the star of stranger thingsCharlie Heaton addressed speculation that they “dropped” his character in the new season.
The fourth season of the hit show returned to Netflix this weekand many reviewers noted how the individual character arcs mean less time is spent on each.
Fans have also complained on social media that the favorites, including Jonathan (Heaton), Will (Noah Schapp), and Mike (Finn Wolfhard), seem to get considerably less screen time.
“I don’t understand. Stranger Things 4 It’s so hot, but why haven’t Mike, Will and Jonathan done anything this season?” one fan asked on Twitter. “Mike still has some history, but they totally left out Jonathan and Will. Do you remember Will from season 2? How do you put that aside?
Another tweeted: “This season has been very disappointing. They completely left out the main characters to give the guest roles a long, boring monologue on screen and had hours of episodes. Didn’t Will, Mike and Jonathan have a real plot? Where are you now?”.
In a new interview with GQ, Heaton was asked for his opinion. The journalist noted that Jonathan’s narrative “seems, based on the first four episodes, to be a little less substantial than in previous seasons.”
“I know why you ask that,” Heaton replied. “And I’ve definitely seen them say on some forums like Screenrant or something like this: ‘What happened to the character?’ It’s a whole cast, obviously in each season they’ve brought in new characters, wonderful characters, and they’ve taken the story to different places.”
Heaton said he was excited about the development of the story in the fourth season: “Hawkins’ story this year is totally based on Nightmare On Elm Street“, said. “It’s really exciting to see the series going in that direction.”
Elsewhere, fans have complained this week about a “ridiculous” explanation at the cliffhanger ending of the third season in the new series. Others are intrigued by the new character neighbor and what his presence means to the gang.
The review of The Independent of the fourth season of stranger things is here.