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Chapter Four: Will the Wise 

An ailing Will opens up to Joyce -- with disturbing results. While Hopper digs for the truth, Eleven unearths a surprising discovery.


Shawn Levy


Matt Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Joyce Byers
David Harbour ... Jim Hopper
Finn Wolfhard ... Mike Wheeler
Millie Bobby Brown ... Eleven
Gaten Matarazzo ... Dustin Henderson
Caleb McLaughlin ... Lucas Sinclair
Noah Schnapp ... Will Byers
Sadie Sink ... Max Mayfield
Natalia Dyer ... Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton ... Jonathan Byers
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Dacre Montgomery ... Billy Hargrove
Cara Buono ... Karen Wheeler
Sean Astin ... Bob Newby (credit only)
Paul Reiser ... Sam Owens


An ailing Will opens up to Joyce -- with disturbing results. While Hopper digs for the truth, Eleven unearths a surprising discovery.

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True Sight is a Dungeons and Dragons spell that allows the caster of the spell to see invisible, displaced, and astral objects. The subject could see into the Ethereal Plane and other coexistent planes, the Upside Down world in Will's (Noah Schnapp) case. The spell could tell a creature's alignment and intentions by looking at them which may be why the first views Will has of the creature show it in a dark cloud with red tones, denoting the evil intentions of the creature. The spell was first introduced for the Original Dungeons and Dragons as part of the Illusionist spell list in Dragon Magazine #1. See more »


During the dumpster scene, Max moves away from Lucas, claiming that he stinks. However, the movement of her hair in the breeze reveals that she actually moves downwind of him. See more »


References Gremlins (1984) See more »


The Growing
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None the wiser.
28 October 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Episode three left things on a cliffhanger, Will's body invaded by the supernatural shape that he has been seeing during his visits to the upside-down. Episode four picks things up as his mother Joyce (Winona Ryder) races to her son's rescue, only to find him standing on the school playing field in a trance. Will eventually comes round, but cannot remember what has happened.

Meanwhile, Eleven is still angry at her protector Jim Hopper for coming home late on Halloween, Dustin has pollywog Dartagnan hidden in his room, and Nancy and Jonathan are given a guided tour of the Hawkins laboratory by shady scientist Dr. Owens (Paul Reiser).

After the excellent third episode, Will the Wise is a bit of a disappointment, the confusing events rather tepid, at least until the final moments in which Dartagnan is shown to have grown into something a lot bigger and much scarier (no surprises there), and Hopper digs his way into a network of tunnels that suggest that the upside-down has somehow spread underground. So while the episode as a whole isn't anything special, the ending still leaves the viewer wanting more.

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27 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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