Stranger Things: How did Dr Brenner survive?

It was never revealed how Dr Brenner survived the Demogorgon attack after he made his surprising comeback in Stranger Things season four, volume one.

Stranger Things returned with its much-anticipated fourth season in 2022, after an almost three-year hiatus due to the pandemic and subsequent production delays.

We already knew there would be surprises, but one of the biggest was the return of Dr Martin Brenner, who was presumed dead after the season one finale, but made a return in season four, volume one.

Stranger Things returned with a split-cour

When it was announced that Stranger Things season four would return in May 2022, it was confirmed that the series would be a split-cour, meaning that the season would be split into two parts delivered on different days.

While many initially thought that this meant more episodes, Stranger Things’ split core only meant that the first six episodes were available in May 2022, and the last of the standard eight seasonal episodes were available in July 2022.

Stranger Things: How did Dr Brenner survive?

One of the biggest surprises from Stranger Things, season four, volume one was the return of Dr Brenner. He was presumed dead after he was attacked by a Demogorgon in the season one finale.

However, fans highlighted that his return was always up in the air as the shot of his attack cut after the Demogorgon seemingly pounced on him, so his death was never certain.

Therefore, his return in season four, volume one was not a surprise, since his character and story arc were integral in season four.

Dr Brenner’s return and him convincing Eleven to return to the secret lab to gain her powers back helped viewers establish the relationship between Eleven and Vecna, now revealed to be Number One.

Moreover, his return humanised the character during his final moments, as he sacrificed his life to save Eleven.

Does Dr Brenner die in Stranger Things?

In the seventh episode of Stranger Things season four, volume two, Dr Brenner eventually dies in front of the camera as he sacrifices his life to save Eleven.

What does Dr Brenner prove in his death?

In sacrificing his life for Eleven, Dr Brenner proved that he actually loved his “children” and did not just see them as experiments, as it was believed as he was the antagonist of season one.

When will Stranger Things season five be released?

Following confirmation that there will be a Stranger Things season five, no word has been shared about the release date touted for a 2023 release.