The Duffer Brothers say Stranger Things 4 is the Game of Thrones season. There are various veterans from the fantasy drama among the cast – one of many is Joe Quinn.
He isn’t as well-known as Kit Harington or Emilia Clark. Still, he contributes to the fame: Quinn played a Winterfell guard giggling in disbelief at Arya Stark (Masie Williams) when she had a little reunion with her sister in the show’s last season.
“It was such good fun,” the actor said of that cameo in an interview with EW. “I was a big fan of the show. It was fun to have a sword and be in Winterfell. I remember thinking that was quite cool.”
Fans will be more familiar with Quinn’s face after the arrival of season 4 of Stranger Things this May 27. He comes to the town of Hawkins, Indiana, in the character of Eddie Munson, a lover of heavy metal and leader of the Hellfire Club, Hawkins High’s Dungeons and Dragons group that includes Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo).
“I don’t think it’s a part-time gig,” Quinn states of Eddie. “It’s a real lifestyle.”
Stranger Things is a different monster than Thrones. Instead of mythical serpents and desperate wolves, Quinn’s taking care of “Demogorgon.” However, the two are pretty comparable in the aspect of scope.
“Some of the stuff that we got to do…” he states before pausing, “… that I can’t talk about, was great.”
“There was one sequence in the woods. It was a night shoot. We got there, and the whole forest was lit up. It was so thrilling. There’s some sequences in it that are just…” he pauses once more. “It’s going to be massive, I think.”
While some of season 2, separated into two parts, are set in a California suburb and a Russian internment center, the Hawkins environment is a mix of “David Cronenberg genre horror and Scooby-Doo,” Quinn continues. “It’s weird. There’s this group of kids in the face of adversity and trying to get through it, but it’s dark.”
That ambiance comes from the new demo-bat around: Vecna. While the actor can’t discuss the details, we can sort out a couple of things. Vecna is the name of a vicious undead warlock from D&D who became so powerful he turned into a deified.
Eddie is a D&D master in Hawkins. So, no shock, he’s fundamentally engaged with the exceptional happenings concerning this animal from the Upside Down.
“The big threat in this season is a real wink to the great horror baddies of the past. I think people will really respond to it,” said Quinn. Stranger Things season 4 Volume I will air this May 27, with Volume II delivering July 1 on Netflix.