Viewers of Netflix’s “Stranger Issues” went on a little bit of an emotional curler coaster when it got here to the character Billy Hargrove, performed by Dacre Montgomery. The older stepbrother of Max (Sadie Sink) was, to place it calmly, a really dangerous man. Regardless of being good to take a look at, he introduced nothing however stress to Hawkins, IN, when he entered season two. He met his finish at the tip of season three, although — clueing everybody into the truth that he was possessed by the Thoughts Flayer, who took him out and gave him a little bit of a redemption arc alongside the way in which. However this being “Stranger Issues” and all, is Billy really useless?
Montgomery seemingly felt like Billy’s story was over when he completed season three, even telling Vulture again in 2019 that he’d “put Billy to mattress.” Nevertheless, followers began to assume in any other case when the episode titles for season 4 had been revealed in a November 2021 promo. One of many episode titles is “Expensive Billy,” and followers in fact stared to marvel what that meant.
And it would not be the primary time “Stranger Issues” introduced somebody again to life. We thought Hopper died in season three, sucked into the Upside Down for eternity, however he is nonetheless alive and kickin’ in season 4. So it wasn’t out of the realm of chance that Billy could possibly be again on the present in some capability. Montgomery shared a photograph on Twitter in October 2020 that reveals him within the final outfit Billy wore, and whereas he dropped it onto the web with no remark, followers are guessing that he did movie one thing for season 4.
When the sequence premiered on Might 27, followers obtained some readability. In quantity one among season 4, Max visits Billy’s gravesite and explains how responsible she feels for his dying. All of it involves a head in “Expensive Billy” when Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower) makes use of that guilt to control Max and curse her. Followers noticed some glimpses of Billy once more in her thoughts, however that does not imply Billy is again from the useless — it is simply an phantasm meant to torment her.
Whereas it is doable Billy’s grave is empty and the character might return, it looks as if the present is dedicated to Billy really being useless for good.