Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven and Matthew Modine as Dr. Brenner in Stranger Things 4

The Stranger Things 4, Vol. 2 Trailer Teases An Epic Battle

Set to Kate Bush's iconic song, obvi.

by Ani Bundel

Stranger Things 4 may have not initially been planned to be a two-part release, but the format has created a strong effect among the fandom. Since Volume 1 dropped at the end of May, the anticipation of finding out how the season ends has been real. Luckily, the newly released Stranger Things 4, Volume 2 full-length trailer promises the final two episodes will be worth the wait.

Warning: Spoilers for Stranger Things 4, Vol. 1 obviously follow. Stranger Things has been Netflix’s flagship series since the show became a surprise hit in 2016. But despite the show’s popularity, the effect of splitting the season (done wholly for practical reasons, since the last two episodes weren’t finished in time for the May 27 release date) has driven its viewership to new heights. As of June 21, 2022, Stranger Things is Netflix’s top English language TV series of all time and has remained at No. 1 on Netflix’s Top 10 list since its arrival.

Naturally, Volume 2 has become one of the summer’s most hotly anticipated premieres, and it’s scheduled to arrive just before the Fourth of July weekend. But while the new trailer promises fireworks, a happy ending is far less assured.

Fans have been bracing themselves for losing at least one character, but in a recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, actor Noah Schnapp (who plays Will Byers) let slip that multiple characters wouldn’t make it out alive. And in an interview with The Guardian, newcomer Joseph Quinn, who plays Eddie Munson, called the finale “carnage.” (He also promised a guitar scene, so prepare for the heavy metal.)

But of course, the thing that stands out the most in the new trailer is the remixed version of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill,” after the original song featured heavily in Vol. 1. The track recently shattered records, reaching No. 1 in the U.K. 37 years after its initial release. (Bush thanked the Duffer Brothers upon learning the news.) With the last two episodes bringing it back for another round, it just may wind up being the hit of the year.

Stranger Things 4, Vol. 2 debuts on Friday, July 1, 2022.