This Stranger Things revelation is going to have you feeling upside down.
A resurfaced interview featuring Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin has us realizing that the truth about season four’s villain Vecna has been on the internet—for years. While speaking with Ricky Camilleri for AOL’s Build series in 2016, the youthful cast reflected on the success of their first season and discussed fan theories that stood out to them.
Believe it or not, Gaten just so happened to be a fan of one theory that pretty much came to fruition in2022 “There’s this one in this video and he was saying how other test subjects, besides Eleven, like, one through 10,” he shared at the time, “most of them are dead. But, others were banished to the Upside Down. Like, they couldn’t get out.”
After referencing the effects the Upside Down had on Will, he reiterated the theory that the influence of the mysterious alternate dimension eventually morphed one of the test subjects into the season one monster: the Demogorgon.
Now, if you watched season four, you’ll know that this 2016 theory isn’t far off from what was revealed at the end of volume one. Specifically, viewers learned that Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower), the mind-controlling monster murdering the teenagers of Hawkins, Ind., was Dr. Martin Brenner’s first test subject, Henry Creel (later renamed 001).
And, after slaughtering the other child test subjects at Hawkins lab, he faced off against sole survivor Eleven, who used her powers to send him into the Upside Down—where he transformed into a sentient creature.
Clearly, Gaten needs a spot at Camp Know Where, because this theory was right on the money!
For the on-the-nose prediction, watch the throwback video above. You can also see everything we know about volume two, which drops July 1 on Netflix, by reading on:
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