- This article contains spoilers for ‘Stranger Things 4’.
The spectacular final chapter of ‘Stranger Things 4’ has left many of us with our hearts in a fist, amazed with its two and a half hours of top quality entertainment, and with a bunch of questions which, hopefully, will be resolved in a fifth season that is considered the last of what is undoubtedly one of the flagship Netflix shows.
The right and upside down
Luckily, to solve one of them it will not be necessary to wait the probable couple of years that it will take to arrive -at least- ‘Stranger Things 5’, and that is the reference to the workings of time in the Upside Down worldwhose peculiarity was reflected in the seventh episode of the fourth season.
In ‘The Massacre at Hawkins Lab’ —that’s the title of the chapter—, our group of brave protagonists explore the Hawkins of the Upside Down world and decide to go to the Wheeler’s house to pick up a couple of weapons with which to face Vecna. It is then that Nancy realizes that his room does not correspond to the one in 1986 in which the story is set, but it seems that it was stuck in 1983.
This seems to confirm that the Upside Down world exists in a different time dimension than the real world, something that the production designer Chris Trujillo has shed some light on in a video from the official YouTube account of ‘Stranger Things’. In it, Trujillo sheds some light as follows:
“The moment that the Upside Down world was, I quote unintentionally ‘created’ by Eleven, the prop and the Upside Down world are frozen in that instant. So when we’re in Nancy’s room in the Upside Down world, Reverse, we found out that he’s like in the first season before we met him.”
However, this does not completely clear up the mystery, since the fight between Once and One that resulted in the opening of the portal to the Upside Down world actually took place in 1979 and not in 1983. This leaves the door open to all kinds of speculation that will surely be fruitless until we see the final closure that the Duffer Brothers will give us in ‘Stranger Things 5’.