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Stranger Things Season 4, Episode 7 Recap – Volume 1 Ending Explained

May 27, 2022

This recap of Netflix’s Stranger Things Season 4, Episode 7, “The Massacre at Hawkins Lab,” — the end of Volume 1 — contains spoilers.

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If you’re a fan of massacres, this episode is for you, because there are two of them and a huge reveal that I’ll gladly admit I was wrong about. Let’s pull the bandage here. Peter is not imaginary or Eleven’s subconscious. He’s a much bigger character than anyone can imagine. Peter is Vecna.

I’m relieved to tell you that Team Hawkins A saves Steve by showing up in time to beat the Demobats to hell with two paddles and sheer willpower. (I will politely point out that when Nancy, Robin and Eddie dove into the water to save Steve, they left the paddles there). If we learned anything from stranger things is that anything can be turned into a demon (dogs, bats, and I guess because of Vecna, humans), and you can grab whatever you need in Upside Down that you had in, i Guess, Right Side Up? The older ones go to Nancy to collect weapons.

Except when they get there, Nancy’s guns are no longer in her shoeboxes. She checks her diary, and the last entry is from 1983. They are now in the past, the day Will disappeared. She doesn’t have her weapons yet. Except even stranger things (aha!) happen because Steve hears Dustin behind the walls. Much like Will, they try to communicate with him because they realize that Dustin must be in Nancy’s house nowadays.

Meanwhile, Hawkins Team B is questioned by the cops and their parents. They want to know why they went to the lake, the scene of a murder, and where Nancy and Eddie are. (We haven’t heard of Robin’s parents on the show yet). As Max is interrogated, Dustin and Lucus discover that Vecna ​​must powerfully tap into each victim’s psyche and let a door open each time he does. That’s when they see Eddie’s SOS in the lights. Dustin grabs the Lite-Brite Magic Screen, and the 25-watt machine has a sensory effect that older kids can see. They communicate the multiple door theory and head to Eddie’s trailer.

Then we have the cases of Eleven and Hopper. The eight prisoners are about to be fed to the Demodog, including Hopper and Dmitri, while Murray and Joyce watch with the warden. (Their plan to enter the prison with Yuri gagged and dressed as Murray works). They are given the rules that they cannot move to grab weapons until they hear the buzzer go off. Dmitri holds the key and unlocks the box where they are kept when he does. Hopper cocks a spear with a piece of cloth and dips it in Russian vodka to light it up like a Christmas tree. The Demodog comes out fast and furious, killing the other six quickly. As Hopper holds the demon at bay, Murray pulls a gun on the guard and Joyce opens the door so the two can escape. Hopper is then reunited with Joyce, and she kisses him.

Eleven is told by Peter while playing chess that two and three other children will be let out of their rooms to kill her. Brenner knows it and he lied to him. They are furious because Brenner zaps Two with a shock collar to admit he attacked her the day before. Peter slips a key card under the table. She later escapes telling a nurse that she had a headache so takes her to the nurse. She is about to escape when Peter tells her he can’t go with her because he has a tracker in his neck and Brenner will find them.

El can remove it from his neck with brute force telepathy. Once she does, they are about to escape when half a dozen military police show up and chase them. Once they’re cornered, Peter tells El she doesn’t have to be afraid anymore. He holds her hand and sends five of the six guards against the concrete walls. The last? He snaps his neck cracking hers. When they hide in the janitor’s closet, he reveals to El that he is like her and shows her his wrist.

He has a tattoo that reads 001.

Finally, Hawkins A and B teams meet at the trailer door. In an awesome scene, you have both sides looking at each other. Dustin creates a pillowcase rope and throws it into the entrance that is in the ceiling of the trailer. He floats directly in and between the two worlds and somehow holds tight as if linked. Robin goes first. As she enters the Right Side Up, she falls onto the bed the children have placed to break their fall. Eddie, showing no chivalry, passes next. As Nancy climbs, she turns to fall, but instead of Eddie’s stained bed, her back crashes into Steve’s pool. The one in Upside Down where Barb was killed.

We now see Nancy in a trance, next to Steve, and she hasn’t crossed over to the other side yet. Vecna ​​appears and Nancy sees Barb’s corpse. Vecna ​​accuses Nancy of killing Barb because instead of accompanying her home, she slept with Steve. This doesn’t appear to be a sign of guilt but Nancy’s guilt she carries, which Vecna ​​exploits. So, can Nancy defeat Vecna ​​if she convinces herself that Barb’s death isn’t her fault?

The end

This is where it all comes together. As Nancy steps out of the pool, Vecna ​​explains how it all happened. Vecna ​​didn’t kill Victor Creel’s family. They had been murdered by the young Creel boy, Henry. His mother took him to see a doctor who was Brenner. Afraid of being taken away, he worked on his powers, controlling animals with his mind and playing with his favorite black widow spiders. He killed his mother and sister, and set up his father to take responsibility for the murders. When Brenner greeted him, he told everyone that Henry had died in a coma and was marked 001.

It was Peter/Henry who left Eleven in that closet and murdered the entire lab except for Brenner. When he wants to take El with him, she refuses. She’s not mean. She’s talented. They clash. One has the upper hand, but Eleven channels her mother, overtaking One, throwing him through the one-way mirror and pinning him against the wall.

Eleven is then responsible for what is happening all over Hawkin. She begins to destroy One virtually atomically splitting him apart. Its center begins to turn red, and we now realize what is happening. Eleven, by killing him, led to the unintended consequence of creating the first gateway to the Upside Down. When it’s over, the vines and the gate are all that’s left of One. However, we see him floating through the Upside Down location, and he slowly transforms into Vecna.

The last shot shows Vecna ​​with the tattoo on his left wrist that reads 001.

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