As part of their nostalgic 80s feel, Stranger Things made a perfect choice when casting Paul Reiser in the role of Dr. Owens in season 2 of the Netflix show, but after the climax of the horror series, many were left wondering if his character’s story is now at an end. Speaking recently to E! Online, Reiser addressed his potential return to the series in its fifth and final season.
Paul Reiser was known to many as the human bad guy of James Cameron’s Aliens. In the 1986 action blockbuster, Reiser played Carter Burke, whose plans to cash in on the discovery of the Xenomorphs as biological weapons goes fatally wrong and he ends up on the wrong end of one of the acid-blooded creatures for his troubles. When it comes to Stranger Things, Reiser is one of the many actors known for having a fantasy, sci-fi, or horror role in the 80s that has made an appearance in the show. Others have included Sean Astin, Robert England, and of course Winona Ryder, who made one of her first appearances in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice in 1988.
While Ryder is in the fray until the end, Reiser’s fate is a bit less certain. As one of the characters whose season 4 “ending” was pretty much non-existent, it would be a shame for his pivotal character to go out as a side thought. Reiser though doesn’t seem to know what will happen, even after asking the Stranger Things Twitter account about his fate himself. He told E! Online:
“I literally don’t know. The Stranger Things writers’ room tweeted out, ‘Hey, everybody, send us your thoughts for next season. What would you like to see?’ And I wrote in, ‘Can Dr. Owens live? Would that be possible?’
Stranger Things Will Return For One More Season, But Will All Of The Gang Survive?
After four hugely successful seasons, Stranger Things, or at least the main series, will come to an end on Netflix. That means that anything goes, and for star Maya Hawke, who plays Robin Buckley, that really means that some people need to die in the final episodes. While recently discussing her new movie Do Revenge, Hawke tells Rolling Stone that she believes there are too many characters in the show, and that is why some have to go. She said:
“It’s the last season, so people are probably going to die. I would love to die and get my hero’s moment. I’d love to die with honor, as any actor would. But I love the way that [showrunners] the Duffer Brothers love their actors. The reason that they write so beautifully for me and for everyone else is because they fall in love with their actors and their characters, and they don’t want to kill them. I think that’s a beautiful quality that they have, and I wouldn’t wish it away.”
Of course, fans were devastated when one of the newest arrivals in the show, Eddie Munson, bit the dust in the season 4 finale, and have even petitioned to bring him back. However, as Hawke said, the end is coming for the show and unless it wants to be a complete cop-out, which doesn’t seem the way the Duffer Brothers will want the show to be remembered, then it has to make some tough cuts in its upcoming season. Whether this includes bringing Paul Reiser back to earn a hero’s death is something we will just have to wait to find out.