Joseph Quinn’s <em>Stranger Things</em> Fame Saved Him From Being Detained

Fans of Eddie Munson, the standout new character in Stranger Things 4, just wanted the poor guy to catch a break. The D&D-playing Hellfire Club leader was unfairly persecuted by both law enforcement and the residents of Hawkins, and so cries of “leave Eddie alone!” were a common refrain among viewers.

While Eddie was very much public enemy number one for the entire season, in a curious case of life imitating art actor Joseph Quinn found that at least one member of the authorities in real life is much more sympathetic to Eddie’s plight. During a recent appearance on The Tonight Show, Quinn—who hails from the UK—recalled how he was detained at an airport on his way back to the States, and very nearly missed his late night debut.

“I very nearly didn’t make it,” Quinn told Jimmy Fallon. “I was taken into, I guess what you could call it more of a dungeon. And I was asked to wait there for about 20 minutes and then I was summoned to this desk where someone asked me, ‘What are you doing in the United States, sir?’ I said, ‘I’m actually here to meet Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. And he didn’t believe me.”

Fortunately, the breakout star had a fan in the room.

“One of his colleagues looked over at him, looked at me, and said: ‘Leave Eddie alone!'” Quinn aded. “And then he said, ‘It’s Eddie from Stranger Things, and he was like, ‘You’re Eddie Munson?'” The immigration officer reportedly then asked Quinn if Eddie is going to return in Season 5 of the show. “I was like, ‘I don’t know,'” Quinn said. “He said, ‘You better,’ and gave me my passport.”

While Quinn may claim not to know what the future holds for his characters, the Stranger Things showrunners do. After the Season 4 finale dropped on Netflix, the Duffer Brothers confirmed that while Eddie Munson was certainly a beloved character, his fate is final.

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