We are a week away before Matt and Ross Duffer rip our hearts out, stomp on them and then hand them back. And we will accept it with a big smile and tears running down our faces. That’s right, the final two episodes of Netflix and The Duffer Brother’s Stranger Things are almost here. The super-sized epic finale will answer many questions and break a lot of hearts as our favorite Hawkins residents face off against Vecna. But before we suffer, let’s take a look back at a few of our favorite moments from the first seven episodes.

DISCLAIMER: This goes without saying – major spoilers ahead for Stranger Things. If you haven’t gotten the chance to watch volume one yet, bookmark this page and come back later! You can watch the first seven episodes on Netflix right here.

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The Hopper and Joyce Reunion

Joyce hugging Hopper after finally getting back to him.

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) David Harbour as Jim Hopper and Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

You knew it was going to be on this list. Hopper (David Harbour) and Joyce (Winona Ryder) have been dancing around each other since season one, and when we finally think the ship is going to sail, we are left with one of the biggest cliffhangers in TV history. Thankfully, we learned very early on that Hopper is still alive, just stuck in Russia. And, of course, Joyce is willing to do anything  – even hijack a plane and crash it into the winter wasteland – in order to bring him home. After six episodes of “will they won’t they,” we finally get to watch them embrace and the smile that ghosts Hopper’s mouth as he nuzzles his cheek into Joyce’s hair would make even the toughest person cry.

Erica’s Sass

Erica getting ready to make the final roll against Vecna while the rest of the Hellfire Club stands around her.

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler and Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

The Duffer Brothers knew what they were doing when they gave us Erica (Priah Ferguson) and unleashed her sass on Hawkins. She doesn’t get as much screen time in the first seven episodes, but it seems like we will be seeing her a lot more in the finale. However, we can not ignore how she single-handedly saved Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) when she agreed to take Lucas’ (Caleb McLaughlin) spot for Dungeons and Dragons. Long live Lady Applejack! Watching her roll that nat 20 to end Vecna for good had better be foreshadowing for how this epic battle comes to an end.

Eddie Munson’s Charm

Eddie Munson making a funny face with his hands next to his head.

STRANGER THINGS. Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Eddie (Joseph Quinn) is the gift that keeps on giving. I will admit that when he was first introduced, I thought he would be a completely different type of character. But this dungeon master on the run is wholesome and needs to be protected at all costs. It was hard to pick a favorite moment of his, but it’s a tie between his meeting in the woods with Chrissy (Grace Van Dien), his epic DM skills and every time he smiles. I know it’s cheating, but this man needs all the love and protection in the world. If he doesn’t come out unscathed and has graduated high school at the end of season four – I will riot.

Argyle’s Opinions on Pizza

Argyle talking to the agent on the phone about all the pizza toppings he can get.

STRANGER THINGS Eduardo Franco as Argyle in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Some people have some very strong opinions about a particular topping on pizza. And some people would be wrong. Thankfully, Argyle (Eduardo Franco) isn’t one of them. When one of the men assigned to watch over Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), Mike and Will (Noah Schnapp) calls to order some pizza, he is treated to one hell of a spiel. And like the super-smart Cali boy Argyle is, he understands the delicacy that is pineapple on pizza. No, we will not be taking any questions at this time. We also need him to live long enough to get everyone to El (Millie Bobby Brown) so he can help make her happy.

El’s Journey

El reaching out trying to use her powers while in front of everyone at school.

STRANGER THINGS. Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

El suffers more than a bit throughout this entire season. First, she moves to an entirely new state after losing her found father and is bullied every step of the way. Then when Mike shows up, we learn that they have been having some relationship trouble. But it doesn’t stop there. She is arrested for bashing a girl in with a roller skate and then picked up by Dr. Owens (Paul Reiser) and taken to Project Nina where she comes face to face with Papa, Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine). But throughout all this suffering, El’s character development and journey throughout this season are remarkable and Brown’s acting is top-notch.

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Murray Kicking Major Ass

Murray getting ready to use his karate skills on Yuri.

STRANGER THINGS. Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Murray (Brett Gelman) is always a joy, and it’s been fun watching him get more screen time in seasons three and four. He doesn’t even hesitate to head off with Joyce to bring Hopper home. When things go south, he uses his epic karate fighting skills. This new Murray 2.0 is here to make sure everyone gets out alive. And while the flamethrower moment doesn’t happen until volume 2, from what we have seen in the trailer, we know that will also be very, very high on our list of favorite moments.

The Robin and Nancy Team Up

Robin and Nancy standing outside of Victor Creel's cell while listening to his story about what happened to his family.

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley and Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

We’ve had several great team-ups in Stranger Things history, but none so epic as Robin (Maya Hawke) and Nancy (Natalia Dyer). These two ladies couldn’t be more different, making their sismance much better. Their undercover job of sneaking in and chatting with Victor Creel (Robert Englund) couldn’t have been performed by anyone else. They needed Nancy’s brains and Robin’s sarcasm and wit to get in. We can’t wait to see these two continue their team-up in the final two episodes of season four and then again in season five. Because they both have to make it out alive. Right?

The Truth Behind Vecna

El and Peter sitting across from one another in the Rainbow Room playing chess while he explains to her his plan.

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven and Jamie Campbell Bower as Peter Ballard in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

The twists and turns within season four of Stranger Things are fantastic. But one that sticks out above the rest is who Vecna truly is. Jamie Campbell Bower is a mastermind and his performance had me on the edge of my seat. Learning that not only was the friendly orderly 001 but that he was also Victor Creel’s son and also Vecna had my mind blown. The entire second half of episode seven is packed with so much lore it’s impossible to not include it on this list. We still have quite a lot to learn and the final two episodes are sure to give us all the Vecna goodness we need.

The Scene

Max floating above Billy's grave while Lucas, Steve and Dustin watch on.

STRANGER THINGS (L to R) Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas, Sadie Sink as Max, Joe Keery as Steve, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

You know what scene we are talking about. That one where Max (Sadie Sink) rips a piece out of Vecna and goes running through that wasteland right back into the arms of her friends. It might not be the happiest moment in the first seven episodes (let’s be honest, it is far from it), but it sure did leave its mark. You can’t tell me that you don’t rewatch the scene at least once a day and belt out Kate Bush‘s “Running Up That Hill” at random moments. Just know that if I ever fall under Vecna’s curse – Gin Wigmore‘s “I Will Love You” is currently my all-time favorite song.

Steve Just Being Steve

Robin and Steve at the Video Rental Store watching the news about Chrissy's death.

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley and Joe Keery as Steve Harrington in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

I know I have been all “Eddie Munson is the best part of season four and needs to be protected forever and ever,” but let’s not forget about Steve “The Hair” Harrington (Joe Keery). Over the span of Stranger Things, it was impossible not to fall in love with him, and season four is no different. How can we ignore just how good of an ally he is or the fact that he offers to swim down and investigate the snackgate? Plus, he tore into the Upside Down bats like the true hero he is. In the same vein as my threat for Eddie, if anything happens to Steve in the final two episodes – the riot begins at dawn.

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