Why Your Stranger Things Ending Theory Might Miss the Mark


As the beloved series “Stranger Things” nears its conclusion, fans have spun diverse theories about its ultimate ending. Among these speculations, a rather outlandish fan theory gained traction, suggesting that the show might conclude by revealing that the entire narrative was merely a Dungeons and Dragons campaign played by the cast of “Stranger Things.” This bold and unconventional idea stirred curiosity among fans, contemplating the prospect of such a revelation in one of Netflix’s most celebrated series.

However, the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, recently addressed this theory in an interview with Metro, offering reassurance to fans. Ross Duffer likened this potential ending to the narrative cliche of “it was all a dream,” firmly stating that such an approach wouldn’t be adopted for the show’s conclusion.

Dispelling the theory, Duffer affirmed, “No, I assure you that is not how we’re going to end the show. We’ve known where we’ve been going for a while. And we feel comfortable with it; hopefully, it satisfies everyone. We’ll see.”


Throughout the series, “Dungeons and Dragons” has been intricately interwoven with the storyline of “Stranger Things.” Some proponents of the theory suggested that concluding with a tie-in to the game could add an intriguing thematic twist without resorting to a cliched “dream” narrative. This thematic connection, if executed well, might have preserved the impact of the story’s developments without feeling like a cheap narrative device.

Despite this intriguing theory, the Duffer Brothers have repeatedly emphasized the significance of the upcoming conclusion in the latter part of Season 4. The characters encountered genuine defeat in the face of Vecna’s havoc, leaving them with formidable challenges to surmount in the impending final season.

While the DnD theory holds potential merit, the Duffers are expected to deliver an extraordinary and fitting conclusion to one of the most acclaimed sci-fi series. With a track record of stunning storytelling, the series finale is anticipated to be a polished, immersive, and truly epic conclusion to the beloved “Stranger Things.”