There have been so many theories regarding Stranger Things season 5 on social media ever since the Volume 2 finale aired on Netflix. A new theory suggests a major reveal about Vecna’s past could feature in the upcoming season.
In season 4, we learned that Vecna was actually both Number 001 as well as Henry Creel, a young boy who murdered his family. Now, some fans have spotted a clue there could be more twists about his family in season 5.
This theory, which has been circulating on TikTok, revolves around a season 4 poster. As we know Netflix releases posters for each of the main characters ahead of the series release. For the latest season, this included locations linked to each of the characters’ storylines.
Eleven’s poster had lab, Will’s featured California, Hopper’s has Russia, and Steve’s has Vecna’s house in Hawkins. After watching season 4, these all make sense. However, it was the poster for Mike’s mother Karen Wheeler that left some viewers surprised. Not only is she one of the few "side characters" to get her own poster, but her background also features Vecna’s house.
This has led to a theory that Karen Wheeler could actually be Henry’s sister Alice Creel. We briefly met Alice as a young girl in flashbacks with her family. She was seemingly killed by Henry, but some viewers still think she might have survived.
One viewer suggested: "I think this will be in season 5." While a second pointed out Karen's reaction at the end of episode 9 when the Upside Down particles were descending on Hawkins. They commented: "I feel like that is a true theory because, in the last scene of episode 9, Alice said: 'Mommy look it’s snowing.' And Karen knew something." While a third added: "I’m still so confused on why she had a poster. Even Enzo had more screen time but he didn't get one."
Though we saw Alice was killed by Henry in the flashbacks so it would take some explaining to see how she survived this. Still, it will not be the first time that a dead character has made an appearance in Hawkins.
We’ll have to wait for the final season to see if any of these theories have any merit.