Warning: This article spoilers for Stranger Things 4: Volume 1, streaming on Netflix now. 


“Your suffering is almost at an end.” Those were the words of the season’s villain Vecna (played by Jamie Campbell Bower), the cursed “dark wizard” who is terrorizing the town of Hawkins in the fourth season of Stranger Things.

For fans who are waiting to know what happens after the end of the shocking Volume 1, your suffering is also at an end, but almost: as the massive Volume 2, which will have two feature-length episodes, will hit Netflix on July 1.

In an interview, Bower himself previewed the “bigger” last episodes of Stranger Things penultimate season:

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Vecna in Stranger Things

“I’m going to toe the party line here. It gets bigger. If you thought that it was as big as it could get, it’s not,” Bower told Entertainment Weekly of Stranger Things 4: Volume 2. “It goes further, visually, story-wise, and emotionally for all the characters. It really is quite an explosive climax, let’s say.”

Campbell added, “I know lots of people have used the word explosive and scope and scale, but I do mean that. It goes a lot further and we get to know more as well. We learn a lot more as an audience in these final two episodes, as well.”

History of Vecna is Revealed

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Stranger Things Season 4

Volume 1 of Stranger Things revealed that Vecna was born as Henry Creel (played by Raphael Luce), using his telekinetic powers to kill his own family and eventually framing Victor Creel for the crimes committed by him. By 1979, he becomes “One” (played by Bower), who is a Rainbow Room orderly at the Hawkins National Laboratory — which is also the site of his encounter with Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown), who transforms him into Vecna, trapping him in the Upside Down.

Will We See More Of Vecna In Volume 2?

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Joe Keery and Gaten Matarazzo

When asked if the upcoming episodes will reveal more backstory about Henry/Vecna/One, Bower added, “I couldn’t possibly say. I feel like a politician sometimes. You get to know more about all the characters.”

Stranger Things 4 stars David Harbour as Jim Hopper, Winona Ryder plays Joyce Byers, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven/Jane, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Sadie Sink plays Max Mayfield, Joe Keery as Steve Harrington, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Natalia Dyer returns as Nancy Wheeler, Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley, Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair, Brett Gelman as Murray, and Matthew Modine plays Dr. Brenner.

Stranger Things 4: Volume 1 is now streaming on Netflix. Stranger Things 4: Volume 2 premieres July 1.

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