Major spoilers for Stranger Things 4 season follow.
Well, after four months of relative silence – beyond a few hints from the cast and crew – we have indeed received some official Stranger Things season 5 Newsletter. It was revealed as part of Stranger Things Day (which takes place annually on November 6), Netflix The title of the first episode of the final season of the horror sci-fi show: Crawl has been revealed.
Season 5. Chapter One. Fast swimming. Happy Stranger Things Day pic.twitter.com/xCdNLjD7YtNovember 7 2022
Unsurprisingly, the reveal of the episode title has sent the Stranger Things fan base into a frenzy, with many theorizing about what it’s about from a story perspective. We include ourselves within their number as well, as we have our own ideas of what could literally or figuratively allude to it.
Here, then, are our four big theories about what the title of Stranger Things Episode 5 means.
1. Run – or crawl – while you can, Vecna
Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way first, which is related to Vecna, also known as Vecna Stranger Things 4The main villain.
In the final episode of Season 4, Vecna is beaten up by Nancy, Steve and Robin at the Creel House Lair. Well kind of. Other Stranger Things heroes unwittingly participated in the defeat of Vecna, even though Vecna’s master plan – to break the barriers between the real world and the Upside Down – came true. Hey, we said Hawkins’ champions kind of hit it off.
Anyway, Nancy, Steve, and Robin defeated Vecna by blasting it out of the Creel House’s upstairs window with Molotov cocktails and plenty of shotgun ammo. When the trio raced downstairs to finish it, though, he ran away.
Apparently the Vecna ran – or should that crawl? *hint hint* – away to heal. He had been seriously injured by his opponents, and based on the damage he had dealt, there was no way to use his legs or teleportation abilities to overcome a hasty retreat.
So, could he have crawled away instead? If he does, the opening episode of Season 5 may be partly about his escape – Vecna drags himself to safety, takes care of his injuries, and recovers before he starts attacking again.
Stranger Things has always had its roots in the board game Dungeons and Dragons (DnD). Well, he was also heavily influenced by the ’80s horror and sci-fi movies originating from the Dover Brothers, the show’s makers, but DnD is arguably the most obvious inspiration.
Since the show’s pilot episode, Stranger Things hasn’t been shy about honoring DnD. Just look at Will, Mike, Lucas, and Dustin playing DnD in the first episode. Or using the name Vecna to describe Season 4’s big bad, as well as giving the show’s various creatures other DnD-inspired names, such as the Demogorgon. Or the fact that Eleven and the boys and everyone else in a DnD-style group play Stream DnD game in the real world. You found the idea.
Crawl could be another classic DnD throwback: dungeon crawl. In fantasy role-playing games (RPGs), such as DnD, dungeon crawling is a scenario in which players traverse a labyrinthine environment to fight monsters, solve puzzles, and earn treasure once they complete said dungeon.
Given how Stranger Things 4 ended, it’s plausible that Eleven and the company would head to the Upside Down, battle Vecna and Mind Flayer (monsters), and earn their rewards (save the world) by doing so. Creep, then, could simply refer to Hawkins’ heroes plotting their plan to take the fight to Vecna and his allies, before they carry out their mission throughout Season 5.
This is kind of a stretch, but what if creep is somehow related to Sadie Sink Max’s character?
Fans won’t need to be reminded that Max will be in a coma at the start of Season 5. At the end of Season 4, Max is seriously injured by Vecna and only survives thanks to Eleven’s powers. However, Vecna’s attack left Max in a comatose state. Eleven was also unable to locate her in The Void, which means that Max’s consciousness may have been lost forever.
Or is it so? Sinek previously suggested that she doesn’t know Max’s fate In Stranger Things 5, but creep can give us some indication as to whether she will live to fight another day. Perhaps a reference to her crawling through The Void to find her friends. Max might do so by using her memories again, just as she did to escape from Vecna in Season 4 Episode 4. If she succeeds, the crawl could end with the crowd-pleasing revelation that Max has awakened from her coma, which will definitely be the recovery we need. All after the tense and bruised season 4 finale.
4. Eddie’s Return
This scenario is more likely than Max’s scenario, but hear us out.
Eddie Monson’s death in the Season 4 finale was a very moving moment for fans and the show’s cast of characters alike. The Stranger Things 4 breakout star was overwhelmed by Vecna’s crowd of stagers as he tried to buy his fellow heroes more time, eventually succumbing to his many injuries in Dustin’s arms.
But what if that wasn’t the last we saw of our favorite Metalhead? Mind Flayer and Vecna have a model for using people’s memories against them. Heck, the pair have owned some characters, like Max’s brother Billy, and used them as puppets to carry out their heinous acts.
Could Eddie suffer a fate similar to Billy? It’s possible. After all, there is an expressive (albeit tentative) connection between Eddie, possibly the newest human doll in the Upside Down, and who – which Metallica song – Master of Puppets – played by Eddie in Upside Down in Season 4 Episode 9.
The lyrics of the famous song include the phrase “Come crawl faster, obey your master.” Now, that may just be our getting to a link between Eddie and the title of Season 5 Episode 1. But what if it isn’t? What if the Mind Flayer/Vecna used Eddy as the next human ship? That would make for some emotionally charged scenes in Stranger Things 5, not least the one involving Dustin, who revered Eddie and would still be cut off for his death in the show’s final season. Basically, just bring Joe Quinn back on another outing, please, Netflix.
Crawling isn’t the only thing worth speculating about weird stuff. over here Five spin-off ideas we think Netflix should follow Once the main story is concluded. Meanwhile, we also looked at Characters Most Likely to Die in Stranger Things Season 5. If you’re after theoretically less content, check this out Five scary TV fantasy stories you should stream while you wait for Season 5 to arrive.