5 Wild Stranger Things Fan Theories

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Though Netflix recently announced that Stranger Things will be coming back for a third season on July 4, 2019, that still leaves fans with a bit of time to kill between now and their official return to Hawkins, Indiana. Which gives them ample opportunity to speculate on the wild turns the new season might take. Here are five of our favorite Stranger Things fan theories.

1. Stranger Things and It Takes Place in the Same Universe. 

Over the past two seasons, Stranger Things viewers have noticed multiple references to Stephen King's novels in the show. And even though It has never been directly referenced, one scene in particular from the second season cements a popular theory that Stranger Things and It take place in the same universe. In Season 2, Bob tells Will about a clown he used to have dreams about when he was a kid—and this clown sounds awfully similar to Pennywise. Maybe there's a chance for both of Finn Wolfhard's characters to crossover? 

2. Chief Hopper's Daughter Was a Lab Experiment.

There has been lots of speculation over the death of Chief Hopper's daughter, Sara. Viewers began to notice distinct similarities in the handrails in the scenes where Hopper finds a wounded Dr. Sam Owens and where Hopper breaks down crying in the first season after the death of his daughter. David Harbour, who plays Hopper, partially confirmed the theory in a recent interview, stating that, "Yes, it is the same location. So that's interesting. Or it's a similar location."

3. The Next Person to Die Will Have a Name Starting With the Letter B.

Natalia Dyer, Chelsea Talmadge, Chester Rushing, Joe Keery, and Shannon Purser in Stranger Things
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If you've paid attention to some of the deaths in the show, most of the non-villain characters who have died had names that began with the letter "B." Benny Hammond. Barb Holland. Bob Newby. Coincidence? Maybe, but maybe the Duffer Brothers had this plan in mind when creating the show.  

4. Papa is not actually dead (and he'll appear in Season 3).

This is one theory we hope isn't true, but it's fairly plausible. Dr. Brenner, also known as Papa, was the mastermind behind the experiments occurring in Hawkins. Ray Carroll, former Department of Energy agent in the show, claimed in the most recent season that Brenner was still alive. In 2017, executive producer Shawn Levy told Collider that the character is not dead. So there's a real chance that we haven't seen the last of the evil doctor.

5. Bob is Alive, But Now He's a Vampire. 

Season 1 brought nostalgia to fans of The Goonies. The show did not shy away from the comparisons, and went full meta by casting Goonies lead Sean Astin in season two as Bob Newby, Joyce's love interest. The character was a favorite with fans until his unfortunate demise at the hands of the Demodogs. But one Redditor believes the attack did not kill him, because Bob is actually a vampire with evil intentions. And not just any vampire—"He is the Head Vampire," ChaoticNeutralUK wrote. "Bob wants the under to take over the world so darkness can reign." This one's not that out there; after all, Bob did give Will some strange advice about the Mind Flayer.

Peter Dinklage Can't Say Benevolent in This Game of Thrones Blooper Reel

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Helen Sloan, HBO

There are many adjectives one might use to describe HBO's Game of Thrones. While hilarious isn't usually one of them (though the series certainly has its moments of levity), that's the best way to describe the Game of Thrones blooper reel below, in which some of your favorite throne-seekers momentarily break character—and Peter Dinklage has a problem pronouncing the word benevolent. (Warning: profanity ahead!)

Ralph Fiennes Almost Turned Down Voldemort Role in Harry Potter Movies

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Ralph Fiennes has earned Oscar nominations for Schindler's List and The English Patient, but his best-known role might be his performance as He Who Must Not Be Named, otherwise known as Voldemort, in the Harry Potter film series. While the movies introduced Fiennes and his work to a new generation of moviegoers, he recently revealed that he almost said no to the project altogether.

We first saw Fiennes as Voldemort in the fourth film in the series, 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and he continued to play the Dark Lord of the Harry Potter universe until the series' conclusion in 2011.

Though fans would argue that it was the role Fiennes was born to play, saying "yes" was not an immediate decision for the celebrated actor.

"The truth is I was actually ignorant about the films and the books," the actor recently admitted while appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show when asked about his relationship to the Potterverse prior to taking on the role. "I was approached by the production. Mike Newell was directing the film that they wanted me to be in ... the first time Voldemort was going to appear physically."

"Out of ignorance I just sort of thought, this isn’t for me," Fiennes continued. "Quite stupidly I resisted, I was hesitant. I think the clincher was that my sister Martha—who has three children who were then probably about 12, 10, and 8—said, 'What do you mean? You’ve got to do it!' So then I rewound my thinking."

Potterheads everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to Fiennes's sister—and her kids.

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