Mind-blowing theory links Stranger Things, It

Stranger Things fans have picked up strong clues linking the show to Stephen King's It.
Stranger Things fans have picked up strong clues linking the show to Stephen King's It.

STRANGER Things operates on multiple levels.

If you wanna watch the show as a fun, sometimes upsetting, horror romp, you can.

If you want to watch it while keeping an eye out for all the references to '80s pop culture, you can definitely do that too.

And if you want to kick things up a notch and start theorising, well then, Stranger Things definitely lets you do that too.

While operating in the latter mindset, some fans have started to theorise that Stranger Things could take place in the same universe as horror writer Stephen King's It, a novel that came out in 1986 and has had a major yet subtle impact on the Netflix show's second season.

The major connection comes in the form of season two addition Bob Newby, played with heart by Sean Astin. In "Chapter Three: The Pollywog," Bob tells Will (Noah Schnapp) about a terrifying experience he had as a kid wherein a clown named Mr Baldo tried to give him a balloon. Sound familiar?

And, as you see in the tweet above, the timeline works out. Bob was a kid in the '50s, which is when the childhood scenes take place in the original novel It. And, as Bob reveals later in the season, his parents are from Maine - which is where It and every other Stephen King novel takes place.

Obviously Stranger Things and this year's It movie have a connection in the form of actor Finn Wolfhard, who appeared in both. As a sleuth uncovered on Twitter, he even said the same line in both projects:

Pretty crazy, right? But it's been pointed out by Stranger Things masterminds the Duffer Brothers that all those connections between Bob and It were intentional. Of course they were! That's what this show does!

While speaking with Vulture, co-creator Matt Duffer spoke about Bob Newby's clown nightmares and the show's King connection.

"Well, we both have a problem with clowns," said Matt, speaking for his brother Ross.

"I've had it my entire life. I had it when I was really little, so when there were clowns at a party, it was a real problem for me. Then in 1990, we saw the It miniseries and Tim Curry's performance as Pennywise really messed me up. Like, it scarred me in a major way.

"It was one of the first true horror things I had seen, and I had not experienced Stephen King before. That was my first experience with Stephen King, so that was a really huge point in my life. It was two weeks, at least, of no sleep because of that. So yeah, I think [Bob's clown story] was really me describing something that just freaked me out. I didn't have that experience myself. I just had nightmares like that."

Matt Duffer downplays the fan theory, though, saying Mr Baldo and the Maine reference were just done as shout outs to one of the show's major influences.

"I'm sure we were just like: 'It would be cute if [Bob] suggests moving to Maine, right next to Stephen King.' Stephen King exists in this world. Some of the characters have read Stephen King. But Bob definitely does not read Stephen King. He's not interested at all in Stephen King because he hates that kind of story," explained Duffer.

While the Duffers don't intend for Pennywise to coexist alongside the Demogorgon, there are likely going to be fans watching the show looking for more clues about this horrific shared universe. And you know, Stranger Things is the kinda show that will probably keep those hints coming.

This story originally appeared in Decider and has been republished here with permission.

Topics:  movies stranger things television

Marine Rescue leads to life of memories at sea

BON VOYAGE: Bernie Gabriel reflects on his time in the Marine Rescue NSW Service.

Bernie Gabriel looks back on early days.

Long road ahead to ease pain of stabbing death

Imogen Larter with horse Nelson.

Victim's family tells of heartache, healing

Local Partners

Audience member shocked penis puppeteer

IT TAKES a lot to shock Rich Binning who appears nude on stage in Puppetry of the Penis, but this audience member left the performer flabbergasted.

What’s the greatest 1980s movie ever?

That lift, featuring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, back when she had a normal nose.

From Dirty Dancing and Crocodile Dundee to Die Hard

Jennifer Lawrence flaunts her nudity on set

Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere of "Red Sparrow" at the Newseum on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Washington. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)Source:AP

Jennifer Lawrence so comfortable on Red Sparrow set, she went naked

Bardot’s biggest secrets finally revealed

L-R: Belinda Chapple, Tiffany Wood, Sally Polihronas, Sophie Monk and Katie Underwood made up Bardot.

Popstars girl group Bardot’s biggest secrets finally revealed

How three Aussie movie-makers lured Helen Mirren

Jason Clarke and Helen Mirren in a scene from the movie Winchester. Supplied by Studiocanal.

It took a lot of work for three Aussies to lure the Oscar winner

Roxy Jacenko: ‘I came over all hot’

Roxy Jacenko and Oliver Curtis have talked about their sex life since his prison release last year. Picture: Aaron Francis.

The pair gave revealing interview about their lives since his release

How to throw a star-studded party

He’s on the list! Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs pictured at Nana Judy’s party at Coachella. Picture: Facebook

How to throw a star-studded party, according to Nana Judy