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Stranger Things 4 could be the last of a major character

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A group of some of Stranger Things' main cast stare at something off screen in season 4 volume 1



Could we see the demise of a fan favorite Stranger Things character?
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Stranger Things season 4 volume 2 is almost here – and fans should prepare themselves for a potentially big character death.

That’s according to the wildly popular Netflix show‘s creators, aka the Duffer brothers, who told TVLine (opens in new tab) that audiences should be “concerned” about the safety of the series’ main cast.

Stranger Things season 4 will come to a close when volume 2 lands on Netflix in July. The 80s-inspired supernatural horror show’s next instalment will only comprise two episodes, but fans will certainly get their money’s worth from them. The season’s finale is almost two hours long.

Given the dangerous situations that the show’s main cast have faced for nearly four seasons, fans are clearly worried that someone is going to bite the dust in the season 4 finale. Although it is not clear if Vecna will cause any deaths, many viewers are worried about the well-being of Joe Keery’s Steve Harington. The jock-turned-heartthrob nanny was originally supposed to be killed off in Stranger Things season 1 but, after a change of heart, the Duffer brothers opted to keep him alive.

With Steve originally supposed to die three seasons ago, will the Duffers finally decide to bring the axe down on him in the season 4 finale? TVLine was not surprised that the Duffers didn’t give up on Steve when they spoke to TVLine. The Duffer brothers suggested that fans should be concerned about their favorite characters. They teased the possibility that one or more cast members might not make it to the fifth and final season.

Asked if audiences should prepare for Steve’s death, Matt Duffer said: “Everybody’s always worried about Steve. It’s a great thing. It’s a must that Steve is defeated somehow. The Demobats have certainly done that job well this season. “

“It feels wrong to say ‘excited,’ but I’m excited that people are concerned,” Ross Duffer added. “And they should be concerned going into the final two episodes [of Season 4] – for everybody. “

Anybody else stockpiling boxes of tissues in case someone does die? You don’t have to, at least not yet. Stranger Things season 4, volume 2, won’t arrive until two weeks later. The season’s final two episodes will arrive on Friday, July 1, 2015. While you wait, read our thoughts on why Netflix should switch up its release format for its hit series. Alternatively, check out 11 things we want to see from season 4 volume 2.


Analysis: who’s most likely to die in Stranger Things season 4’s finale?

Eleven screams as she activates her powers in Stranger Things season 4

Eleven is one of the few characters who’ll survive until Stranger Things season 5. (Image credit: Netflix)

Based on the Duffers’ tantalizing tease, it would be far quicker to list the characters who won’t die during the Stranger Things season 4 finale.

For starters, Eleven is nailed on to fight for another day. In episode 4, Sam Owens said to Eleven, “Without your help, we can’t win the war.” Eleven should be able to make it to the season 4 finale, as she is the only superpowered person who can match Vecna’s strength and she is the candidate most likely the end of the Upside Down forever.

We suspect that Jim Hopper and Max Mayfield will survive, too. Both characters have been through a lot recently, and they’ve even been on the cusp of death at various points – Hopper in the season 3 finale and Max in season 4 episode 4. We think they deserve happiness after all this.

We can’t see the Duffer brothers killing off any of the original kids either. Killing Mike, Dustin, or Will would certainly shock fans and spark fierce debate online. We think it would be a surprise, but we believe the Duffers would not bump any of these characters off. This was the beginning of Stranger Things season 1. It’s only fair that everyone sees it through.

As for everyone else, we’re of the opinion that the rest of the cast is fair game. To varying degrees, Steve, Nancy and Robin, as well as Doctor Brenner, Doctor Brenner, Murray, and Eddie are prime candidates for the chop. Some deaths are more painful than others, and Nancy and Steve’s would be the most difficult to accept. But, if the Duffer brothers and Netflix want fans to remember season 4 as the show’s most mature and horrifying entry yet, they have to kill someone significant off. You can place your bets now on who it will be.

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FIFA 23 lets you turn off commentary pointing out how bad you are

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A player shouldering the ball



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FIFA 23 might be the best game soccer game yet for terrible sports fans, as it lets you turn off commentary that criticizes your bad playing.

