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The Stranger Things fandom has some of the most dedicated fans on earth. The show premiered in July of 2016, and since then, its viewership has exploded. Now that it’s been over two years since we last saw our favorite people in Hawkins, Indiana, the predictions for Stranger Things Season 4 have only multiplied.

Predictions for upcoming seasons are nothing new. In fact, there have been rumblings of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Jean Grey from The X-Men having similarities since season 1. Here are some of the biggest and some of the craziest predictions we’ve seen so far for Stranger Things Season 4.

Linnea Berthelsen as Kali staring into the camera in a production still from 'Stranger Things' Season 2.
Linnea Berthelsen as Kali in ‘Stranger Things’ | Netflix

Kali makes a comeback in ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4

If you don’t remember Kali (Linnea Berthelsen) from season 2, let us jog your memory. Remember the one episode in season 2 that seemed entirely out of place? It had Eleven in a big city with a ragtag group of people dressed like stereotypical punks from the ’80s. One of those people also happened to have a tattoo similar to Eleven’s on her wrist. Only instead of 011, this girl had a tattoo of the number eight on her arm.

Kali is the girl’s name, and she possessed similar powers to Eleven. She can make people see things that aren’t really there. It was soon discovered that Eleven was one of several kids kept captive by Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine). From Eleven’s tattoo, we know that at least 10 other kids have or had powers just like her. 

It would make sense for any of those kids to pop up in Stranger Things Season 4 to spice things up a bit. Kali had a bit of a wild streak (she almost caused a police officer to die), so it’s not safe to say she’s one of the good guys just yet.

Steve Harrington is the next to die

Steve (Joe Keery) became an unlikely hero at the end of season 1, making up for all of his thick-headed mistakes throughout the first seven episodes. We’ve seen side characters die like Barb Holland (Shannon Purser) and Bob Newby (Sean Astin), but the show has kept our favorites safe for the most part.

Fans don’t think this will be the case going forward. To feel like stakes are high, we’re going to need to lose a main character. Eleven seems unlikely because, without her, we’re not sure what would tie the group together. Jonathan Byers (Charlie Heaton) doesn’t seem like he could go because his mom, Joyce (Winona Ryder), already thought she lost a son in season 1. It would be cruel to put her through that again.

Right now, many people believe Steve is going to be the one to bite the dust. Steve has been a fan favorite since Stranger Things Season 2. He basically served as a babysitter for the group of kids while the adults were busy figuring out what was wrong with Will. He’s not attached to anyone romantically, so what exactly is his purpose now?

That’s the problem. We desperately hope Steve doesn’t die, but we’re not making any bets just yet.


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Eleven is the villain in ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4

Some fans believe that Eleven is going to be the big bad in season 4. With multiple hat tips to The X-Men and specifically The X-Men #134, this could be a prediction that Eleven’s powers will be used for evil.

We know she lost her powers at the end of season 3, but there’s little doubt she won’t get them back. The first episode of season 4 is titled ‘The Hellfire Club.’ This is a direct reference to a group of baddies in The X-Men who abduct Jean Grey and use her powers for themselves. Once she escapes, her mind has been so manipulated she turns to a darker path. This begins her journey as the Dark Phoenix, a supervillain in The X-Men series.

It’s hard to imagine Eleven turning her back on her friends and becoming evil, but no one thought Jean Grey would become a monster either. In the meantime, you can develop your own fan theories by looking for clues in the first three seasons. Stranger Things is currently streaming on Netflix.