The final trailer for Stranger Things Season 3 premiered last week, and since then, fans have been occupied with dissecting every hint and idea they can--which is bound to be a time-consuming process, considering how rich the preview is for analysis. In particular, some users have taken to speculating about the voice narrating the new trailer, with a number of different suggestions.
On a Reddit thread titled “Narrator Voice,” user MouthBreather85 suggested the possibility that, despite earlier predictions that the narrator was Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery), the narrator could actually be Jim Hopper (David Harbour). The fan explained that once they imagined it being Hopper, they were unable to unhear it.
The reaction to this suggestion was mixed. While some users agreed with MouthBreather85, another responded “Is this really a thing? It's 100% Billy possessed by the monster. How is that not obvious?” One user, in defense of the theory, suggested that it could be Hopper, bearing an infection following his time in the tunnels in Season 2.
Previously, interviews with the cast and creators have indicated that Stranger Things Season 3 will see the return of the Mind Flayer--as well as new interpersonal drama, with a core theme being that of change. According to series co-creator Matt Duffer, “The season takes place during the last summer before high school. The kids are growing up, and that transition is going to be messy and awkward and painful. Are they able to grow up without growing apart?”
While we’re not fully sure what to believe with this new Stranger Things trailer, it still has us excited--and we’ll be watching closely when Season 3 premieres on July 4.