‘Stranger Issues’ Season 2 Confirms All Your Strangest Theories

Warning! Spoilers forward for “Stranger Issues 2.”

For over a 12 months, all we’ve been capable of do is sit round, speculate and theorize like a bunch of mouth-breathers. However no extra. “Stranger Issues” Season 2 is right here!

Though we seemingly mentioned goodbye to a lot of well-liked theories, similar to those claiming Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) was the Monster or that Barb (Shannon Purser) was nonetheless alive, the present confirmed a few of your favourite and strangest concepts.

Earlier than the brand new season hit Netflix, the Duffer Brothers mentioned they have been a little bit frightened about how carefully some folks have been attending to the reality. Now we all know why. 

The Upside Down is the actual monster.

Season 2 teaches us that the Upside Down, the monster and its minions are all linked. They’re a part of one factor. As Gaten Matarazzo explains on the “Stranger Issues” after-show, “Past Stranger Issues,” the Upside Down is the precise monster making an attempt to take over the human world.

(Shoutout to my colleague, Jill, who was doubtful of this principle when I requested the Duffer Brothers about it at San Diego Comedian-Con over summer season. What’s up now, Jill? Hiya? Jill? This simply in, Jill in all probability doesn’t care. What the pair of us do agree on is that if folks can have Reese’s for breakfast, something is feasible.)

Will turns into evil.


One of the well-liked theories from Season 1 was that Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) can be affected by his keep within the Upside Down, and presumably turn out to be a monster.

Congrats, peeps. This turned out to be 100 p.c right.

In Season 2, Will consistently experiences flashes of the Upside Down, with an enormous shadow monster seemingly stalking him. He then will get some recommendation from his mother’s boyfriend, Bob Newby (Sean Astin), to face as much as his fears. This recommendation is horrible.

Will does as Bob says, turns into possessed and turns right into a spy for the monster. On “Past Stranger Issues,” it was revealed that in an early draft of the script Will was even going to kill Bob. So yeah, nice recommendation, Bob.

The slug Will coughed up is a child Demogorgon.

Although the actors have been a little bit hesitant to verify this on the after-show, it appears fairly obvious that the slug Will coughed up on the finish of “Stranger Issues” Season 1 was Demogorgon spawn, or at the least a child Demodog.

After listening to some noises coming from a trash can, Dustin (Matarazzo) checks it out and finds the same creature inside. He affectionately names the slug Dart. Dart finally ends up molting right into a Demodog and killing Dustin’s cat, Mews. The connection with Dart later turns out to be useful for Dustin, however strive telling that to Mews. Oh wait, you’ll be able to’t. #JusticeForMews.

Nancy and Jonathan get collectively.


Duh. (Sorry, Steve Harrington.)

The monster is a Thoughts Flayer.

Although a Dungeons & Dragons monster known as the Thessalhydra was talked about within the Season 1 finale, there was a whole lot of hypothesis about different monsters the Season 2 nemesis might mirror.

Amongst these guesses was the Thoughts Flayer, which turned out to be proper.

Not like the Demogorgon, which principally corresponds to the Dungeons & Dragons monster in its title alone, the present’s Thoughts Flayer is a extra correct illustration of the Thoughts Flayer in D&D, taking management of different creatures and making them do its bidding.  

There are extra take a look at topics.


There’s a motive Eleven isn’t named One. 

Proper firstly of Season 2, we’re launched to Kali (Linnea Berthelsen), a personality who we study has a “008” tattoo, in addition to psychic talents. Reasonably than transfer issues along with her thoughts, Kali could make folks see issues that aren’t there.

Like Eleven, she was additionally saved at Hawkins Lab. Not like Eleven, she’s out to homicide all of the individuals who did her flawed. 

Steve Harrington is Jean-Ralphio’s father, possibly …

The perfect principle from “Stranger Issues” ― that Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) is the daddy of Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) from “Parks and Recreation” ― isn’t precisely confirmed in Season 2. Nevertheless, Keery did inform HuffPost that their comparable basketball expertise could possibly be a touch that they’re badociated.

In any case, stranger issues have occurred … 

“Stranger Issues 2” is now streaming on Netflix. 


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