An Updated List Of All The Easter Eggs You Missed When Bingeing Stranger Things Season 4 Vol. 1

Stranger Things 4 Easter eggs

Now that we’ve all finished bingeing the first volume of Stranger Things season four, you know what time it is? Easter egg time, baby!

Okay, so it’s pretty well known that there are about a million references to various 80s movies, especially of the horror genre throughout season four. I’ve made an executive decision to not include them in this list unless they have plot relevance, because otherwise these details are more a matter of incredible set design, ya know?

With that cleared up, let’s get into it!

The grandfather clock sound associated with Vecna actually appeared in key scenes earlier in the show

So, by now I’m sure we’ve all been Pavlov-conditioned into crapping our dacks every time we hear the dreaded chime of Vecna’s grandfather clock. Since, you know, it preceded every appearance of his evil antics throughout season four.

Well, TikTok user @pxzflow pointed out that we hear a similar sound at other key parts relating to the Upside Down earlier in the show.


I’m sure it shows up others times as well… #strangerthings #strangerthings4 #shawnlevy #netflix #netflixseries #fyp #fypシ

♬ original sound – pxzflow

In season one episode one of Stranger Things, it can be heard when the demogorgon first appears and attacks Will (Noah Schnapp). It also appears in season two episode four when Hopper (David Harbour) enters the Upside Down via a strange tunnel AND again in season three episode two when Billy (Dacre-Montgomery) is transported to the Upside Down and flayed.

I gotta hand it to the Duffer brothers — they really did craft Stranger Things meticulously. Except when they forgot Will’s birthday.

Will’s link to reality while in the Upside Down was music, way back in season one

As we learned in the absolutely iconic “Running Up That Hill” scene in Stranger Things season four episode four (truly cinematic art), music is the key to surviving when targeted by Vecna. The music activates a pathway to the brain that meddles with Vecna’s ability to hold his victims in the Upside Down, and that’s how Max (Sadie Sink) escaped his clutches.

It turns out this could also be what helped Will survive so long in the Upside Down in season one.

TikTok user @thewintersoldiersbitch pointed out that Will’s favourite song was “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” by The Clash, which he sang to himself all throughout his time in the Upside Down. At some point, he managed to actually play it out loud.

Considering Stranger Things season four’s grandfather clock chime has actually been around since the first season, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume Will’s constant singing actually had plot relevance — not just in that helped the others find him, but that it kept him from becoming completely possessed by the Upside Down.

Will’s school presentation on his “hero” was Alan Turing, which could reference his sexuality

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Will’s Alan Turing poster. Image: Netflix

Alan Turing was a code-breaker during World War II but despite his hero status, he was persecuted for being gay. Since season one, other characters have been using “queer” as a derogatory slur against Will, so choosing Turing as his heroic historic figure for his school project could be a reference to his own persecution.

It could also be an indicator that he’s closeted. Will being gay is a pretty popular fan theory driven by his lack of interest in girls, the jealousy he felt when his friends started entering relationships, and his possessiveness of Mike (Finn Wolfhard).

The rainbow behind One in the finale’s duel was foreshadowing

TikToker @jbuckstudios pointed out this clever Easter egg: when One (Jamie Campbell Bower) and El (Millie Bobby Brown) are having their mind duel, the rainbow wall painting behind El is traditional — starting with red and ending with purple. However, the rainbow behind One is inverted — starting with purple and ending with red — which foreshadows that she’ll send him to the Upside Down, a literal inverse of her world. So cool!


Did you catch this in Stranger Things 4? #strangerthings4 #strangerthings #eastereggs #fyp #foryou

♬ Stranger Things – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

The Hellfire club references a line from Dustin in season 1

In the first episode of Stranger Things season four, we see that Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Mike have joined “The Hellfire Club”, a DnD club led by Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn).  This isn’t actually the first time a “Hellfire Club” is mentioned: Dustin says in the very first episode of Stranger Things season one that he wants Will’s X-Men 134 comic. That issue is about the X-Men going up against the Hellfire Club, a group who try to use Jean Grey’s telekinetic and telepathic powers for their own.

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The Hellfire Club t-shirts. Image: Netflix

Obvs that’s pretty familiar to us since the entirety of this show is based around the exploitation of Eleven’s telekinetic powers. What’s interesting though is that in X-Men, the Hellfire Club are the bad guys. In season four of Stranger Things, our Hellfire Club are the good guys who persecuted for being “different” and therefore misunderstood, just like our fave X-men. Subversive foreshadowing, perhaps?

Aside from the narrative parallels, Jean’s name is also similar to Eleven’s real name, which is Jane.

Eleven and One’s chess battle mirrors their IRL battle

When we are initially introduced to the relationship between One and Eleven in season four, we see One as a compassionate mentor. When the two play a friendly game of chess, he is quick to take El’s piece which gives him a false sense of security and arrogance, and by underestimating her she’s able to beat him.

This chess battle actually foreshadows their duel in the season’s finale: One takes the lead and pushes El back, but underestimates her power which ultimately culminates in her defeating him.


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♬ Heat Waves – Glass Animals

Two scenes in Stranger Things season 4 directly parallel season one

In season one, when Eleven first begins to secretly live in the Wheeler house, she wanders into Nancy’s (Natalie Dyer) room and plays with Nancy’s ballerina music box before looking at her Tom Cruise poster.

In Stranger Things season four, when Robin (Maya Hawke), Nancy, Steve (Joe Keery) and Eddie are in the Upside Down, they head to the Wheeler household to retrieve Nancy’s guns. When they walk in, Robin does the exact same things Eleven did, which references that they are actually in a different time: the week Will disappeared in 1983.

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El being intrigued by Nancy’s music box in Stranger Things season one. Image: Netflix

Later in season one, Nancy pieces together a photograph of Barb (Shannon Purser) which leads her to discover the Demogorgon is real.

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Nancy putting together a picture of Barb which leads her to discover the demogorgon. Image: Netflix

In season four, this scene is mirrored when she’s the one who pieces together an image of the Creel house — realising the connection between Victor Creel (Robert Englund) and Vecna — which foreshadows that yet again, she’s the one who has the answers. Which Vecna himself acknowledges in the finale.

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Nancy Wheeler piecing together a picture of Victor Creel’s house. Image: Netflix

The Freddy Krueger references in season 4 might allude to how the gang will defeat Vecna

If you’ve seen Nightmare on Elm Street, you probably noticed the dozens of references of the movie in season four of Stranger Things. Vecna was based on Freddy Krueger, and the show mimics the villain’s original story: right down to teenagers being terrorised and killed in their subconsciousness. TikToker Rachael Evren (@rechevran) pointed out that if Stranger Things continues to pull elements of Nightmare on Elm Street,  then maybe we’ll see El pull One/Vecna out of the Upside Down to face him as an equal and defeat him.


The amount of parrallels between NOES and ST is INSANE. #strangerthings4 @TikTok Australia

♬ original sound – Rachevren

Also, Robert Englund who plays Victor Creel was actually the actor who played Freddy Krueger in the original movies! So they really are committing to these Easter eggs!

Eleven keeps her door cracked open like Hopper wanted

When Mike makes his way into Eleven’s room in season four, her door is cracked open a little — which is a sweet (and heartbreaking) nod to what Hopper told her in the previous season when she was kissing Mike: the door has to stay open three inches!

We’ll keep adding to this list when more Stranger Things season four Easter eggs pop up, so watch this space! In the mean time, you can read our list of questions we need answered in volume two.