The long-awaited and most anticipated final episodes of Stranger Things season 4 have finally been released on Netflix, the emotional last two episodes were worth waiting for. And the writers of the Netflix hit series have now revealed that some parts of the finale were unscripted, including Joseph Quinn’s final line. The actor, who played Eddie Munson in the show, heartbreakingly told Gaten Matarazzo’s character Dustin ‘I love you, man’ in an off-the-cuff moment.
Season four saw the introduction of Eddie, who is the leader of the Hellfire Club at Hawkins High School. But in a tragic twist of fate, the character’s stint is short-lived as he heroically sacrifices himself to save the rest of the group. The gang are seen trying to battle off deathly bats and attempting to kill supernatural Mind Flayer Vecna, with Eddie and Dustin paired together to act as bait during the plan.
But surrendering to the bats in the Upside Down, Eddie loses his life to save his friends, with an emotional scene showing him dying in Dustin’s arms. And it seems one of the hardest hitting lines was improvised by actor Joseph, as he tells an emotional Dustin, “I think it’s my year, Henderson. I think it’s finally my year. I love you man’ with the teary youngster replying, ‘I love you too.'”
Taking to Twitter on Saturday, Stranger Things confirmed through their official writers account that the ‘I love you, man’ line was improvised. And that wasn’t his only off-the-script moment which made it into the final cut, as Joseph also improvised another famous line from the show during a scene which showed him hotwiring a campervan alongside Steve (Joe Keery) and Robyn (Maya Hawke). As Robyn was unconvinced about Eddie driving the van, she expressed her concern to the boys with Eddie assuring that Steve will be the one driving.
Turning to Steve, he jested, “Harrington’s got it… Don’t ya big boy?” Suspecting there was a hint of improvisation in there, one intrigued fan tweeted the Stranger Things Writers account, asking, “Did he improvise the “don’t you, big boy?” at Steve in the camper van too? just asking for a friend.” Confirming that the last part of the line was from Joseph himself, the account simply replied ‘yes’.