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14 Stranger Things Fan Theories So Convincing, They Just Might Spoil Season 3

Updated July 11, 2019 31.1k votes 4.9k voters 383.6k views14 items

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If you haven't blasted through Stranger Things 2 yet, then run to your TV or computer and fire up Netflix before reading any further. Spoilers and fan theories on Stranger Things 2 are up ahead. The second season of the smash-hit show premiered on October 27, 2017, inviting viewers back to the not-so-sleepy town of Hawkins and the eerie Upside Down. More characters were introduced, scads of monsters were thrown into the mix, and there was one hell of a final shot to ruminate on.

It's excruciating to wait for Season 3 to find out what happens next. But until then, you can dive into some fan theories about season 2 of Stranger Things to gather some clues and figure out what lies ahead for Eleven, Will, Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and the rest of the cast. The sleuths over at Reddit and avid watchers everywhere have come up with some truly crazy Stranger Things 2 theories for you to obsess over until the third season finally drops. Let's just hope poor Will can catch a break.  

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    The Upside Down Is In The Past

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    During the final scene, as the school flips over to reveal the Upside Down and the Mind Flayer, an eagle-eyed fan over at Elite Daily noticed something very peculiar. The cars change.

    That may sound innocuous, but it could be very telling of what's to come in Season 3. When Joyce and Hopper share a cigarette in the lot, you'll notice the cars are all '80s-era appropriate. But in the final shot in the Upside Down, the cars suddenly look like they're straight out of the '50s. 

    This isn’t the first time viewers have seen these old cars in the Upside Down; they briefly appeared in Season 1 when Joyce and Hopper were searching for Will on the streets in the Upside Down. Is the Upside Down in a different decade? And is it the same decade during which Joyce and Hopper attended Hawkins High?

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    There's More Than One Gate

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    Eleven closed the gate in the Season 2 finale, but chances are that won't be the case for long. She managed to find her way out of the Upside Down at the beginning of the season and came out into the school hallway. Who's to say there won't be a similar, slimy crevice for a monster to burst out of in Season 3?

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    Eleven's Mother Is Linked To The Upside Down

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    In the first season, Will used lights to communicate with his mother from the Upside Down. That suggests the Upside Down and electricity are linked somehow. Now think on how Eleven's mother, Terry, indicated to El that she wanted to talk by causing all the lights in her house to flicker. Could this mean that Terry is linked to the Upside Down? Maybe part of her is stuck there, and that's why she's practically comatose in the real world.

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    You'll See More Of Eleven's Sister And The Rest Of Her Family

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    While episode 7 proved fairly divisive among fans, it did confirm that Eleven is one of many kids with mysterious powers; presumably she's the eleventh in a long line of gifted children. El's sister Kali (number eight) has the power to alter people's perception of reality, and sees the potential of Eleven's ability to find people. Could Kali be returning to implore Eleven to help in her revenge quest?

    On top of that, you can assume there are at least nine other kids with powers out there. Will Eleven be meeting more of her "family" in the seasons to come?

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