Wild New Fan Theory Predicts Connection Between Stranger Things and Chernobyl

Jared Harris stars in Chernobyl (2019).
Jared Harris stars in Chernobyl (2019).

HBO's Chernobyl has been a major post-Game of Thrones triumph for the network (enough to make the miniseries the highest-rated TV show on IMDb). While it takes a few creative liberties with the real-life incident—a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on April 26, 1986—some fans seem to be watching the miniseries through pop culture-colored glasses and wondering if the events of Chernobyl could be impacting the storylines of other series set in the same decade. Case in point: the Redditor who is already predicting that the infamous disaster will be a key plot point in Stranger Things season 4.

Though the third season of Stranger Things won't even debut until next month, producer Shawn Levy has already confirmed that they're planning to make at least four seasons of the Netflix hit. Naturally, this has fans thinking ahead.

As Decider reports, Redditor Singular94 wrote that after watching Chernobyl and discovering that the third season of Stranger Things will take place in 1985, they believe the events of Chernobyl could line up well with the Netflix's series presumed fourth season, and might be written into the show: 

"Chernobyl could actually have a secret Russian lab just like Hawkins’ one, someone with powers connects to the [Upside Down] just like Eleven, and the opened gate would make the nuclear plant explode. Or maybe they would try to open a gate intentionally to the [Upside Down], but it doesn[’]t go as expected."

While the idea sounds pretty silly at first, the comments on the post are kind of convincing. Plus, fans had already noticed that on the Stranger Things IMDb page, characters were listed for season 3, but have since been altered, with titles such as “Russian soldier” and “Russian guard." Despite the possible connection between the two shows, we still have a whole season to get through to know anything for sure.

Stranger Things returns to Netflix on July 4.

[h/t Decider]

The Office Star Angela Kinsey Would Love to Do a Reunion Special

Emma McIntyre / Getty Images
Emma McIntyre / Getty Images

Whenever a classic TV show is brought back for a revival, it usually splits the fanbase in half. While some people are happy to see their favorite characters return, others are worried about the series coming back in lackluster fashion. And when it comes to the idea of a potential reboot of The Office, the series' cast is just as split.

Steve Carell has been very public about not wanting NBC to bring the show back, but Angela Kinsey is siding with co-stars John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and Ellie Kemper about welcoming a potential return to Scranton. The 48-year-old actress, who portrayed Angela Martin on the series, recently spoke with PopCulture.com, confirming she’d love to revisit the show.

"I would definitely be up for a reunion," Kinsey said. "I know a few cast members have talked about a special reunion episode to see where everyone is at. I would love that!"

Although many are torn on the idea of bringing The Office back, most fans would certainly be curious enoug to tune in and see what's going on with the Dunder Mifflin crew. Kinsey is no exception, saying, “I would love to know where these people are! I loved the show, I still love the show. I think it really holds up. I'm so thrilled that new audiences are finding it, so I would love that!"

Will it ever happen? It's hard to say. But while we wait to see if any official announcement is made, you can at least still binge The Office on Netflix and try to imagine what creepy thing Cousin Mose is doing these days.

[h/t PopCulture.com]

Harry Potter Fans Don’t Want to See the Movies Rebooted, Surprising No One

© 2011 Warner Bros. Harry Potter Publishing Rights (c) J.K. Rowling
© 2011 Warner Bros. Harry Potter Publishing Rights (c) J.K. Rowling

Although the Harry Potter franchise has one of the most dedicated fan bases in the world, that doesn’t mean fans are ready to see the series rebooted just yet. Yes, that would mean more movies to feed one’s obsession, but the general consensus is that it would be entirely too soon. Don’t believe us? A new poll might just prove it.

ComingSoon.net asked more than 2000 Potterheads if Warner Bros. should reboot the Harry Potter movie series, and a whopping 72 percent said they’re against it. The website also asked fans if reboots were made, how they should be done. Of those polled, 41 percent voted for it to be a direct sequel about Harry’s son, 35 percent voted for a spinoff TV series, 13 percent wanted another Fantastic Beasts spinoff, and a measly 11 percent showed support for a remake of all eight original films.

While it doesn’t look like a reboot will be in the works anytime soon (J.K. Rowling’s representatives just debunked a report about a TV series), that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for the future. Even star Daniel Radcliffe has entertained the idea, saying he believes he won’t be the last Potter portrayal he’ll see in his lifetime. But as long as Rowling and fans are against it, we probably won’t have to worry about it for a while.

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