The following article contains spoilers for Stranger ThingsSeason 4, Volume 2, streaming now on Netflix.
Stranger Things' use of Metallica's "Master of Puppets" has earned a ringing endorsement from the legendary metal band itself.
On Instagram, Metallica shared the intense sequence from Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 2 in which Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) plays the intro to "Master of Puppets," at which point the licensed version of the song kicks in. "The way [series creators] The Duffer Brothers have incorporated music into Stranger Things has always been next level, so we were beyond psyched for them to not only include 'Master of Puppets' in the show, but to have such a pivotal scene built around it," Metallica wrote.
"We were all stoked to see the final result and when we did we were totally blown away... it's so extremely well done, so much so, that some folks were able to guess the song just by seeing a few seconds of Joseph Quinn's hands in the trailer!! How crazy cool is that?" the band continued. "It's an incredible honor to be such a big part of Eddie's journey and to once again be keeping company with all of the other amazing artists featured in the show."
"Master of Puppets" is, of course, the title track of the 1986 album of the same name -- which is noteworthy, as Stranger Things' fourth season jumps the series forward to 1986. Metallica's third studio album and the last to feature the late, great Cliff Burton on bass, Master of Puppets was originally released on March 3, 1986, featuring such other songs as "Battery," "The Thing That Should Not Be" and "Disposable Heroes."
So Let It Be Written, So Let It Be Done
Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 1 -- consisting of the season's first seven episodes -- dropped on Netflix earlier this year on May 27. Season 4, Volume 2 -- consisting of the season's final two episodes -- followed suit on July 1. The fan-favorite sci-fi horror drama has been renewed for a fifth season on Netflix, which will be its last. While it remains to be seen when Stranger Things Season 5 will drop, series star David Harbour predicts a 2024 release window. "I think we'll [shoot] next year," Harbour said. "They're finishing writing it this year, and they need to prep and stuff, so hopefully it'll be this year. But I think that's the plan. So it'd probably come out mid-2024, based on our track record."
The entirety of Stranger Things Season 4 is currently streaming on Netflix. Season 5 does not yet have a premiere date.