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]

Golden Girls Prayer Candles Are a Great Way to Say 'Thank You for Being a Friend'

Amazon
Amazon

Golden Girls fans have a new piece of kitschy memorabilia to add to their collections. These prayer candles, featuring all four of the leading ladies, make the perfect gift for devoted followers of the show.

The set comes with four candles depicting each of the Girls: Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophia. Standing 8 inches tall, they come with enough wax to burn for 100 hours. The pack of four is available for a total price of $60 on Amazon.

Shopping for the Golden Girls fan in your life should be easy this holiday season. If pop culture prayer candles aren't their thing, you could buy them Golden Girls Monopoly, socks, or even Funko Pops inspired by the beloved sitcom. And if they'd appreciate something even more offbeat, this Halloween-themed "Golden Ghouls" shirt should do the trick.

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The First Full Trailer for The Crown Season 3 Is Here

Des Willie, Netflix
Des Willie, Netflix

Star Wars obsessives aren't the only people in for a trailer treat today: Nearly two years after the second season of The Crown debuted, the award-winning series about the early days of Queen Elizabeth II's reign is just weeks away from its return. And on Monday morning, Netflix released the first full trailer for The Crown's new season.

While we've known some of the basic details about the new season—like the time frame in which it takes place and that Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies would be taking over the roles of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip—this is the first in-depth glimpse we've gotten at what's in store for season 3.

The role duty plays in the lives of the British royal family appears to be an overarching theme, with the trailer showing the country in distress but each of the characters putting on a smiling face for the public. While Elizabeth and Philip's relationship will continue to take center stage in the pricey period drama, Princess Margaret (now played by Helena Bonham Carter) will struggle with her role of being the Queen's sister. And Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor) will have to choose between his love for Camilla Parker Bowles (played by Killing Eve writer Emerald Fennell) and his duty as the heir apparent to the throne.

Netflix will debut The Crown season 3 on November 17, 2019.

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