Stranger Things Season 4: All Our Unanswered Questions

Is Ms. Kelly Working With Vecna?

Here’s an interesting one. It’s easy to forget about Hawkins High School counselor Ms. Kelly (Regina Ting Chen) because she basically disappears for the back half of volume 1. In the first few episodes of the season, however, she plays a modestly-sized role and some fans think she’s set to play an even bigger one in the episodes to come. 

Recall that no fewer than two of Vecna’s victims met with Ms. Kelly about their unresolved traumas, leading Max (Sadie Sink) and company to break into her office to gain access to her session notes and learn who Vecna might be after. Now, correlation doesn’t always mean causation. Perhaps Vecna’s victims just so happen to be associated with Ms. Kelly because Ms. Kelly is more likely to be associated with children experiencing emotional trauma due to her job. 

That’s all well and good but uh…what about Ms. Kelly’s conspicuous grandfather clock and key necklace?

That circumstantial evidence wouldn’t be enough to convict her in an Upside Down court of law, but it certainly has us thinking about where her loyalties lie.

What Does Vecna Even Want?

Vecna’s motivation is a curious topic to consider. Because on the one hand, back when Vecna was in his human form as Henry Creel, he seemed to understand his modus operandi quite succinctly. The following is what he tells Eleven after he reveals himself to be Number One:

“(Black widows) are gods of our world. The most important of all predators. They immobilize and feed on the weak, bringing balance to an unstable ecosystem. But the human world was disrupting this harmony. You see, humans are a unique type of pest. Multiplying and poisoning our world all while enforcing a structure of their own. A deeply unnatural structure. Where others saw order, I saw a straightjacket. A cruel, oppressive world, dictated by made up rules. Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, Each life, a faded lesser copy of the one before. Wake up, eat, work, sleep, reproduce, and die. Everyone is just waiting. Waiting for it all to be over. All while performing in a silly, terrible play day after day. I could not do that. I could not close off my mind and join in the madness. I could not pretend. And I realized I didn’t have to. I could make my own rules. I could restore balance to a broken world. A predator but for good.”

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