There’s a lot to unpack in those “Stranger Things” Season 4 episode titles, and while they might just be poking fun at the viewers, there’s a decent chance that they carry heaps of hidden meaning that’ll only make sense once you actually see the episode in question. The Hellfire Club is simply a cool name to the Hawkins High School role-playing club. Vecna, however, is a massively powerful god-monster from the Forgotten Realms campaign of Dungeons & Dragons, which seems to continue the show’s trend to name its villains after powerful RPG monsters. “Dear Billy” is a pretty clear allusion to Dacre Montgomery’s Billy Hargrove, who passed away in Season 3, so the episode will probably focus on Sadie Sink’s Max. On the other hand, there’s no character called Nina in “Stranger Things,” but knowing the series’ track record with girls and shady projects, “The Nina Project” might focus on some aspect of the same experiments that created Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).
Beyond those episodes, things are a little harder to predict. The show certainly has its share of monsters, and if Eleven ends up getting her powers back, she certainly qualifies as a superhero. “The Dive,” “Papa,” and “The Piggyback” are all pretty ominous titles, but it remains to be seen what their meaning is. However, Episode 7, “The Massacre at Hawkins Lab,” leaves little room for imagination. As every season of the show has readily proved, lab work is extremely dangerous in Hawkins, Indiana, and all attempts to tinker with the Upside Down and its creatures tend to end in a, well, massacre at a Hawkins lab. Unless the title is a clever misdirection, it seems that Season 4 of “Stranger Things” intends to uphold the grisly tradition.