A Major Plot Line of “Stranger Things 4” Was Revealed by Gaten Matarazzo in 2016 and Nobody Noticed

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*Spoilers for Stranger Things 4 Below!*

Uhmm, so we're totally feeling a bit upside down with this recent revelation that a major part of Stranger Things 4 plot was spoiled a long time ago — and no one even realized it.

A resurfaced 2016 interview for AOL's Build series featuring Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Finn Wolfhard, and Caleb McLaughlin has fans realizing that the truth about season four's villain, Vecna, has been living on the internet for literally so long.

In the clip, the much-younger cast appeared on the show to talk about the monumental success of the Netflix show's first season and discuss fan theories that stood out to them.

Gaten just so happened to mention a theory that closely relates to what we have seen in Vol. 1.

"There's this one in this video and he was saying how other test subjects, besides Eleven, like, one through 10," he said, "Most of them are dead. But, others were banished to the Upside Down. Like, they couldn't get out."

After referencing the after-effects the Upside Down had on Will, he reiterated the theory that the mysterious alternate dimension could eventually morph one of the test subjects into the main monster we said in season 1, the Demogorgon.

For those who have watched all we've got of season 4 so far (patiently anxiously awaiting Vol. 2, coming out July 1), it's easy to conclude that this 2016 fan theory that was posed isn't actually that far off from what was revealed at the end of Vol. 1. In these seven episodes, we slowly learn that Vecna (played by Jamie Campbell Bower), the mind-controlling monster that has a penchant for murdering the teens with trauma in Hawkins, was Dr. Martin Brenner's original test subject, Henry Creel — later renamed, simply be known as the number 001.

And we got to see that after 001 goes on a slaughtering spree where he kills all of the other child test subjects residing in Hawkins lab (as well as the staff), he faced off against the lone survivor, Eleven. Since she is super strong, she was able to use her powers to send him into the Upside Down — where he then transformed into the creepy creature we see this season except in flashbacks.

To see just how scarily accurate Gaten's theory is, watch the throwback video below.

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