The Stranger Things star believes what happened to Eddie was not fair, but it was ‘inspiring.’
Yes, he has heard the 'Chrissy, wake up' remixes.
[Editor’s note: This piece goes into depth on Eddie Munson’s fate in Stranger Things 4.]
We barely knew you, Eddie Munson. Eddie was introduced to audiences in Stranger Things 4 as an Upside Down Doof Warrior and a type of D&Douche heading the Hellfire club, but he rapidly captivated fans’ hearts, making his sudden demise at the hands of Demobats all the more shocking.
It’s a fate that not even Joseph Quinn, who portrays Eddie, understands, especially because he died a hero but leaves behind a legacy of villainy, at least according to Hawkins inhabitants riled up by the Satanic Panic of it all.Quinn, on the other hand, sees it as a sign that Stranger Things is finally coming into its own.
“I don’t believe it’s fair. But I believe it goes in with the rest of the season’s vibe – it’s more grownup, it’s nasty, it’s more terrifying, and there’s this sense that life isn’t always easy,” Quinn adds. “You get the impression that it’s more mature. And, while we all want Eddie to be lauded and receive the hero’s death he deserves, I think it’s more classy narrative.”
Though Eddie was new to the Stranger Things universe, he fit into the show’s bigger theme of outsiders in all forms. Eddie, a metal-loving, pot-dealing, D&D-playing nerd, had a chip on his shoulder that made him an easy villain for the community to cling onto. But, as the primary cast of characters know, he died valiantly, shredding Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” on top of a trailer in the Upside Down and charging into combat to keep the bats away from Steve, Robin, and Nancy’s confrontation with the Vecna.
While it appears Eddie could have merely played guitar to generate noise rather than brilliantly soloing through the guitar riffs of “Master of Puppets” for an extended period of time, Quinn is delighted his character chose to do so.
“I received a couple of enigmatic texts from the Duffers asking if I played guitar.” “I said sure and received no response,” Quinn adds. Then he received the screenplay for the final two episodes and had to begin “a lot” of practice. But, when it came time to film, he felt prepared in more ways than one.
“We were still in the grip of the epidemic, and it was a little frightening.” But I recall a very nice vibe on set because it seemed like the first time the crew and I [were] in a setting where live music was being performed […] and we were playing ‘Master of Puppets’ in the Upside Down! That doesn’t happen all the time.”
“I don’t think there are many planets in which a Metallica performance wouldn’t seem ludicrous as a season finale.” [Here] it seems completely earned and stupid, but it also feels correct and inspired. And I felt so fortunate to be a part of it.”
Stranger Things 4 is now available to watch on Netflix.