After three long years, Stranger Things finally returned to Netflix on Friday 27 May for the volume 1 of its new series.
Fans went into the series with lots of questions following season three, and the Duffer Brothers, who created the show, promised that this series would be the season of answers.
One thing the show is known for is bringing new characters that the fans quickly grow to love. This season they announced more new additions than ever.
However, one character remained a mystery. The character of Peter Ballard was announced to be played by Jamie Campbell Bower, and very little was known about him until the new episodes dropped.
The announcement of the character came with a vague description of “a caring man who works as an orderly at a psychiatric hospital. Tired of the brutality he witnesses day after day, will Peter finally take a stand?"
So, who is Jamie Campbell Bower?
Here’s everything you need to know about the actor and the character he places on Stranger Things 4.
When is Stranger Things 4 coming to Netflix?
Stranger Things announced that the newest season would be split into volumes.
The first volume dropped on Friday 27 May, and the second volume is scheduled for release on Friday 1 July.
The final two episodes are set to clock in at around four hours of content all together. The first seven episodes clocked in at almost nine hours.
Usually the episodes of previous seasons have been under an hour or close to, but this season there isn’t one episode that is under an hour.
Who is Jamie Campbell Bower?
Jamie Campbell Bower is an actor from London.
He has featured in films such as Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Twilight and The Mortal Instruments, so is no stranger
Who is Vecna?
Vecna is the big bad of season 4. In theme with the rest of the show, the characters rely on the popular game Dungeons and Dragons to help decipher what is going on, and put names to the horrifying villains they encounter.
In Dungeons and Dragons, Vecna is described as one of the greatest villains in Dungeons & Dragons.
The character originally from the World of Greyhawk campaign setting, Vecna was described as a powerful wizard who became a lich.
Bower revealed that he played the humanoid character for the whole show: “Yyeah, that’s me doing the voice under the prosthetics. It’s all me.”
“Ninety percent is practical. The only thing that is not practical are the vines moving on the neck. The voice was an interesting thing. It took me a minute to get that.”
What is the connection of the Creel house?
Throughout the promotion of the show the Creel house was tipped to play a huge part in the new series. Although, nobody really knew why.
The show cast Robert Englund of Freddie Kruge fame, as a previous owner Victor Creel whose family had been struck by the evil within the home.
In the final episode of volume one it was revealed that it was Victor’s son, Henry, a character that was always in the background, who was behind the tragic attacks on the Creel family.
It is later revealed that 001 at Hawkins Lab who seemed to help 011, was Henry Creel, who later becomes Vecna after his first standoff with 011.
This shocked many viewers given we had already had a description of Bowers character. He spoke on the mislead: “I have no idea where the name Peter Ballard came from.”
“I can only apologize to fans of the show for being part of such a massive red herring. I remember seeing it and being like, "Okay, guys. Cheers! That’s going to be a tough one if anybody asks me, but I’ll just go with the party line."
It’s unknown as of yet whether it was the home that was cursed and gave Henry his abilities, but fans are hopeful they will find out more.
What is Stranger things?
Stranger Things is a science fiction horror television show created by the Duffer Brothers for the streaming service Netflix.
The series first premiered on 15 July in 2016. The show is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980’s.
The Duffer Brothers put a heavy focus on infusing the show with pop culture of that decade from using Back to the Future and Star Wars as props to using the decade’s most popular songs like Whip It by DEVO.
Stranger Things has attracted record viewership on Netflix and gained an international fanbase almost overnight.