Stranger Things fans have a theory about the school counsellor

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Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

If you're anything like us, you're currently diving headfirst into full Stranger Things obsession, from the theories to the soundtrack, we're leaning in. Well, the good news is that the theories are not only many, but they're often pretty convincing. Especially this latest one all about the school counsellor introduced in season 4. Spoilers below, ofc.

As you'll know by now, season 4 centres around the deaths of multiple Hawkins teens at the hands of Vecna, the Upside Down's creepiest new resident. It doesn't take long for the gang to work out that Vecna seems to target people with trauma, and that's why he went after Max, who is struggling with the death of her brother Billy at the end of season 3.

Max, Dustin, Lucas, et al, make the link after realising that all of Vecna's victims were seeing Ms. Kelly, the Hawkins High School guidance counsellor introduced at the start of season 4.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

With Steve's help the trio break into Ms Kelly's office and start going through the files of the other students targeted to try and understand what had been going on in their lives prior to Vecna's attack.

While the past trauma element is something both the characters and the audience understand, some fans have theorised that there's another level to the whole thing. Rather than helping her students, some fans believe Ms Kelly is actually working with Vecna and supplying him with ideal victims.

Sure, all of Vecna's victims saw Ms Kelly at some point or another, but there's more to this theory than sheer coincidence. One TikToker spotted that the necklace the character wears looks to be a clock inside of a key, while you can clearly hear the sound of a clock ticking during Max's conversation with her.

Of course, the clock imagery is specifically linked to Vecna since his victims always see a grandfather clock and hear the sound of it chiming before their deaths. In fact, the clock theories have given rise to a whole load of other Vecna clues from previous series. So, could this be a hint that Ms Kelly has been working with Vecna the whole time?

See, we told you we've leaned in.

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