Duffer Brothers Drew Inspiration From Star Wars For Stranger Things Final Shot
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**Warning: This article contains spoilers for Stranger Things season four volume two**
Stranger Things fans are still raving about the final episode of season four and the Duffer Brothers have finally revealed their inspiration for the last shot.
Sci-fi fans will be pleased to hear that Star Wars helped the duo figure out how to bid farewell to the highly anticipated season.
As fans are likely already aware, the most recent batch of episodes delved into the conflict between Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Vecna aka Henry (Jamie Campbell Bower).
Vecna’s ultimate plan was unveiled in which he intended to kill four victims to open four gates of the apocalypse and unleash the Upside Down into Hawkins.
In the final shot, fans see the characters watch as a storm rains down spores from the Upside Down in a field of flowers in a terrifying scene of impending doom.
In a new interview with Collider, Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer explained their inspiration behind the shot.
Matt Duffer shared: "We were very much inspired by [The] Empire Strikes Back, that ending where they're looking out the window.
"We knew we wanted to end on the backs of our characters as they're looking out towards this dark supernatural plume that was spitting out these spores all over their town as they're facing this evil, that has not retreated but very much coming in an aggressive way into their town."
He added: "We wanted to hand at the notion of war, and a supernatural war coming to Hawkins.”
Ross Duffer said the intention of the final shot was to create a notion of high stakes as the friends prepare for one last adventure when season five drops.
Delving further into how the 1980 Star Wars film inspired the pair as they crafted the final episode, Ross Duffer elaborated: “So we've set the stakes and it's just, the feeling you always want to try to get is that [The] Empire Strikes Back feeling of, ‘oh my God, I'm so excited to see what happens next.’ Or Fellowship of the Ring as they're just headed off towards Mordor. That's the dream, that's the hope. That's the feeling you want”.
Fans will have to wait quite a while to see what's in store for the Hawkins residents after it was revealed earlier this week that season five may not be released until 2024.
In the meantime, all episodes of Stranger Things season four are available to stream on Netflix right now.