Why Stephen King Was Afraid To Watch Stranger Things Season 4 Finale

Warning! This post contains spoilers for the Stranger Things season 4 finale

Acclaimed writer Stephen King shared his hesitation towards watching the Stranger Things season 4 finale. With seemingly never-ending adaptations on the horizon, including the upcoming Salem's Lot, which is set for release this fall, as well as a remake of Christine, King continues to establish his legacy as one of horror's biggest names. The most recently confirmed adaptation will see King's novel, The Talisman adapted for the small screen, with Stranger Things creators the Duffer Brothers at the helm.

Debuting back in 2016, Stranger Things has maintained its intense grip on audiences throughout each new season. Audiences are still reeling from the devastating fallout of season 4's epic conclusion as Vecna finally unleashed the Upside Down on Hawkins, with a release date for season 5 yet to be confirmed. Stranger Things season 4's final two episodes brought a number of horrifying revelations and shocking deaths, and broke multiple of records for Netflix. However, many viewers (including King) were unhappy with Stranger Things season 4's two-part release in May and July, which the author took to Twitter to complain about after volume 1 ended. Now, the master of horror has shared why he was then scared going into volume 2.


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In a recent tweet, King shared his brief thoughts about Stranger Things season 4, episode 8, calling it "full of dread." The writer admitted that he was hesitant to continue on to the final episode, as he was fearful of what lay ahead for the Hawkins gang. Check out King's tweet below.

The penultimate episode of STRANGER THINGS is so good, and yet so full of dread, that I'm almost afraid to watch the last one.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 3, 2022

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This is not the first time King has taken to Twitter to discuss his thoughts on Stranger Things season 4. In addition to calling out season 4's two-part release model, the writer also previously discussed his love for one of season 4's new characters, Yuri. The author even called for the eccentric Russian to receive his own Stranger Things spinoff show. A dedicated and vocal fan, King often shares his reviews of various projects on Twitter, such as Mike Flanagan's Midnight Mass or Showtime's Yellowjackets. Given King's iconic status in the horror genre, audiences unsurprisingly take both his criticisms and praise on board.

While King has yet to confirm whether he has finished watching Stranger Things season 4, his hesitations towards episode 8 and 9 are certainly understandable. Having clocked in at an impressive 2 hour and 19 minute runtime, the Stranger Things' season 4 finale packed a punch, amping up not only its horror elements but also its emotional, heart-wrenching moments. With King famous for having written some of pop culture's most terrifying and horror-fuelled stories, the fact that the author was scared to watch the Stranger Things season 4 finale speaks to just how daunting it really was. For now, many will be hoping for King to share his unfiltered thoughts on the recent shocking cliffhanger on Twitter soon.