Tribute to Eddie Monson, the little devil is gone too soon

If you haven’t seen the end of season 4 yet Weird things On Netflix, go your way: This article contains a lot of spoilers.

I’m not used to regretting the deaths of series characters. I managed to shed tears in the various dramas of Downton AbbeySorry for the absence of season 3 of flea bagOpen your eyes wide, meager masks…but some stories deserve attention, especially when they echo reality. The fourth season of Weird things It started, as always, with a lovable minor character we know more or less will die during the season: After Barbara in season one, Bob Newby in season two and then Alexei in season three, we spot Eddie Monson, played by Joseph Quinn, with long hair and a denim jacket About Hawkins High School.

Eddie Munson is the vaunted leader of the Hellfire Club, specifically the Dungeons & Dragons Club, a role-playing game populated with monsters and battles of all kinds. Much like the outgoing, rebellious, big-hearted nerd convinced that 1986 will be his year, between his graduation, his band Corrudd Coffin and the prospect of leaving his hometown. An incredible character, who sees in Dustin and Mike the future of the Hellfire Club, and can be summed up by the phrase “No god, no master”. But when Eddie confronts the murder of Chrissy, the star high school captain, who was killed by Vicna, everything changes. A young metalhead-looking young man finds himself accused of her murder in a satanic ritual, and a witch hunt begins.

About dungeons and dragons, moral panic and accusation of demonic

Led by Jason, friend of the late Chrissy and a bit psychotic, a search is organized to find Eddie… and warn of the dangers of Hellfire Club, which will be a gathering point for Satanic rituals. Panic isn’t too surreal, because Eddie Monson’s character is based on a true story: The story of Damian Echols, one of the “Three West Memphis” members (three from Memphis West), grim news from the 1990s, in 1993, three eight-year-olds disappeared in Arkansas They were found dead in a river a few days later. As the Bible Belt faces a growing panic about Satanism, suspicion falls on Damian, who wears long hair and loves metal bands. With his assistants Jason and Jesse, they will spend more than ten years behind bars, without any concrete evidence. A documentary film called Paradise Lost: Child Killed in Robin Hood Hillsuntil they recovered this symbolic trial of this fear of Satanism.

In one of the scenes of this season 4, Eddie reads an article dedicated to him Dungeons & Dragons In a magazine, which reflects the moral panic prevailing at the time. Satan has come to America. dungeons and dragons, which was initially considered a harmless role-playing game, is now of interest to parents and psychologists. Studies have linked gambling to violent behavior, claiming that it promotes satanism, ritual sacrifice, sodomy, suicide, and even murder.” A passage that reflects the concerns of the times: love of metal or role-playing music would be signs of devotion to Satan, especially in more pious states of America. Marking the 1980s in the United States with a series of films and reports warning parents about these practices worthy of black magic, Eddie became the focus of moral panic, realizing that he stood out from the rest of his school.

Glory to metal and eccentrics

It’s very rare to have good anti-heroes in the series: unlike other minor characters in recent seasons Weird thingsEddie has a complex personality, and she is sophisticated. It is defined as weird : the stranger, the madman, the exile as he calls himself. It alone triggers the feeling of being out with those who feel different during adolescence, whether in their looks, tastes, way of speaking, or way of being in the world. If Weird things Praises to the nerds as a whole, Eddie’s character is not only quirky but also touching, funny and makes real friends.

Far from being extravagant, Eddie Monson is a metalhead. Long hair, T-shirts, leather gloves, and power bracelets: her look is sweating walls of death And the vibration of the hair over the large rifts. While the rest of Hawkins’ gang spin the sweet ’80s pop, Eddie isn’t afraid to make a difference. Which will result in the most epic soundtrack in the four seasons of Weird thingswith Moby songs, the group worship extremist or weak ‘I was a teenage werewolf’ cramps. But the most “metallic” scene of season 4 is still the guitar scene that Eddie holds against thirsty democrats: the classic. puppet master From Metallica resonates inUpside down On a red stormy background.

Death tastes like injustice

What shook social networks the most in this version of the second part of the fourth season of Weird thingsIt’s exactly Eddie’s death. Death has a broad taste of injustice. Because after entertaining the Demobats (to give time to Robin, Steve, and Nancy), he sacrifices himself to save Dustin, and ends up being attacked by giant bats. Eddie is one of those characters who we thought were indomitable, they really shined so much through their presence, their progression in the script. And he dies, like this. But Eddie said it again: He didn’t run away, he fought for a city that had always hated him. Another feeling of injustice: For two days after the last battle against the Vecna, no one seemed to care about Eddie. It’s as if he didn’t count, because he died in Dustin’s arms. The latter announces the news to Uncle Monson, but it seems almost false. From one minute to the next, he no longer exists for anyone: he remains an outcast as he was in his life. So, how not to grieve in the face of such a death?

Several theories are circulating online about Eddie and his possible return in Season 5: Some believe he will return as a ghost, a flashback in Dustin’s memory. Others believe that by dying in the Upside Down, he will become a kind of Dark Knight ready to destroy Vecna, or to join him. But in the end, what has changed? Theories are a way of not severing the connection we had with a character who influenced us, motivated us, and made us laugh, forever. And maybe I’m not ready to say goodbye to Eddie either.

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