4 Stranger Things deaths that were absolutely inevitable

STRANGER THINGS. Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022
STRANGER THINGS. Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022 /
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STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven and Matthew Modine as Dr. Martin Brenner in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022 /

Dr. Brenner

Outside of the demogorgon, Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) was the central villain in the first season of Stranger Things. He led the Hawkins National Lab’s exploration into the Upside Down and the mission to find and re-capture Eleven.

From day 1, it always seemed like it was going to be Eleven or Dr. Brenner that got their way, and in the end of season 1, it appeared that Eleven would be the one who got away. Technically, that was true. Brenner was mauled by the demogorgon, and it was assumed that he was dead.

If that was Brenner’s inevitable end, it would have been fine, but it wasn’t. Somehow, Brenner survives the attack and returns to help Eleven find her powers in the fourth season of the series.

Brenner is not a good dude. We learn through flashbacks just what kind of person he is and how he is responsible for the massacre at the Hawkins National Lab that led to Eleven sending One, also known as Vecna, into the Upside Down.

Brenner dies trying to save Eleven and is shot several times. I think we all knew that this was coming this season. When Modine was added to the cast, it was pretty clear that this would be the end of the character.

Seeing how it happened, though, and not at Vecna’s hand, it makes me wonder if this is really the end of Brenner’s story. Modine believes there’s some way, or some power, that could have saved him. He told Vulture:

"No, I wouldn’t. Because I wouldn’t want him to be dead. Three things are curious to me: How did he survive the Demogorgon? How did he survive One? And when Eleven tries to use her power against Dr. Brenner after blowing three guards in the air, he unflinchingly thwarts her and says, “You didn’t think it was going to be that easy, did you?” She couldn’t get it to work on him. Is there something more to Brenner than meets the eye?"

Maye there is more to Brenner than we know. It sure seems like he’s dead, and that’s why he’s on the list. If he survived, I’ll update this list!