The 'Stranger Things' Kids Freak Out Over Fan Theories

Time for coffee and contemplation.

On “Stranger Things,” Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) memorably asks Mr. Clarke, “Why are you keeping this curiosity door locked?” 

There’s no problem with that here.

While visiting AOL Build on Wednesday, the cast of “Stranger Things,” Matarazzo, Millie Bobby Brown, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin discussed their favorite fan theories. And they ripped the curiosity door right off the hinges.

Here are the theories they really love:

1. The Monster is a former test subject.

Ugh, wear some pants next time, man.
Ugh, wear some pants next time, man.

Since Eleven is named, well, “Eleven,” it’s thought that there were previous test subjects at Hawkins Lab. What happened to the other ones? 

Matarazzo is into the theory that the previous test subjects got stuck in the Upside Down and became the monster.

“Because they were in the Upside Down for so long, and you can see that it had an effect on Will, it had an effect on them because they were in it for so long that they transformed into what was the monster.”

Wolfhard says Matt Duffer actually texted him and said this wasn’t the case, but that may just be more support for another monster theory ...

2. Eleven is the monster.

Fans speculate that the monster could’ve been created from Eleven’s mind. As support, Eleven first encounters the monster through sensory deprivation, not in the Upside Down.

At one point, she pretty much says, “I am the monster,” and later she disappears along with the monster.

“Basically I could be the monster,” says Brown.

3. Will Might turn evil. 

Schnapp speculates that his character, Will Byers, could be incubating monster eggs, which would explain why he throws up that slug thing in the Season 1 finale.

Well, it’s that or his magic wand might’ve backfired. That’s what happens to Ron Weasley.

4. Jean-Ralphio and Steve Harrington are related. 


Wolfhard “adores” this one, just like the rest of us.

The theory says that Jean-Ralphio from “Parks and Rec” might be the son of Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) and Nancy (Dyer).

Ben Schwartz, the actor who plays Jean-Ralphio, already seemingly confirmed it. Plus — let’s face it — it’d be stranger if it wasn’t true.

Netlfix just announced that “Stranger Things” Season 2 is coming, so stay tuned!



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