Now that 99% of genre fans have had time to absorb all of Stranger Things Season 2, the Internet is awash in fan theories speculating what could happen in Season 3 and beyond. While series creators Ross and Matt Duffer are being relatively tight-lipped regarding the series’ future, savvy internet detectives have been assembling clues, making postulations, and sparking passionate debates.
Our friends at Looper have assembled a video list of 8 Stranger Things fan theories that just might be true. Even the outlandish postulations actually carry some weight! Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section. Which of these theories do you think is most plausible? Do you have any Stranger Things theories of your own? Let’s discuss!
If you can’t stream, the 8 theories are listed and briefly summarized below the video. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Any show with a following as massive as Stranger Things is going to have fans throwing theories around, and over the last two seasons, viewers have scrambled for answers to a number of questions. Some involve the mysteries of the Upside Down. Others tackle Eleven’s origins. And some are just predictions of where future seasons may take some fan favorite characters. Plenty of these ideas are just plain wacky. So, let’s take a look at some of the Stranger Things fan theories that may end up being accurate…
Steve Harrington (played by Joe Keery) from Stranger Things is actually the father of Jean-Ralphio (played by Ben Schwartz) from Parks and Recreation.
Hopper’s (David Harbour) daughter isn’t dead; her death was a cover for her kidnapping, similar to the story of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).
Eleven actually is Hopper’s Daughter.
Hopper plans to recruit Steve to be his deputy.
The Upside Down isn’t an alternate dimension—it’s the future!
Hopper and/or Dustin (played by Gaten Matarazzo) are the “Mind Flayer’s” new spies.
Season 3 will take place after a significant “time jump”.
There will be a spin-off featuring Eleven’s “Lost Sister” Kali aka Eight (played by Linnea Berthelsen).
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Official Synopsis: Joyce (Winona Ryder), is attempting to make things stable for Will and his brother, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and she is dating an old high school classmate, Bob (The Goonies’ Sean Astin). “She’s trying to mask a lot,” explains Ryder. “I think she’s made this choice with Bob because she wants a good father figure in her sons’ lives.”
Meanwhile, Hopper (David Harbour) is attempting to keep all the events of last season, like the disappearance of Barb, a secret in order to protect Joyce and the kids. “It kind of falls on Hopper to be the voice of authority to say, ‘This did happen and this didn’t happen,’” says Harbour. “He’s struggling with the compromise that takes him to, having to lie and cover things up.” Siblings Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Mike are also much changed and mourning the (seeming) deaths of friends Barb and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). “She and Mike are both the most screwed-up because they’re the ones who both lost someone,” says co-creator Ross Duffer. “They’re both grappling with that, and we see the effects.”
Shaking up the dynamics in Hawkins is the arrival of another brother-sister duo, Billy (Dacre Montgomery) and Max (Sadie Sink). While Max becomes pals with the boys and attracts romantic interest from Lucas and Dustin (played by actors Caleb McLaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo), Billy doesn’t exactly make friends. Teases Matt Duffer, “Stephen King always has really great human villains. The evil in the real world is often as bad or worse than the supernatural evil, so we wanted to introduce a character like that.”
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