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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 ... Dr. 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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Release Date:

27 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Winona Ryder and Paul Reiser have been involved in the Aliens franchise. Paul (Aliens (1986)), Winona (Alien: Resurrection (1997)). See more »


When Max and Lucas begin arguing outside of the school about excluding Max from the group of friends, one shot shows Max's backpack strap twisted over her left shoulder and in the very next shot the strap is straightened out which remains for the rest of the scene. See more »


References Gremlins (1984) See more »


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Written by Written by Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer
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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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