Steve (Joe Keery) to enter. When the Demobats overtake Eddie’s trailer in the Upside Down, he sacrifices himself by distracting them. Dustin is the only character present during his death, and he’s later shown telling Eddie’s uncle Wayne (Joel Stoffer) about how brave Eddie had been in his final moments.

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As heartwrenching as it was, many Stranger Things hints pointed at Eddie Munson’s death before the finale. For one, it would have been nearly impossible to clear Eddie’s name after Hawkins became almost immovably convinced that he was the one behind Vecna’s murders. Secondly, Eddie’s character arc geared him up for an inevitable sacrifice – or, for the very least, a heroic act. He begins as a character who unashamedly states that “there is no shame in running,” which eventually leads him to do just that after Chrissy Cunningham’s (Grace Van Dien) death. By the Stranger Things season 4 finale, Eddie consciously decides to stop running away from the Demobats and fight them. Eddie’s death is poetic, if predictable.

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Of all the Stranger Things season 4 deaths, Eddie’s death carries the most weight. Even when compared to the death of Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine), who was a significant character in Eleven’s life and whose death served to end season 4, episode 8, “Papa,” Eddie’s death had a more tragic completionist element to it. Dr. Brenner was effectively a villain whose death gave Eleven closure, so it makes sense that no one would mourn him. However, it’s odd that no one besides Dustin and Wayne is shown mourning Eddie, for his death was a heroic sacrifice. Even when considering the point that Dustin knew Eddie better than Nancy, Robin, and Steve, the Hawkins crew still formed a strong bond. Solidifying this bond was Steve’s Upside Down rescue mission in Stranger Things season 4, episode 7 in which Eddie took part, and the fact that the Hawkins crew convenes at Eddie’s trailer while planning the Vecna attack.

Eddie Death in Stranger Things Season 4

Despite the importance of Eddie’s Stranger Things death, and consequently its emotional aftermath, it’s still possible that the other characters mourned him off-screen. Nancy, Robin, and Steve would surely have known that Eddie died due to the simple fact that he didn’t return from the Upside Down, even if Dustin kept Eddie’s death to himself, which is unlikely. Stranger Things’ “Piggyback” already had a nearly two-and-a-half-hour runtime, and to show the closure of all characters involved in Eddie’s life mourning him would elongate the episode even further. However, considering that moments providing an equal sense of closure are given screentime, like Robin’s sandwich meeting with Vicki or Jonathan and Nancy’s conversation, the argument that Stranger Things didn’t have time to show people grieving over Eddie is a stretch.

With that said, Stranger Things delivers on expressing the emotional impact of Eddie’s death on the two characters closest to him. Particularly with Eddie’s death still being connected to Stranger Things’ awkward Satanic Panic subplot, having Dustin tell Wayne that Eddie died a hero provides some sense of justice over Eddie’s death. However, Eddie becoming wrongfully seen as evil due to his forgotten outcast status is central to his character arc. Therefore, because other Stranger Things characters seem relatively ambivalent and even forgetful about his death, the end of Eddie’s arc retains a sense of hollowness.

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