Possibly the darkest installment of Stranger Things yet, season 4 features its fair share of death scenes. However, one is so brutal that star Joseph Quinn was shocked to see him make the final cut.
Note: This article is about to have a lot of spoilers, so if you haven’t watched Stranger Things Season 4 yet, we suggest you click through and come back when you have.
In a new interview with Screen Rant (opens in a new tab)Quinn recalled a scene in the first episode of the fourth chapter, in which his character, Eddie Munson, witnesses the death of cheerleader Chrissy Cunningham (Grace Van Dien). When Chrissy’s consciousness becomes trapped in Vecna’s mental lair, Eddie watches in terror as her body begins to levitate in the real world.
When the unseen villain grabs her, she crashes backwards into the ceiling, her fingers and limbs snapping in different directions. Finally, Chrissy’s eyes reappear in her head, leaving her with nothing but bloody sockets, and Eddie runs out of her trailer in fear. It’s kind of spooky appropriate by Stranger Things standards.
“I remember in the first ADR session I had, they said, ‘Should we show you death?’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, sure,'” Quinn recalled. “They showed it to me and I was like, ‘There’s no way you’re going to get away with it, Netflix won’t let you do that. But they did and yeah, I think it’s fucking horrible.”
The Netflix show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, expressed regret for killing off Chrissy so soon, in part due to Van Dien’s unexpected chemistry with Quinn in a sequence they shot late in production.
“We always have those moments [of ‘what have we done?’]Matt Duffer told TVLine. (opens in a new tab). “We shot the scene with the drug deal in the woods, quote unquote, quite late, actually, in the shoot.”
“We had already killed Chrissy when we shot that,” Ross explained, as Matt continued, “The scene came to life in a way that was so beautiful. A lot of it was Joe and Grace. It was just one of those lucky scenes where we got to have two cameras rolling capturing them simultaneously. Joe was doing a lot of things spontaneously, and we got these amazing reactions from Grace. It’s pretty amazing what Grace was able to do with very, very few scenes. Make people care like she did.”
If you’re looking for more Hawkins-related content, check out our breakdown of Stranger Things Season 4, the ending of Volume 2, and how it all sets up Stranger Things Season 5. If you prefer to lean into the macabre, then have a read of our Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 2 death list.