Everyone Is Obsessed With "Dear Billy" From "Stranger Things" Season 4, Especially The Last Five Minutes

    The Stranger Things episode "Dear Billy" is easily the best of the series thanks to Sadie Sink's masterful performance and "Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush.

    🚨 There are MASSIVE — and I mean MASSIVE — spoilers ahead for Stranger Things Season 4! 🚨

    After years of waiting, Stranger Things finally returned with Season 4, Vol. 1 on Netflix this week, and honestly, it was worth the wait.

    The first seven episodes of Season 4 pick up almost a year after the Battle of Starcourt, with Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Max (Sadie Sink), and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) trying to navigate high school, while Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Will (Noah Schnapp) are trying to fit in at their new school in California. Of course, this is Stranger Things, so the calm and "normal" doesn't last forever.

    Photos of the various teen characters at their respective schools

    Soon, Hawkins is once again under attack, this time by Vecna, a creature from the Upside Down who is killing people in a very brutal way. Like, the end of Season 4, Episode 1 proved that this show has now taken a hard turn into the horror genre, and I am so excited for it.

    A scary-looking humanoid monster says "It's time for your suffering to end" while raising a clawed arm at a scared girl

    With Vecna threatening Hawkins, Lucas, Dustin, Steve (Joe Keery), Nancy (Natalia Dyer), Robin (Maya Hawke), and Max team up to try and stop him, and it's the best team-up the series has given us. Then, things take a very real turn when Max is Vecna's next victim.

    Max coming to the realization that she only has 24 hours to live

    This leads into the episode "Dear Billy," which, in my opinion, is one of the best episodes of Stranger Things to date. As of right now, it's one of the highest rated episodes of the series on IMDb.

    Max floating in the air as her friends recoil in shock

    Directed by Shawn Levy and written by Paul Dichter, "Dear Billy" follows Max as she comes to terms with possibly dying at the hands of Vecna, and this leads to her writing letters to all the important people in her life.

    Max saying the letters are a failsafe in case things don't work out, then saying she doesn't want assurances that they will work out

    The entire episode brilliantly leads up to an emotional performance from Sadie Sink, which starts when Max sits in front of Billy's grave and reads the letter she wrote for him. Y'all, I was very much weeping on my couch.

    Max giving a speech at Billy's grave, saying she imagines herself saving his life and them becoming friends, like a real brother and sister

    Then, "Dear Billy" takes a turn to the pure horror that this season perfectly delivers, when Vecna gets a hold of Max and tries to kill her. Again, Sadie Sink just knocks it out of the park as Max is trying desperately to escape.

    Max is trapped by Vecna and the world has turned red and desolate

    The final moments culminate when the crew learns that Max's favorite song could save her from Vecna, and "Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush starts playing and ultimately saves Max. These last five minutes of "Dear Billy" are incredible, from the acting to the directing to the writing to the music choice.

    Max telling Vecna he's not really there, Vecna insisting that he is, and "Running Up That Hill" starts playing

    After Stranger Things 4 dropped on Netflix, "Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush quickly shot to No. 1 on iTunes and is charting on Spotify's Top 200. The 1985 track originally reached the top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100.

    Speaking about Max's big episode, Sadie Sink told Netflix, "[Max's] been wanting to give up. ... But her friends show up for her, and I think that's what really helps her. She is someone in a lot of pain. To see her go on this journey and then even more painful circumstances, but still choose to fight the good fight and be a team player, and also just continue on for herself as well — that's really inspiring."

    Max's friends saying they thought they'd lost her, and her saying she's still here

    In terms of filming, Sadie said, "The running bit actually must have been five takes of me running, like, 25 yards that they just cut together to make it look like I was running a lot further. But really it was just like one little square of murky, bloody water." Also, she wrote Max's goodbye letter to Billy in a script-print "hybrid," which is a mix of her own script handwriting and what the Stranger Things team thought Max's would look like.

    Max sprinting through the red and desolate world while covered in blood

    And on top of Max's storyline, "Dear Billy" also features a perfectly creepy performance by iconic actor Robert Englund, who is best known for playing Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.

    Robert playing a character with his eyes scarred shut

    Basically, while binge-watching Stranger Things 4 Vol 1., fans and director Shawn Levy quickly shared their love for "Dear Billy," especially Sadie Sink's performance and everyone's newfound love of "Running Up That Hill':

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    Stranger Things fans after watching Dear Billy:

    @NetflixUK / Netflix / Via Twitter: @NetflixUK

    Our work here is done 🙃❤️ https://t.co/qSmT4mnRrh

    @ShawnLevyDirect / Via Twitter: @ShawnLevyDirect

    Overwhelmed by all your kind words about “Dear Billy”. From the moment the Duffers gave me the outline, I knew this episode could be something really special. Enjoy the BTS (and yes, that is Sadie up on the wires !)

