Over the years, Stranger Things have introduced younger crowds to the hits of the 1980s, and the latest installment brought metal legends Metallica back into the spotlight.
In the season four finale, Eddie (Joseph Quinn) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) were tasked to play the bait for the demobats in the Upside-Down. To achieve their goal, the Hellfire Club members take the most mundane option, which results in one of the show’s most iconic moments – Eddie standing atop his trailer rocking out to Metallica’s “Master of Puppets.”
Fans had already seen the clip of Eddie and his guitar in trailers, leading many to speculate which song he was playing. When Volume 2 dropped, so did their jaws.
Many praised the character’s guitar skills, saying the song had been released over two weeks before the events transpired in the show.
Metallica chimed in on the excitement, taking to Instagram to praise the finale in a statement.
“The way The Duffer Brothers have incorporated music into Stranger Things has always been next level, so we were beyond psyched for them to not only include “Master of Puppets” in the show, but to have such a pivotal scene built around it,” they wrote. “We were all stoked to see the final result and when we did we were totally blown away… it’s so extremely well done, so much so, that some folks were able to guess the song just by seeing a few seconds of Joseph Quinn’s hands in the trailer!! How crazy cool is that?”
“It’s an incredible honor to be such a big part of Eddie’s journey and to once again be keeping company with all of the other amazing artists featured in the show.”
Fans will be even more impressed to learn that Joseph Quinn didn’t really need to have someone stand-in for him during the scene, choosing to play most of the song himself. As a result, they only had a stand-in guitarist for the solo.
“When I read the scripts, the next morning I went out and bought a guitar and manically started learning “Master of Puppets,” Quinn revealed. “On the day, me and Gaten just got up on top of the camper van, and just got into it. It was very fun. I played most of it.”