Stranger Things will show ‘a lot of Vecna in the last two episodes’ after big identity reveal
Fans are eagerly awaiting the final two episodes of Stranger Things season 4 on Netflix, which airs Friday.
The fourth season has brought plenty of twists, turns, and plotline surprises — as well as the show’s most sinister villain yet: terrifying hero demon, Vecna, played by British actor Jamie Campbell Bower.
The mind-blowing finale revealed that Vecna’s true identity was Henry Creel, aka Number One, shocking viewers.
Coming soon: Fans eagerly await the final two episodes of Stranger Things season 4 on Netflix, arriving Friday
Now, celebrated makeup and visual effects artist Barrie Gower has teased what fans can expect from the second part of the season, which will consist of two full-length episodes.
Speak with metro.co.ukBarrie said: ‘I can’t really say too much without giving things away of course, but there’s a nod to what we’ve done in the last two episodes [in season four] right at the end of episode seven where we see that storyline of Jamie Campbell Bower as the authorizing officer and there’s the big reveal at the end of episode seven that we find out he’s clearly Vecna.”
“So his transformation at the end of that episode, as he sort of goes through the underworld to the Upside Down, that’s kind of a nod to where we might take him in the next episodes.”
Terrifying: The fourth season has brought many twists, turns and storyline surprises – as well as the most sinister villain yet: terrifying hero demon, Vecna, played by British actor Jamie Campbell Bower
Barrie teased, “Without giving too much away, there’s a lot of Vecna in the last two episodes, and there’s some pretty exciting stuff we’ve been able to do for it.”
He previously shared the inspiration behind Vecna in a video interview with Vanity Fairin which he also describes the arduous process of bringing the vision of the Duffer brothers’ directing duo to life.
Despite the show’s use of cutting-edge CGI and digital effects, Vecna relied on more traditional special FX techniques.
Jamie stunned fans when he revealed that he had to turn into the terrifying monster on set for more than seven hours every day.
Skilled: Now that celebrated makeup and visual effects artist Barrie Gower has teased what fans can expect from the second part of the season, which will consist of two full-length episodes
That process is now documented in a fascinating Netflix time lapse video revealing a taste of the lengthy and laborious techniques used to transform Jamie into Vecna.
In the video, Jamie sits for hours in a makeup chair while a team of artists carefully apply the pre-made prosthetics to his face, arms and body.
But according to Barrie, the arduous process of bringing Vecna to life for the small screen began long before the actor embarked on his transformation.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, the Emmy-winning prosthetic artist revealed that Stranger Things producers, brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, approached him to create their season four villain after seeing the work he and his team did for Game of Thrones – especially with the The Evil Demon from the HBO series, The Night King.
He added that the Duffer Brothers were also impressed with the radiation burns Barrie et al created for HBO’s Chernobyl and wanted to use those elements for their own “iconic” villain.
Trooper: Jamie stunned fans when he revealed he had to turn into the terrifying monster on set for more than seven hours every day
Attention to detail: Jamie took the opportunity to listen to music that inspired his character in the makeup trailer
After concept art was drafted by artist Michael Mayer, who also heads the VFX department, the Duffer Brothers and Barrie came to their final vision for Vecna — and the special effects artists began turning that image into a living, breathing sample.
Barrie recalled: “We were sent those designs and then we took a full body live cast of the actor Jamie Campbell Bower.
“From that point on we had a pretty big elaborate build to actually create the character, which we started with a full body live cast made of plaster from Paris.”
Daily routine: small holes were made in the ears so that the actor could hear through the costume
The team then performed a process called “floating,” in which Jamie’s plaster cast was submerged in a tank and painted with a soap product, before molding the Vecna detail in modeling clay.
The next stage was separating the sculpture from the modeling clay, requiring the entire mold to be sunk in water overnight.
Barrie explained that the process allowed the water to reactivate the soapy product so that the plasticine could “drift” and then be gently removed from the plaster in sections.
Iconic: Stranger Things producers, Matt and Ross Duffer, had approached Gower with the goal of creating their own version of Game of Thrones villain, The Night King.
There were about 25 overlapping prosthetics to create the entire character, which were injected with materials such as silicone foam latex.
It was decided that they would use full-body makeup rather than a pullover suit to ensure that the actor’s movements during filming wouldn’t create a bulking effect as the costume piled up.
To do this, they used medical grade silicone gel to make the prostheses, as it is soft enough to move and stretch while being worn by an actor.
In the Vecna costume, Jamie also wore foam latex prosthetic finger extensions on his left hand, causing the staff’s hands to cramp for minutes after the unveiling.
Unrecognizable: Gower joked: ‘There was nothing else we could get on Jamie’
Creepy: The team worked on several gruesome looks for the hit series
However, Barrie gushed about the fact that Jamie never complained about the pain or the time it took each day to glue his costume on.
The actor also wore dentures over his own teeth to create Vecna’s rotten look, as well as wearing full scleral contact lenses.
“There was nothing else we could get on Jamie,” Barrie joked.
While the Vecna costume was “90 percent practical,” the show used some animation effects to create moving tendrils on the villain’s body.
Aim High: The Duffer Brothers were determined to create their own iconic villain for the series
As for Vecna’s skin tone, the show features a special makeup palette designed by Premier Product that has used a range of colors inspired by different types of marine life and human bruises.
The first seven episodes of Stranger Things season four debuted on May 27, and part 2 of the series will premiere on July 1.
The eighth episode lasts one hour and 25 minutes, while the ninth episode lasts almost two and a half hours.
Fans of the series will no doubt hope that the final episodes reveal Vecna’s eventual demise – after seeing in the most recently released episodes of Part 1 how Jamie’s human character turned into the monster after being thrown into the Upside Down by Millie Bobby Brown’s character. Eleven .