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Stranger Things fans have hit out that their favourite characters have been given less airtime in the sci-fi drama's fourth outing.
From introducing us to the horrifying new baddie Vecna to (even more terrifyingly) being some people's first introduction to Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill, the long-anticipated fourth season has got fans well and truly talking.
And while season four is yet to conclude – with the second part coming in July – some fans have already expressed their disappointment over major characters becoming pushed out onto the 'sideline'.
More specifically, viewers fumed over the fact Will, Jonathan and Mike seemingly had the spotlight taken off them as the focus shifted to other characters like Eleven, Lucas, Dustin and Max.
“I don’t understand. Stranger Things 4 is really great but why have Mike, Will and Jonathan done nothing this season," complained one fan.
Unpopular opinion:— Rue Costa (@CostaRue) May 28, 2022
this season has been very disappointing. they completely sidelined main characters to give the guest roles long and boring monologue screen time and they had hours of episodes. will, mike and jonathan had no actual plot ?? where are they now?#StrangerThings
"Mike still has some storyline but Jonathan and Will have entirely been sidelined. Do you even remember Will from season 2? Like how do you sideline that?" said another.
A third tweeted: "So I finished Stranger Things s4 at 3am today and needless to say I loved it but I hate how they made Mike and will's character so invisible and they could have ended the prison shit with hopper in two eps."
So I finished stranger Things s4 at 3am today and needless to say I loved it but I hate how they made Mike and will's character so invisible and they could have ended the prison shit with hopper in two eps 😭— rine (@iTEEZJYNHO) May 30, 2022
Meanwhile, a fourth criticised: "The mike will jonathan argyle storyline was kinda irrelevant. they didn’t move along the plot in any way. and they didn’t even find eleven…"
Charlie Heaton, who plays Jonathan, recently addressed accusations that his character has been sidelined, telling GQ: "I’ve definitely seen some forums like Screenrant or something – ‘What happened to the character?’
"It is an ensemble cast, obviously every season they’ve brought in new characters, wonderful characters, and they’ve taken the story to different places," he continued, adding that 'the Hawkins storyline this year is totally out of Nightmare On Elm Street. It’s really exciting to see the show go in that direction'.
Stranger Things season four: Volume 1 is available to stream on Netflix now, with Volume 2 hitting the screens on 1 July.
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