Stranger Things Season 3's Scariest New Villain Might Be Soviet Russia


The upcoming third season of Stranger Things does not yet have an official release date beyond "summer 2019," so fans are going to have to wait a while to go back to Hawkins, Indiana. With only vague hints as to what we can expect and no official trailer, fans have been getting understandably impatient. But an alleged leak may have just revealed information about a new kind of evil that will be targeting the gang when the series returns: Soviet Russia.

The theory actually started back in November when redditor u/Charlie780561 spotted an interesting piece of casting information on the Stranger Things IMDb page. Under the cast list, the site listed a “Russian soldier,” “Russian officer,” and “Russian Goon.” By mid-December, those characters had been erased from the site.

The Redditor wrote that “now they are just described as Guard, Soldier, etc.”

[Spoilers] IMDB,Season 3 from r/StrangerThings

Netflix could have taken notice and removed the descriptions in order to keep certain plot points secret, but the streaming giant missed one credit that alludes to a Russian enemy in season three. Until very recently, Ryan Mari was still listed as a “Russian guard” under “Series Stunts” for three episodes in the upcoming season.

The same Redditor posted a new comment recently, in which he noted: "[I'm] just surprised that they took out 'Russian,' as if that somehow used to spoil the plot. Why did we [have] 'Russian guard' and 'Russian soldier' in the first place?"

While this new information could add an intriguing political plot twist, the alleged spoiler should be taken with a grain of salt. The leak comes solely from IMDb, which, like Wikipedia, can be edited by registered site users.

However, if the info is legit, Will, Eleven, and the rest of the gang might be battling a whole new monster in season three: Communism. Given that the show is set in 1985, when Russia was still part of the Soviet Union, it's not totally implausible.

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A Diehard Fan of The Office Just Wrote a 24-Episode 10th Season—and You Can Read It Online

The cast of The Office in a scene from the series finale.
The cast of The Office in a scene from the series finale.
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Just like William Shakespeare before him, one fan of The Office has been using his time in quarantine to get a little creative, writing an entire new season of the beloved sitcom.

As Geek Tyrant reports, extreme Dunder Mifflinite Nick Janicki spent his time indoors writing a full, 24-episode 10th season of the series, and it's available for anyone to read online. Just be prepared that it may take a little time, as it's 900 pages long!

Janicki did the beloved sitcom appropriate justice by bringing back all the most crucial characters, including Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, Pam Beesly, and Jim Halpert. To see exactly what goes down in each episode, and how Janicki's imagined 10th season plays out, you'll have to read it for yourself. The scripts are described as a "reunion season" and each one is currently available to read in PDF form. With titles like "The Dunderal," [PDF] and "Bachelor & Chill," [PDF] it sounds like fans are in for a real treat.

It might not be the long-awaited reunion fans had hoped for, but hey, it's something. As for whether or not the series will ever make like Friends and announce an official reunion, that is really anyone's guess. According to the show's creator Greg Daniels, the ensemble cast might be too big and too busy to all come back together for a new show. Thankfully, however, fans got the next big thing when many of the actors appeared on a recent episode of John Krasinski's Some Good News for a virtual wedding.

[h/t Geek Tyrant]