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Kate Bush Song Hints at Victory in Stranger Things Season 4, Vol. 2 Trailer

Stranger Things Season 4, Vol. 1 made 1986 a terrible year in Hawkins. Netflix’s Vol. 2 trailer hints at better thanks to the presence of Kate Bush.

The following contains spoilers for Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 1, now streaming on Netflix.

Stranger Things Season 4, Vol. 1 was a wild ride for the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana after Netflix released it just a few months ago. Following the terror of the demogorgon from the first three seasons, a new threat has found its way into the city to threaten the populace and the world. Vecna may be the worst villain of the series.

Revealed to be Henry Creel and the test subject known as One, Vecna resides in the abysmal world of the Upside Down. He attacks his victims telepathically by revealing the aspects of themselves they hate most, then shows them a grandfather clock depicting how much time they have left before he kills them. Once their time is up, Vecna murders his victims by crushing every bone in their body telepathically and severely distorting their appearance.

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Of all of Vecna’s victims, only one managed to escape their grim fate: Max Mayfield. The secret to her survival? Her friends brought her back to reality by having her listen to her favorite Kate Bush song, “Running Up That Hill.” With Stranger Things Season 4, Vol. 2 just around the corner on July 1, Netflix released a new trailer for the upcoming episodes that suggests an apocalyptic end for the town of Hawkins, but also hints at hope for the townspeople by including “Running Up That Hill.”

The trailer opens with Martin Brenner validating Eleven’s fears for her friends as they prepare for a deadly fight against Vecna. He strongly feels they don’t stand a chance and that the town of Hawkins will be destroyed once Vecna gets loose. This doesn’t dissuade Eleven from returning to Hawkins to help out her friends in their fight, with her determination augmented by the melody of Bush’s iconic song.

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The rest of the trailer depicts a grim montage of each of the show’s main characters preparing for war against Vecna with Hawkins as the battleground. Nancy Wheeler teams up with her former boyfriend Steve Harrington, and they drive a trailer carrying their friends to their grim destination; Vecna is then seen stalking Nancy in a corridor. Will Byers tells his best friend Mike Wheeler that Vecna won’t stop until he’s taken everyone in Hawkins. Robin Buckley is not convinced they’ll make it out alive in what’s expected to be an emotional set of episodes. The adults — Jim Hopper, Joyce Byers and Murray Bauman — are seen going up against the demogorgon in Alaska.

While the Stranger Things Season 4, Vol. 2 trailer presents terrifying images and hints at a few major deaths, the use of Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” hints at something good in this latest brush-in with the Upside Down. The lyrics “It doesn’t hurt me; do you want to feel how it feels? Do you want to know, know that it doesn’t hurt me? Do you want to hear about the deal that I’m making?” strongly imply the main characters will be giving Vecna a taste of his own medicine, and that they — along with the townspeople — will come out victorious at the end of the show’s penutlimate season.

Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 1 is streaming now on Netflix. Volume 2 arrives on July 1.

Diane Darcy is features writer for anime, comics, and television at CBR. She’s also the owner of the popular HelenaWayneHuntress.com blog and has contributed features to WomenWriteAboutComics.com, ShelfDust.com, and ComicsBookcase.com. She’s also a co-host of the Huntress Podcast for WrightOnNetwork.com.

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