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I Can't Stop Thinking About These 17 "Stranger Things" Fan Theories For Season 4, Volume 2

If number 010 comes true, then my jaw will never leave the floor.

Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 2 comes out on July 1, and we are SO excited!

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Since the end of Volume 1, fans everywhere have been coming up with all sorts of theories. Here are 17 of the most eyebrow-raising.

🚨 Warning 🚨 – This post contains spoilers for Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 1 and predictions for Volume 2. 

1. Firstly, fans are fairly certain that it was Vecna who took Will into the Upside Down all those seasons ago.

Noah Schnapp as Will Byers


Stranger Things theory! May contain S4 spoilers. Who I think really took Will!#strabgerthings4 #strangerthings #strangerthingstheories

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2. Another theory is that Will may actually be the villain. Perhaps Will surviving the Upside Down for so long was all part of Vecna and the Mindflayer's plan?

Noah Schnapp touching the back of his neck

3. Villain or not, it is widely thought that Will won't make it to Season 5.

Noah Schnapp as Will Byers painting

4. The painting itself is at the centre of much discussion, with the primary theory being that it's a depiction of Will's affection for Mike.

stranger things spoiler - - - - how are y’all BLIND to will’s pining over mike?? in s4e1 el writes to mike that will was acting strange bc he probably likes a “girl”, he’s painting something special for someone. then when mike gets off the plane he has that painting w him!!!!

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Others suggest that it's non-romantic, and Will is expressing his love for their friendship instead.

5. One of the more viral fan theories concerns the school counsellor, Ms. Kelly — fans seem to think she may be an ally to Vecna.

Regina Ting Chen as Ms Kelly wearing a necklace which is a key with a clock in it

6. Other fans have gone even further, suggesting that she's even related to Vecna!

ms kelly HAS to be 1’s sister in stranger things season 4 😫

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7. A popular and fascinating theory, as suggested by Reddit user ashietree is that 001/Vecna is Eleven's father.

Millie Bobby brown as Eleven and Jamie Campbell Bower as a blood covered One

There are many theories about who is in charge in the Upside Down, so let's lay them out, with the help of Reddit user Johnnysokoll, who makes a case for both.

8. The case for Vecna being in charge.

Raphael Luce as young Henry Creel

9. The case for Mindflayer being the controlling force.

Millie Bobby brown as Eleven suspending Jamie Campbell Bowe as One up against a wall

10. A theory that the internet blew up with is that Eddie is actually 010.

Reddit user no_one_here_123 laid out their thoughts on this theory.

11. Some fans have rejected the Eddie = 010 theory, saying that 010 was dead next to Brenner.

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However, Reddit user where-did-it suggested that the producers are instead deceiving us — pointing out that his body was not mangled and bloody like all of the others.

It doesn't end there (theory-wise) for Eddie.

12. Like many others, Reddit user virgin_abloh69 believes that Eddie's rocking out will be him saving Nancy.

Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson, Joe Keery as Steve Harrington, Natalia Dyer as Nancy Byers, and Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley in the upside-down

13. He'd need someone who knew her favourite song, and this fan account pointed out that Robin may indeed have that exact information.

Robin found Nancy's music tapes while searching her room. So she knows her favorite music... Will Robin save Nancy? 🤔 #StrangerThings4

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14. Another theory about Eddie's guitar solo is that he's doing it as a distraction tactic to give the others a better chance against Vecna.

15. Time has been a constant theme of Season 4, so obviously fans are dreaming up some concepts about time travel.

This fan suggests that there may be something connecting the start of every season that could hint to some future time travel shenanigans.

It's commonly thought that someone big is going to die, and everyone has their theories, but two stand out.

Joe Keery as Steve Harrington and Sadie Sink as Max

16. With many agreeing one of the core group may die, Steve seems to be the name on everyone's lips.

17. Meanwhile, fans are worried about Max as a result of the latest teaser photos for Volume 2.

Sadie Sink as Max standing apart from the rest of the group as they plot something

Who knows whether any of these theories will prove correct — that's the beauty of speculation! But you can find out when the final parts of Stranger Things Season 4 air on July 1 on Netflix.

Don't forget to let us know your predictions in the comments below!