Just when we thought that things could not get any stranger.
With 'Stranger Things' season 4 yet to be concluded, fans are already pondering what season 5 could be about – and the very intriguing fan theory on Twitter has drawn a really disturbing potential connection between the show and… the horror video game 'Five Nights at Freddy's'.
For those blissfully unaware, 'Five Nights at Freddy's' revolve around a night guardian for a fictional pizza restaurant that is haunted by animatronics that tend to come alive at night and seek to "forcefully stuff" any human they encounter into a spare mechanical Freddy Fazbear costume. Naturally, the human is highly unlikely to survive the violent process.
What does this have to do with 'Stranger Things', you may ask? It's simple: throughout the game, the player learns that there was an event in the video game's universe dubbed "The Bite of '87", when animatronics' actions led to a person's loss of a frontal lobe. With 'Stranger Things 4' taking place in 1986, guess what year is coming for season 5?
Given that 'Five Nights at Freddy's' and 'Stranger Things' both share a chilling and sinister atmosphere, "The Bite of '87" could potentially be good season 5 material for the show.
Fans quickly connected the dots and suggested that Will Byers might be the crying child that appears in the video game's cutscenes.
'Five Nights at Freddy's' also take place in Utah. And you know who lives in Utah? That's right, Dustin's girlfriend, Suzie. Moreover, Suzie was the name of the first victim of William Afton, a co-founder of Fazbear Entertainment – the company behind the evil animatronics. Uh-oh.
Some 'Stranger Things' fans argued that showrunners might do a time jump and skip "The Bite of '87". Well, as if it would save them: Freddy Fazbear's pizzeria opened in 1988, so season 5 could still embrace some of the events described in the horror game.
The Duffer brothers have not yet elaborated on their plans for season 5. And to be fair, we might want to process the grand finale of season 4 before fantasizing about the events of 'Five Nights at Freddie's' being incorporated into the lore of 'Stranger Things'.
Volume 2 premieres on Netflix on July 1.