Joseph Quinn Reflects on Heroic ‘Stranger Things’ Arc, That Metallica Solo and Eddie’s Ending

Joseph Quinn had no idea what the plan was for Eddie Munson when he joined Netflix's "Stranger Things" — but he knew he was excited to be part of a show he had watched from Season 1.
He'd also have an epic performance that got everyone talking. Little did he know that the bad-boy “Hellfire Club” leader obsessed with heavy metal would become a fan favorite.
"We had a sort of black-belt heavy metal guitarist take us through the solo, because that wasn't going to happen! By no means was I a virtuoso, but when it came time to shoot it, I was able to get through it," says Quinn. It was an amazing experience." "I was lucky that I had learned guitar when I was younger, so I had the foundation. I couldn't do that, but I could do the rest of it, which is lucky.
"The Duffer Brothers told me that I would be in at least four episodes, but I wasn't optioned for another season, so I thought maybe if I did all right, they might invite me back. That didn't work, clearly! I'll dust myself off!" "I was told very little at the beginning," Quinn, 29, tells Variety. So they killed me, but that's OK, I guess.
While Quinn is 10 years older than Matarazzo, it wasn't difficult at all to form a bond with him, which clearly came across on screen.
"For a lot of the crew, it was the first time that we all felt like we were in a live music environment since the beginning of the pandemic," says Quinn. "It was great fun to be able to do that with Gaten." It was also a special experience for those on set.
It was a really, really long time — and that's a great problem to have," he says. Joe [Keery] and I drank a lot of La Croix, sitting around talking. As for what the cast did in their free time, it was pretty simple: "We played a lot of Spy, me and the gang. "Everyone's stamina was put to the test; it was a very long shoot. We'd just try and make each other laugh and mess around." That was the hardest part — just to stay invested emotionally and spiritually, stay in that world and connected because you don't want to do anything half-ass.
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watched Season 4 of “Stranger Things,” now streaming on Netflix.
Quinn quips, "Here's hoping."” /> While Eddie's current story is done, there's always a possibility of seeing him in flashbacks in the fifth and final season.
"Everyone thought he did a great job." "Joseph did take time to learn the guitar riff, and was actually playing along to a guide track," she says. Music supervisor Nora Felder confirmed that it was Quinn playing and that Metallica was very happy with it.
Since the penultimate season of "Stranger Things" debuted last month, it's been trending on social media and making a huge splash on Netflix. Eddie's "Chrissy, wake up!" scene has become a very popular audio to use on TikTok. While Quinn tries to stay off social media, he has seen that.
"It's hilarious," he says, noting that he loves how passionate the audience is, because the cast and crew put in a lot of hard work for the intense season.
In the Season 4 finale, in order to distract the demobats, Eddie and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) plan a metal concert — and for a bit, it actually works. The scene consists of Eddie standing on top of his trailer in the Upside Down, absolutely crushing the instrumental version of Metallica’s “Master of Puppets."
"It's pretty easy if you actually like the person," Quinn says. "He's a lovely man, and a brilliant actor, and I really value that time that we got to spend together on those scenes building up to that last one — and the last one itself. It was a real privilege."

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