Warning for you stragglers: The next incorporates spoilers for the primary episode of Strangers Issues Season 4, Half 1.
We didn’t see it coming, however we’ll be damned: After they’d had only a single scene collectively, we’d began transport Stranger Issues’ “Eddie the Freak” and “Chrissy the Cheerleader” as an cute couple to be. So when she was brutally murdered by Vecna on the finish of “Chapter One: The Hellfire Membership,” we had been devastated — as, it seems, had been the sequence’ creators, the Duffer Brothers.
“We all the time have these moments [of ‘What have we done?’],” Matt Duffer tells TVLine. “We shot the quote-unquote drug-deal scene within the woods fairly late, really, into capturing.” In truth, provides Ross Duffer, “we had already killed Chrissy once we shot that.”
So the queen of Hawkins Excessive’s destiny was sealed by the point the EPs noticed the sparks that flew when Joseph Quinn and Grace Van Dien acted reverse each other. “The scene got here alive in a method that was simply so stunning,” marvels Matt. “And a lot of that was Joe and Grace.
“It was simply a kind of lucky scenes the place we had been capable of have two cameras rolling capturing them concurrently,” he continues. “Joe was doing a whole lot of stuff kinda spontaneously, and we had been getting these wonderful reactions from Grace.”
We had been as charmed by their interaction as Chrissy wound up being by Eddie. So it broke our hearts when she was so viciously pretzeled earlier than his (and our!) eyes. “It’s fairly spectacular what Grace was capable of do with very, only a few scenes,” says Matt, “to get folks to care like she did.”
Although this was the top of that character, it’s not essentially the top of the Duffers’ collaboration with Van Dien. They’ve been down this street earlier than, “once we killed Bob in Season 2,” says Matt. “I didn’t need to do this. We had fallen in love with each the character and Sean Astin. And Sean didn’t need to die. Winona Ryder didn’t need him to die.
“However,” he provides, “we’ll discover one thing else to do with Grace, one thing else to do with Sean.”
Half 2 of Stranger Issues’ penultimate season drops Friday, July 1.