Now that the early access FIFA 23 release time has passed, EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can hop into the game ahead of its full release. But as Eurogamer (opens in new tab) spotted, they’ll find a peculiar option waiting for them.

FIFA 23 includes a toggle to turn off ‘Critical Commentary’. The setting lets you silence all negative in-match comments made about your technique, so you can protect your precious ego even when you miss an open goal or commit an obvious foul. The more positive commentary won’t be affected. 

Spare your feelings

A player dribbling the ball in FIFA 23

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The feature looks tailored toward children and new players, who don’t want to have their confidence wrecked within mere minutes of picking up the controller. But even experienced players who just so happen to be terrible at the game might benefit.

It’s not perfect, though. According to Eurogamer, the feature didn’t seem to work during a FIFA Ultimate Team Division Rivals match, with critical comments slipping through the filter. Still, who hasn’t benefited from a light grilling every now and then?

Polite commentary isn’t the only new addition in FIFA 23. It’s the first game in the series to include women’s club football teams, and fancy overhauled animations that take advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S’s new-gen hardware. EA will be hoping to end on a high, as FIFA 23 will be the last of its soccer games to release with the official FIFA licence.

If disabling critical commentary doesn’t improve your soccer skills, maybe building a squad of Marvel superheroes will. Although you might not do much better with Ted Lasso wandering the pitch.

FIFA 23 is set to fully release this Friday, September 30.

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and Gamesindustry.biz, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games. 

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Google Pixel 7 price leak suggests Google is totally out of touch

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We’re starting to hear more and more Google Pixel 7 leaks, with the launch of the phone just a week away, but tech fans might be getting a lot of déjà vu, with the leaks all listing near-identical specs to what we heard about the Pixel 6 a year ago.

It sounds like the new phones – a successor to the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected – could be very similar to their 2021 predecessors. And a new price leak has suggested that the phones’ costs could be the same too, as a Twitter user spotted the Pixel 7 briefly listed on Amazon (before being promptly taken down, of course).

Google pixel 7 on Amazon US. $599.99.It is still showing up in search cache but the listing gives an error if you click on it. We have the B0 number to keep track of though!#teampixel pic.twitter.com/w5Z09D28YESeptember 27, 2022

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According to these listings, the Pixel 7 will cost $599 while the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899, both of which are identical to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro starting prices. The leak doesn’t include any other region prices, but in the UK the current models cost £599 and £849, while in Australia they went for AU$999 and AU$1,299.

So it sounds like Google is planning on retaining the same prices for its new phones as it sold the old ones for, a move which doesn’t make much sense.


Analysis: same price, new world

Google’s choice to keep the same price points is a little curious when you consider that the specs leaks suggest these phones are virtually unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old tech for the same price as before.

Do bear in mind that the price of tech generally lowers over time, so you can readily pick up a cheaper Pixel 6 or 6 Pro right now, and after the launch of the new ones, the older models will very likely get even cheaper.

But there’s another key factor to consider in the price: $599 might be the same number in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with the changing global climate, like wars and flailing currencies and cost of living crises, it’s a very different amount of money.

Some people just won’t be willing to shell out the amount this year, that they may have been able to last year. But this speaks to a wider issue in consumer tech.

Google isn’t the only tech company to completely neglect the challenging global climate when pricing its gadgets: Samsung is still releasing super-pricey folding phones, and the iPhone 14 is, for some incomprehensible reason, even pricier than the iPhone 13 in some regions. 

Too few brands are actually catering to the tough economic times many are facing right now, with companies increasing the price of their premium offerings to counter rising costs, instead of just designing more affordable alternatives to flagships.

These high and rising prices suggest that companies are totally out of touch with their buyers, and don’t understand the economic hardship troubling many.

We’ll have to reach a breaking point sooner or later, either with brands finally clueing into the fact that they need to release cheaper phones, or with customers voting with their wallets by sticking to second-hand or refurbished devices. But until then, you can buy the best cheap phones to show that cost is important to you.

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He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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