Jamie Campbell Bower teases Vecna’s return in ‘Stranger Things’: “I don’t think he’s slunk off licking his wounds in misery”

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Jamie Campbell Bower has teased Vecna’s return in the final season of Stranger Things.

The actor, who portrays season four’s key villain, Vecna, said in a new interview with NME that he expects the character to wreak more havoc when the Netflix sci-fi drama returns for its fifth season in 2024.

At the end of season four, which aired earlier this summer, Vecna is defeated by Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).


“He’s pissed, he’s properly vexed,” Bower said of Vecna’s demise. “I don’t think he’s slunk off licking his wounds in misery. He’s rebuilding, and he’s out for blood. It’s like, you’ve really fucking pushed the buttons now, that classic Jason Voorhees [the hockey-masked killer from Friday The 13th] thing – you’ve made a big mistake.”

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Vecna in ‘Stranger Things’ (Credit: Netflix)

Although Bower doesn’t know what will happen in season five, he does have his own ideas. “I think Vecna and Will have a connection that’s yet to be explored,” he said. “As a fan, I’d be interested to see more of that.”

Bower has theorised publicly since the release of season four that his most monstrous incarnation is acting from a position of righteous justice. The actor argues that Vecna is helping change the world and rid it of what he sees as something very toxic.

But in a scene in the season finale, when he has Eleven in his clutches, he also lays bare another motivation – revenge.

“Wildly, yeah, I think revenge is a huge part of it,” Bower added. “One of the things that I would always say to myself and that I wrote down [while preparing] was, ‘You took everything from me, now it’s my turn to take everything from you’.


Jamie Campbell Bower
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“Before Eleven sends him to his untimely demise in the Upside Down, he’s left alone in this space for a long time, stewing, with nobody to talk to. But while revenge does play a big part in his relationship with her, I think he probably still has a desire to take her with him and live in a different sort of way because she is part of him, and he recognises a lot of himself in her.”

Meanwhile, Bower, who is also a musician, has shared a brooding new track called ‘I Am’, marking his fourth standalone single of 2022.

In other news, Stranger Things actor Joe Keery has discussed the panicked reaction to ‘Protect Steve’ billboards used to promote the show’s fourth season.

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