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Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo calls for higher stakes

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Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo has recently shared his thoughts on how to make the hit Netflix series even better and darker as filming for season 5 continues. Matarazzo, known for his portrayal of Dustin Henderson, has been a significant presence in the show since its first season, captivating audiences with his endearing character.

In a recent appearance at MEGACON Orlando, Matarazzo expressed his desire for higher stakes in Stranger Things season 5. Specifically, he desires a storyline where characters can die at any time. He believes that certain members of the cast have become too safe, and by raising the stakes and incorporating character deaths, the show could reach new levels of intensity and unpredictability.

As avid Stranger Things fans will recall, season 4 ended with the emotional loss of Eddie Munson, who heroically sacrificed himself to save the group from the terrors of the Upside Down. Additionally, Max found herself in a coma, suffering grave injuries caused by the menacing Vecna. These events took place amidst the alarming invasion of the Upside Down into the real world through Hawkins, as Vecna remained a looming threat. The season concluded with a powerful image of Eleven and other key characters observing a storm brewing over the town, setting the stage for an epic final season.

With the intrusion of the Upside Down into the real world, the dangers facing our beloved characters will undoubtedly escalate beyond anything they have encountered before. This opens up the possibility for major supporting characters like Max, Steve, or Robin to meet unfortunate ends. However, the core group of characters including Will, Mike, and even Eleven herself might also face the risk of death. It remains uncertain which characters will ultimately meet their demise in the final season.

Of course, there is always the chance that Stranger Things season 5 concludes without any major character deaths. Nonetheless, this outcome would be somewhat disappointing, as it would fail to reflect the heightened stakes and intense battle for survival that permeate the story's final chapters. Matarazzo's suggestion to increase the stakes by incorporating character deaths appears to be a valid point, as it would undoubtedly evoke a stronger emotional response from the audience.

Fans will be eager to discover how Stranger Things season 5 unfolds as filming continues. The show, which pays homage to 80s pop-culture and draws inspiration from Stephen King's works, has successfully blended supernatural elements with action and drama. Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, the series focuses on a group of friends who stumble upon a telekinetic girl with incredible powers while searching for their missing friend. As they come to realize that she may hold the key to stopping an impending doom, they find themselves embroiled in a thrilling adventure that threatens to consume Hawkins entirely.

While the release date for Stranger Things season 5 remains uncertain, fans can look forward to a riveting conclusion to this beloved series. Marked by higher stakes, potential character deaths, and an ever-encroaching Upside Down, the final season promises to be a wild and emotional ride. Stay tuned for more updates on this highly anticipated chapter of the Stranger Things saga.

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