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Stranger Things Season 5 Theory – The Neverending Story Song And The Race Up That Hill Reveals All

July 12, 2022
Never ending StorySTRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, and Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield in STRANGER THINGS. cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Ever since Season 3 of Stranger Things gave us the duet of Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Suzie from The Never Ending Story Song in the finale, I’ve come back to this song over and over again. Why this song? Why then? The Duffer brothers rarely just “do” things. Everything has so many layers and meanings that you can miss major clues if you don’t look at or think about every little Easter egg. At first, so many 80s-inspired love bombs seemed like pure nostalgia.

They looked like gifts from the gods of Generation X to all of us, parents and our children, who still fondly remember the days of synthesized music, Aqua Net and pastel roll-neck polo shirts. As we approach the beginning of the end (as Vecna ​​said) in the ending of Chapter 9 Season 4 of Stranger Things, I’m once again drawn to the darkness of the Swamp of Sorrow and the Death of the Horse of Atreyu, Artax.

The music has always been chosen so carefully throughout the series that it’s hard not to find meaning in even the smallest details or lyrics. The Duffers have always chosen music that conveys the right emotion at the right time. Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) not only captured Max’s grief and the plight of the gangs, but also the tenacity needed to hold on through thick and thin until the bitter end. Our group felt like we were waging an impossible war. Why we were all focused on the racing part, I think we may have missed the transaction part. I think The Never Ending Story Song and Running Up That Hill are the keys to Stranger Things Season 5 and decoding the Upside Down and defeating Vecna ​​once and for all.

Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) decoded

While most of us, myself included, have been focused on the dark and often hopeless aspect of Bush’s haunting lyrics and emotionally charged melodic swells, there is something that most of us have missed. Bush originally named the song A Deal With God, but her label forced her to change it due to its overt religious tone. Although the journey is essential, i.e. the whole constant part of the uphill race, the agreement with God is the part that should not be ignored. We know that Vecna ​​uses people’s insecurities and negative thoughts against them. We also know that when they are most vulnerable, he strikes and breaks all their bones, blinds them and destroys their spirit. Vecna ​​said he did this because it allowed him to open the doors to the Upside Down. Once he had killed four children, he would break the veil between our world and the Upside Down.

And if only I could, I’d make a deal with God And I’d make him change places Run down that road Run up that hill Run up that building No problem

The Season 4 finale of Stranger Things showed that he succeeded as Max was technically dead for a few moments before Eleven appeared to bring her back from the dead. What happened to her during her death and where she is now is unknown, but clues are found in Bush’s words. Instead of focusing on the fight, look at the business. Max’s consciousness disappeared. Eleven tried to communicate with her but only found an empty void. It’s probably because Max always wanted to make a deal with God to protect his friends. More importantly, though, she’s switched places and is now likely piggybacking onto Vecna’s consciousness. Whether he knows it or now, we don’t know, but changing locations will play a big part in Stranger Things season 5.

Will’s time in the Upside Down makes him particularly susceptible to Vecna, the Mind Flayer, and Hive Mind Particles. He can sense their closeness, and the key to everything may cause him to switch places, with Vecna ​​giving the group time to attack him. I predict that when all is said and done, Will will remain in the Upside Down as the new Hive ruler. It will be a devastating and gruesome ending for this sweet character who finally finds himself. This also comes full circle for the Season 1 story.

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Noah Schnapp as Will Byers and Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers in STRANGER THINGS. cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

The Neverending Story song is the biggest clue

The Duffers said Season 4’s hilarious musical interlude almost didn’t happen. They said they were considering using the Ent song from The Lord of the Rings, among others, but chose The Never Ending Story Song because it captured the mood of the scene perfectly. The beloved 80s children’s classic is far from a happy adventure story. Yes, there’s the lovable lucky dragon Falkor and some of the images are beautiful fantasy fire, but in the never-ending story there are real consequences. There isn’t a kid who’s seen the movie who hasn’t had a nightmare about Artax drowning.

Although the song was featured as comic relief in Season 3, the importance of the song both in gaining the information needed to defeat the Mind Flayer and also in the larger series arc is vital. In The Neverending Story, Bastian, a boy bullied by three boys, reads a mysterious book that sucks him into a world of danger and pleasure. Night Hob, Teeny Weeny, and Rock Biter all go to the Ivory Tower to seek help from the Childish Empress of Fantasia. Their world is being consumed by a mysterious force called the Nothing. They are told that the Empress is ill and a warrior has been summoned. It is believed to hold the key to the destruction of Nothing.

The Nothing settled in Fantastia because humans stopped dreaming of positive things. They stopped imagining wonderful places and things, and the Nothing was allowed to grow in its place. Gmork is a servant of Nothing, and Atreyu must fight him to save Fantasia. Vecna ​​is similar to Gmork. He thinks he controls the hive mind because he fashioned the Mind Flayer from the particles, but he’s just another megalomaniac who thinks he controls a force greater than himself. Now that Vecna ​​has torn down the barrier between our world and the Upside Down, monsters and negativity will invade our world. The only thing that can stop him is a contradictory force.

I guess Upside Down was once Fantasia. It was a place of wonder and imagination, but over time, neglect and negativity have broken down the once great place, leaving behind the monsters and particles of the hive mind. When Vecna ​​was defeated there, he filled the void in the imagination and formed the Upside Down we see now. Essentially, the more time Vecna ​​spent there, the more the Nothingness that is the soul-crushing evil in his brain took over. It is also possible that it is the mirror of human fallibility. This is where all our hate lives.

The Upside Down and Hive Mind Particles are the Fantasia equivalents of Nothing. Vecna ​​feeds on misery. It is not enough for him to win; he must destroy his enemies before defeating them. So far, the children’s greatest weapon has been Eleven and their nearly endless supply of wits and courage.

Perhaps the biggest clue is in the Never Ending Story finale. Atreyu is told that he must make the journey with the human child Bastian to defeat the Nothing. Duality also plays a major role in Stranger Things. Vecna/One is mirrored by Eleven. The Upside Down is the mirror of our world, and Will could very well be our Bastian. In a recent interview with Collider, the Duffers confirmed that Will will play a major role in Season 5. If Mike is the Atreyu in our story, then Will is our Bastian.

The last moments will be for him alone. He will use his newfound power from his time in the Upside Down and his connection to Vecna ​​and the Hive Mind to gain control. Just as Eddie sacrificed himself in Season 4 of Stranger Things, Will will do the same in the series finale. Eddie may have skillfully scratched the puppet master, but Will will become the puppet master. I also hope our daughter Max is somewhere in there, making life hell for Vecna. I’d like to think Vecna’s hubris will be his undoing.

Turn around Look what you see In her face The mirror of your dreams Make believe I’m everywhere Given in the light Written on the pages Is the answer to a never ending story Reach for the stars Steal a fantasy Dream a dream And what you see will be Show no fear For she may disappear In your hand The birth of a new day Rhymes that keep their secrets Will unfold behind the clouds And there on a rainbow Is the answer to a never ending Story

Tracy Palm Tree

As the editor of Signal Horizon, I love watching and writing about genre entertainment. I grew up with old school slashers, but my real passion is television and all things weird and ambiguous. My work can be found here and Travel Weird, where I am the editor.

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