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The Duffer Brothers Says Stranger Things 4 was Supposed to Have One More Death

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Stranger Things 4 has seen the deaths of much-loved (and not-so-loved) characters, including Hellfire Club president and metalhead Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) and Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthieu Modine).

Apparently, another character hardly escaped the same fate.

Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of the series, said the initial script being written saw Enzo (Tom Wlaschiha), the Russian jailer who became an aide to Police Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbor), not being able to get out of Kamchatka. 

“In terms of who makes it, who lives or dies, I think there was a version where Dimitri, a.k.a. Enzo, didn’t make it,” Matt said in an interview with Collider. 

Enzo, initially an untrustworthy character, helps Hopper out of the maximum-security prison. But no heart: it’s all about the money. He is paired with a grumpy driver named Yuri (Nikola Djuricko), who cheats on him and the humble Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Murray (Brett Gelman) for the money.

Enzo befriends Hopper after being exposed as a traitor and thrown behind bars along with his American friend.

“He ended up making it,” Matt said of the character. “But that’s [the most] radical of a departure from the original idea versus what we ended up with.” 

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Ross continued that it’s uncommon for them to drift away from the original scripts. 

“When we’re breaking a season, that is one of the first things we’re talking about is, ‘Where do we want this story to end up?’ So, the ending is always that goalpost. Even as we’re breaking episode one, we know exactly where we’re going. I don’t think we’ve deviated truly in any season for the finale; we’ve always stuck to it. I believe the case is the same here.” 

Previously, the Duffer Brothers unveiled that they already have an idea of how the upcoming fifth and final season will conclude – they’re just not exactly sure how to reach there. So we can only expect one thing: Season 5 will be set entirely in Hawkins, after a season 4 that also saw California and Russia. 

“We wanna go back to a lot of the things we did in season 1,” Matt told Happy Sad Confused on Monday. “A lot of the original groupings and pairings that we had in season 1 – there’s something nice about coming full circle.” 

Regarding the ending, Ross stated: “While a lot of season 5 is actually pretty blurry, the last 30 minutes of it are pretty clear in our heads. So, if we can make the journey entertaining, I think that we have an end that will hopefully satisfy. You can’t satisfy everyone, but the hope is that it’s something that feels right for this story.”

They added that Eddie’s death would bring “huge repercussions” among the survivors. And although Max is alive, they said, she’s “brain dead, blind, and all of her bones are broken.”

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