5 Wild Stranger Things Fan Theories

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Though Netflix recently announced that Stranger Things will be coming back for a third season on July 4, 2019, that still leaves fans with a bit of time to kill between now and their official return to Hawkins, Indiana. Which gives them ample opportunity to speculate on the wild turns the new season might take. Here are five of our favorite Stranger Things fan theories.

1. Stranger Things and It Takes Place in the Same Universe. 

Over the past two seasons, Stranger Things viewers have noticed multiple references to Stephen King's novels in the show. And even though It has never been directly referenced, one scene in particular from the second season cements a popular theory that Stranger Things and It take place in the same universe. In Season 2, Bob tells Will about a clown he used to have dreams about when he was a kid—and this clown sounds awfully similar to Pennywise. Maybe there's a chance for both of Finn Wolfhard's characters to crossover? 

2. Chief Hopper's Daughter Was a Lab Experiment.

There has been lots of speculation over the death of Chief Hopper's daughter, Sara. Viewers began to notice distinct similarities in the handrails in the scenes where Hopper finds a wounded Dr. Sam Owens and where Hopper breaks down crying in the first season after the death of his daughter. David Harbour, who plays Hopper, partially confirmed the theory in a recent interview, stating that, "Yes, it is the same location. So that's interesting. Or it's a similar location."

3. The Next Person to Die Will Have a Name Starting With the Letter B.

Natalia Dyer, Chelsea Talmadge, Chester Rushing, Joe Keery, and Shannon Purser in Stranger Things
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If you've paid attention to some of the deaths in the show, most of the non-villain characters who have died had names that began with the letter "B." Benny Hammond. Barb Holland. Bob Newby. Coincidence? Maybe, but maybe the Duffer Brothers had this plan in mind when creating the show.  

4. Papa is not actually dead (and he'll appear in Season 3).

This is one theory we hope isn't true, but it's fairly plausible. Dr. Brenner, also known as Papa, was the mastermind behind the experiments occurring in Hawkins. Ray Carroll, former Department of Energy agent in the show, claimed in the most recent season that Brenner was still alive. In 2017, executive producer Shawn Levy told Collider that the character is not dead. So there's a real chance that we haven't seen the last of the evil doctor.

5. Bob is Alive, But Now He's a Vampire. 

Season 1 brought nostalgia to fans of The Goonies. The show did not shy away from the comparisons, and went full meta by casting Goonies lead Sean Astin in season two as Bob Newby, Joyce's love interest. The character was a favorite with fans until his unfortunate demise at the hands of the Demodogs. But one Redditor believes the attack did not kill him, because Bob is actually a vampire with evil intentions. And not just any vampire—"He is the Head Vampire," ChaoticNeutralUK wrote. "Bob wants the under to take over the world so darkness can reign." This one's not that out there; after all, Bob did give Will some strange advice about the Mind Flayer.

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

Watch the Stranger Things Cast Recap the First Two Seasons in 15 Minutes

Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
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While we can't wait for the third season of Stranger Things to premiere next month, many of us have also probably forgotten what happened in the series' first two seasons—especially the tiniest of details, which might prove to be significant in the upcoming episodes. Coming up with fan theories can get difficult when we can’t remember everything, but watching all 17 episodes before July 4 isn't feasible for everyone. That's why this new video, in which the cast of the Netflix hit provides the ultimate recap, is a lifesaver.

The video features Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), and Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler) recalling all the key moments of seasons 1 and 2, in just over 15 minutes.

The actors first go through the main characters of the series, explaining how each of them are intertwined, such as Hawkins's sheriff Jim Hopper, and Nancy's then-boyfriend Steve Harrington. They introduce the Upside Down, which Will was trapped in during the majority of the first season, resulting in his mom Joyce relying on a few nontraditional strategies to get him back. The cast also explains who Eleven is and how she's able to help get Will back.

The recap pinpoints all the major moments of the first season, and then goes into the second season, where everything in Hawkins appears to be normal again. The latest season, as the cast recalls, explores Eleven's backstory and introduces new characters like Max Mayfield, Billy Hargrove, Bob Newby, and sadly, the baby Demogorgon named D'Artagnan. The video concludes with the school Snowball dance, but things don't exactly end on a happy note, as the season's final moments show a monster is still very present in Hawkins.

As action-packed as Stranger Things is, a recap like this is truly a must. We'll rewatch it a few times before season 3 debuts on July 4.

[h/t Highsnobiety]

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