Stranger Things Producer Weighs In on That Wild Winona Ryder Fan Theory

David Harbour and Winona Ryder in Stranger Things.
David Harbour and Winona Ryder in Stranger Things. / Netflix

Stranger Things is a series obsessed with 1980s pop culture, both in its actual plot and in its artistic choices. This is perfectly embodied in the character of Joyce Byers,who is played by '80s superstar Winona Ryder. In fact, Ryder’s role as both a character in the series and a Hollywood fixture of the decade has given rise to a wild theory—and this week, a Stranger Things producer weighed in on the chatter.

The theory was detailed by Mashable’s Alison Foreman, who noted that, with Stranger Things 3 taking place in 1985, the show’s timeline was only one year removed from Ryder’s debut in the 1986 film Lucas. In keeping with the show’s attention to accuracy with its homages to '80s pop culture, it would seem logical for the show to make mention of a film in which Ryder appeared—opening up the possibility of two Joyces factoring into the plot of the Netflix series.

When asked about the possibility, Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy was a bit bemused. "That's really funny, and I suppose it's possible?" he told Mashable. "We're definitely trying to make the show as quickly as we can. We're not in control of those things, but we don't want to bulls**t about those things."

Levy added that Ryder’s intersection was not something that the team had discussed, but remarked, “Eventually, there will be an interesting new relationship between [the Stranger Things production timeline] and what's going on in the time period we are watching the show in ... But as far as how those two timelines will sync up, I can't predict.”

[h/t Mashable]