New Stranger Things Theory Claims Season 3 Monster is Actually Billy Hargrove

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The official Stranger Things season 3 trailer was released this week to much fanfare, as we finally got a glimpse at what the Hawkins gang will be up against in the highly-anticipated new episodes.

While the action-packed trailer may have dispelled a few fan theories, it also launched a litany of more speculation about the Netflix series. A new theory, as reported by PopSugar, argues that one villainous character is more than just your average antagonist.

Near the end of the trailer, fans are introduced to a new monster, seemingly a replacement for the Demogorgon that wreaked havoc in the Upside Down and eventually the town in the previous two seasons. The appearance of the new, frightening creature left plenty of fans confused and frightened.

However, this new theory argues that while the monster looks totally unfamiliar, it’s not necessarily a new character. There’s a chance that Billy Hargrove—the callous bully and brother of Max, who was introduced to us in season two—is actually this scary creature.

The trailer reveals Billy has found a job as a lifeguard at Hawkins Pool. And while many viewers were focused on his abs as he strutted around, the theory takes note of the shot of Billy in the shower with a troubled look on his face as he examines some kind of red and black growth developing on his left forearm.

So, how did the nasty growth blossom? Well, the theory mentions the rat imagery and footage of rats running through a warehouse. And since rats can carry diseases, the theorist asks:

“What if the rats living underground in Hawkins got into those tunnels that Hopper and the kids were wandering around in under the pumpkin patch in season two are now carrying an infectious, Upside Down-borne illness?”

The red and black shades of Billy’s infection resemble the slimy vines that are in the Upside Down, so this isn’t a stretch. Moreover, the theory points out the close-up shot of Billy’s eye in the trailer, which has black tendrils reaching across his eyeball toward an extremely dilated pupil. This suggests he’s going through some type of transformation.

In the trailer, the monster appears to grow larger and larger in the hallway of a hospital, as Jonathan looks on in fear. “Judging from the way it expands on screen … it seems like whatever it is, it’s transforming from a human body into the creature that we see roar a few seconds later,” the theory reads.

They go on to hypothesize that Billy goes to the hospital to get his infection treated, but by the time he gets there, he has been overtaken by the demon creature.

This theory may sound a bit out there, but there’s definitely some visual evidence to back it up. We still have plenty of time to debate the matter, though. The new season of Stranger Things doesn't drop until July 4, 2019.

HBO Is Offering Nearly 500 Hours of Free Content, From The Sopranos to Succession

Matthew Macfadyen and Nicholas Braun talk business and omelettes in Succession.
Matthew Macfadyen and Nicholas Braun talk business and omelettes in Succession.
Peter Kramer/HBO

If shelter-in-place orders have you burning through your streaming service selections, HBO might be able to help. The premium network has just announced nearly 500 hours of content will be made available for free beginning Friday, April 3. In a press release, the channel said that content would be unlocked via HBO NOW and HBO GO without a subscription. Viewers can expect a mix of HBO’s original series as well as documentaries and catalog movie titles. For original series, viewers can select these nine shows:

  1. Ballers
  2. Barry
  3. Silicon Valley
  4. Six Feet Under
  5. The Sopranos
  6. Succession
  7. True Blood
  8. Veep
  9. The Wire

Documentary and Docuseries titles include:

  1. The Apollo
  2. The Case Against Adnan Syed
  3. Elvis Presley: The Searcher
  4. I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter
  5. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
  6. Jane Fonda in Five Acts
  7. McMillion$
  8. True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
  9. United Skates
  10. We Are the Dream: The Kids of the MLK Oakland Oratorical Fest

Movies are from the Warner Bros. library and, unlike The Sopranos, are mostly family-friendly. They include:

  1. Arthur
  2. Arthur 2: On the Rocks
  3. Blinded By the Light
  4. The Bridges of Madison County
  5. Crazy, Stupid, Love
  6. Empire of the Sun
  7. Forget Paris
  8. Happy Feet Two
  9. Isn't It Romantic?
  10. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
  11. Midnight Special
  12. My Dog Skip
  13. Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase
  14. Pan
  15. Pokémon Detective Pikachu
  16. Red Riding Hood
  17. Smallfoot
  18. Storks
  19. Sucker Punch
  20. Unknown Title To Be Announced

The shows can be viewed directly without a sign-in on the HBO GO and HBO NOW websites or via their apps. (The services are nearly identical, but HBO GO is typically included with a cable subscription; HBO NOW is a standalone streaming service.) If you’d like to sample the full range of HBO series like Game of Thrones, The Outsider, or Curb Your Enthusiasm, the channel is offering a seven-day free trial.

According to the press release, the programming will be available to watch without subscribing through the end of April.

Which Fictional Character Are You? This Online Quiz Might Give You an Eerily Accurate Answer

Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister is the unofficial king of witty side comments. Are you, too?
Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister is the unofficial king of witty side comments. Are you, too?
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While watching a TV show or movie, you might find yourself trying to draw parallels between you and a certain character you’d want to be. If you’re like many viewers, it’s probably one of the heroic ones—the handsome private investigator with a tortured past and an unerring moral compass or the fearless queen who builds her kingdom from nothing and defends it to the death, etc.

But which character would you actually be? Openpsychometrics.org, a site that develops personality tests, has a new online quiz that might give you an uncannily accurate answer. You’ll be confronted with a series of 28 questions that ask you to pinpoint where you fall between two traits on a percentage-based spectrum. For example, if you’re more playful than serious, slide the bar toward the word playful until you’ve reached your desired ratio. The ratio could be anything from 51 percent playful and 49 percent serious, to a full 100 percent playful and not a single iota of seriousness at all. Other spectrums include artistic versus scientific, dominant versus submissive, spiritual versus skeptical, and more.

Once you’ve completed the quiz, you’ll find out which fictional character your personality most closely matches from a database of around 500 television and film characters. To pinpoint the personalities of the characters themselves, the quiz creators asked survey participants to rate them on a series of traits, and those collective results are then compared to your own self-ratings.

If you scroll down below your top result, you’ll see an option to show your full match list, which will give you a much more comprehensive picture of what kind of character you’d be. My top two results—which, ironically, were the same as Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy’s—were The West Wing’s C.J. Cregg and Joey Lucas, suggesting that we both have a no-nonsense attitude, a perfectionist streak, and an apparent aptitude for national politics that (at least in our cases) will likely go unfulfilled.

The fictional twin of managing editor Jenn Wood, on the other hand, is Game of Thrones’s Tyrion Lannister, unofficial king of witty side comments and all-around fan favorite. This was not surprising. As runner-up, Jenn got her personal hero, Elizabeth Bennet, which, in her words “makes me feel better about myself.” (Jenn has Pride and Prejudice-themed “writing gloves,” which seems important to mention.)

Take the quiz here to find out just how much you have in common with your own personal (fictional) hero.

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