New Stranger Things Theory Claims Season 3 Monster is Actually Billy Hargrove

Netflix
Netflix

The official Stranger Things season 3 trailer was released this week to much fanfare, as we finally got a glimpse at what the Hawkins gang will be up against in the highly-anticipated new episodes.

While the action-packed trailer may have dispelled a few fan theories, it also launched a litany of more speculation about the Netflix series. A new theory, as reported by PopSugar, argues that one villainous character is more than just your average antagonist.

Near the end of the trailer, fans are introduced to a new monster, seemingly a replacement for the Demogorgon that wreaked havoc in the Upside Down and eventually the town in the previous two seasons. The appearance of the new, frightening creature left plenty of fans confused and frightened.

However, this new theory argues that while the monster looks totally unfamiliar, it’s not necessarily a new character. There’s a chance that Billy Hargrove—the callous bully and brother of Max, who was introduced to us in season two—is actually this scary creature.

The trailer reveals Billy has found a job as a lifeguard at Hawkins Pool. And while many viewers were focused on his abs as he strutted around, the theory takes note of the shot of Billy in the shower with a troubled look on his face as he examines some kind of red and black growth developing on his left forearm.

So, how did the nasty growth blossom? Well, the theory mentions the rat imagery and footage of rats running through a warehouse. And since rats can carry diseases, the theorist asks:

“What if the rats living underground in Hawkins got into those tunnels that Hopper and the kids were wandering around in under the pumpkin patch in season two are now carrying an infectious, Upside Down-borne illness?”

The red and black shades of Billy’s infection resemble the slimy vines that are in the Upside Down, so this isn’t a stretch. Moreover, the theory points out the close-up shot of Billy’s eye in the trailer, which has black tendrils reaching across his eyeball toward an extremely dilated pupil. This suggests he’s going through some type of transformation.

In the trailer, the monster appears to grow larger and larger in the hallway of a hospital, as Jonathan looks on in fear. “Judging from the way it expands on screen … it seems like whatever it is, it’s transforming from a human body into the creature that we see roar a few seconds later,” the theory reads.

They go on to hypothesize that Billy goes to the hospital to get his infection treated, but by the time he gets there, he has been overtaken by the demon creature.

This theory may sound a bit out there, but there’s definitely some visual evidence to back it up. We still have plenty of time to debate the matter, though. The new season of Stranger Things doesn't drop until July 4, 2019.

Out of Print's Retro Star Wars T-Shirts Pay Homage to an '80s Reading Campaign

Out of Print
Out of Print

If only Luke had known that he could use a book to channel The Force, it might have saved him a whole lot of hassle. Online retailer Out of Print has united two nerdy camps—readers and Star Wars lovers—with its latest collection of retro-inspired T-shirts.

One shirt features Yoda with the text, “Read and The Force is with you.” A Princess Leia tee says, “Read: It’s our only hope,” while one of Darth Vader says, “Read: Use the power of The Force.”

A Star Wars t-shirt
Out of Print

If the graphics look familiar, it’s because they’re from the American Library Association’s Star Wars-themed READ campaign, which first emerged in 1983 with a poster of Yoda holding a book.

“Star Wars is a vehicle to help support and excite young readers,” Todd Lawton, Out of Print’s co-founder, told StarWars.com. “That’s perfectly in line with our mission and we feel that the world’s a better place if people are reading more books. So when you see a character like Yoda or Darth Vader presented in a way that’s supporting this love of reading and the importance of reading, we want to show that and celebrate that as well.”

An Out of Print T-shirt featuring Darth Vader
Out of Print

The shirts are priced at $28 or $30 apiece, depending on whether it’s a classic unisex T-shirt or relaxed fit tee. Kids’ shirts are also available for $20 each.

Out of Print is also selling a Little Golden Books collection of Star Wars hardcovers, including A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and an anthology with seven books in one. For more literary-inspired apparel, totes, accessories, and more, check out the company's website.

New Game of Thrones Theory Predicts That the Night King Won't Be at the Battle of Winterfell

HBO
HBO

Game of Thrones is gearing up for the biggest battle the show has ever seen: At Winterfell, Gendry is forging weapons made of dragonglass, Brienne is training soldiers, and Jon is going through an existential crisis. No one knows who will live or die (or if anyone will live at all).

The White Walkers are very close to Winterfell, but where is their leader? At the end of season 8's second episode, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," we saw the frontline of White Walkers leading the wights toward Winterfell, but the Night King was nowhere to be seen. We know that the Night King is soaring through the air on Viserion somewhere, but what if his plan doesn't include making an appearance at the battle at all?

As Mashable reported, fans on Reddit have already started predicting that the Night King won't show up for the fight. They believe that he will use the battle as a distraction and that, while his army is attacking Winterfell, he'll fly to King's Landing instead.

The basic argument here is that the Night King is not stupid. He knows that it would be easy for Daenerys's two remaining dragons to fly up to the recently resurrected Viserion and breathe fire on him to kill him. So why not attack another, unguarded target?

"If you have a super weapon that you can't use against a particular target, then you find a different target," one Redditor explained.

So while everyone is expecting him to show up at Winterfell, the Night King could instead be flying to King's Landing in order to kill everyone there and create yet another army of the dead in the south—an army that whoever survives the battle in the north will ultimately have to conquer.

There are a couple of scenes in previous seasons that add some credence to this theory: In season 4, Bran had a series of visions which all came true—except the one where he sees a destroyed throne room and the shadow of a dragon pass over. This could have been the Night King on Viserion, instead of Daenerys and her dragons (as was previously believed). In season 2, Daenerys also had a vision where the throne room was destroyed and covered in snow.

While it does seem like a reasonable theory, we won't know for sure until next week, when audiences will finally witness what is being touted as the biggest battle in Game of Throneshistory.

[h/t Mashable]

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