This 'Stranger Things' Fan Theory Says Time Travel Could Be a Season 4 Storyline

Some fans of the Netflix original series Stranger Things believe that the newest season will have something to do with time travel.

The highly anticipated fourth season of the fan favorite series is set to return this year — but no release date has been confirmed. Over the last year, the streaming giant dropped small teasers of what's to come for the Hawkins crew. In November 2021, a teaser trailer revealed a few glimpses of the season ahead such as a new school, a possible new character, and an action-packed, springtime vibe.

The show's third season had over 26 million viewers in its the first weekend. 800K of those viewers finished the series the first day it arrived in the lineup. With anticipation of season 4, some fans have taken to the web to theorize what's ahead.

Reddit user u/theDy1an posted in the Stranger Things forum claiming they believe the season will include time travel. They explained potential "proof" shown throughout previous seasons by referencing popular films released in the 1980s.

"In Stranger Things S2, there were a bunch of Terminator references. There was a tv commercial, and the movie was playing at that time. Guess what? In S3 we get a s**t ton of more Terminator references, and we also get a bootleg version of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the main villain," they said.

"They also went into detail on how there is a lot of talk about the film Back To The Future as it was the movie playing at the movie theater inside Starcourt Mall and how Steve Harrington, played by Joe Keery, discussed the film while trying to get a job at the Hawkins video store. I'm willing to bet my life that they're foreshadowing and S4 will be about time travel, and it'll quite possibly feature a bunch of BTTF references," they added.

Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp and Sadie Sink attend the premiere of Stranger Things 3 in 2019. Rachel Murray / Stringer/Getty Images Entertainment

On the other hand, some other users noted the downside to the time travel theory.

"I feel this could easily ruin the series by being too confusing, cliche, etc. Also the idea of time travel is extremely hard to pull off for shows/movies in general which worries me too," u/Tods16 wrote in a separate post in the forum.

Another user, u/Banestar66, commented under u/Tods16's post saying, "I think people are assuming too quickly it's time travel. It could just be flashbacks, the past repeating itself and maybe even a time limit for the heroes to deal with."