    @ShawnLevyDirect / Via Twitter: @ShawnLevyDirect

    dear billy has completely destroyed me.

    @thinkermaxine / Netflix / Via Twitter: @thinkermaxine

    Emmy for @SadieSink, or else! Wow #StrangerThings

    @_JulianHilliard / Via Twitter: @_JulianHilliard

    manifesting sadie sink getting a emmy for her outstanding performance in dear billy.

    @BVCKLEYSFILMS / Netflix / Via Twitter: @BVCKLEYSFILMS


    @tewkstogo / Via Twitter: @tewkstogo

    dear billy is genuinely the best episode in the entirety of stranger things, i was on the edge of my seat the whole time. the last 5 minutes? masterpiece. the incorporation of running up that hill? incredible. sadie sink? emmy award worthy #StrangerThings4

    @actuallyeman / Via Twitter: @actuallyeman

    The “Dear Billy” episode is Stranger Things 4 was phenomenal. Maybe my favorite episode of the entire series.

    @ImAlwaysRoland / Via Twitter: @ImAlwaysRoland

    dear billy has to be your favorite episode from stranger things season 4. sadie sink portrayed her character so well i’m in shock 😮‍💨 hands down #StrangerThings4

    @lazzzyash / Netflix / Via Twitter: @lazzzyash

    still not emotionally recovered from Sadie Sink's performance in episode 4 "Dear Billy" #StrangerThings4

    @NetflixGeeked / Tina Rowden / Netflix / Via Twitter: @NetflixGeeked

    me in the last 5 mins of dear billy simultaneously crying and loving the music #StrangerThings4 #episode4 #dearbilly

    @booobeaaa / Via Twitter: @booobeaaa

    Me hearing the “Run Up that Hill” by Kate Bush on Dear Billy episode from #StrangerThings4

    @harpstrings_07 / Nickelodeon / Via Twitter: @harpstrings_07

    i just have to say the inclusion of kate bush’s running up that hill (a deal with god) in stranger things 4 episode 4 changed the trajectory of my life and permanently altered my brain chemistry thank you kate bush thank you sadie sink

    @gob1inatrix / Via Twitter: @gob1inatrix

    Imagine dying coz your friends don't know your favourite song #strangerthings

    @Obstikhal / Via Twitter: @Obstikhal

    “dear billy” being one of the best episodes this season, the little montage of max’s memories made me cry so much, the running scene whilst running up that hill was playing a MASTERPIECE. #StrangerThings4

    @fioredisoles / Via Twitter: @fioredisoles

    give her fcking superpowers in s5 and she's gonna take it to next level beyond expectations of us all, dear billy my favourite episode because max completely ATE it <3 #StrangerThings #StrangerThings4

    @rehkeepsnoising / Netflix / Via Twitter: @rehkeepsnoising

    For those of you who don't understand why #DearBilly made such an impact in #StrangerThings4 Max chose to live. This girl who had been living with guilt, depression, unaliving thoughts, self-isolation, and hopelessness saw the light at the end of the tunnel and ran for it. 1/3

    @camille_myrick / Via Twitter: @camille_myrick

    That scene at the end of dear billy... I was shocked at the weight of the metaphors. It had me up and wishing Max made it like my life depended on it. What a beautiful illustration of how brave you have to be to keep living through trauma and loss #StrangerThings

    @Shipposaur / Via Twitter: @Shipposaur

    #StrangerThings4 spoilers max has been alone in life for so long and at the end of dear billy she finally realised she’s not and that she does have a family and that is everything to me

    @filmsadies / Via Twitter: @filmsadies

    knowing that max also wrote a farewell letter for steve cause he is part of the most important people in her life means so much to me #StrangerThings

    @lovmunson / Netflix / Via Twitter: @lovmunson

    sadie sink deserves ALL the awards for that final scene in episode 4- #StrangerThings #StrangerThings4

    @sugarysaturn / Via Twitter: @sugarysaturn

    i will give every bone in my body to read what max wrote to lucas in the letter #StrangerThings

    @dynastysrina / Via Twitter: @dynastysrina

    In conclusion:

    i feel like as soon as i recover from vol 1, vol 2 is gonna drop and break me into 3 million pieces #StrangerThings

    @bvckystjames / Via Twitter: @bvckystjames

    What did you think of "Dear Billy" and Stranger Things Season 4 overall? Tell us everything in the comments below!