Stranger Things season four recently dropped its first official trailer and eagle-eyed fans believe they’ve spotted a series of cryptic clues within it.
If you look very closely at one moment in the new teaser clip, you can see a series of timestamps overlaying a cosmic background, all of which coincide with different moments from the trailer (via ComicBook.com).
In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment at the 1:59 mark in the trailer, which you can see above, four different timestamps of 1:46, 0:33, 2:30, and 0:52 can be seen (click the image below to see a bigger version).
These timestamps all match up to a different scene in the trailer, among them being: Mike (Finn Wolfhard) watching Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) being escorted away by the authorities, Max (Sadie Sink) reading a letter at Billy’s grave, new character Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) leading a dungeons and dragons game and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) watching Lucas’ (Caleb McLaughlin) basketball game alongside Mike.
As for what these timestamps are hiding, one fan on Reddit has speculated that the white holes and their position on the screen during the trailer line up with certain words and letters at each of the moments pointed to by the timestamps.
When put together, fans suggest that this spells out the message: “I am Hell’s Master.”
I think I figured it out.
I overlaid each hole image with corresponding time stamp!
“I AM HELLS MASTER”#StrangerThings #StrangerThings4 pic.twitter.com/UnvzjnfHOa
— Tim (@TimCZE_) April 13, 2022
Meanwhile, it has also been announced that the hit Netflix show will end after 5 seasons, with the fourth series being split into two parts.
Executive producer Shawn Levy explained how they never wanted the show to “run on fumes”, saying: “It’s been clear for a while that [writers the Duffer brothers] know exactly where we’re headed and this is the arc.
“We wouldn’t want to stick around for one moment beyond that vision and the clarity of that voice,” Levy continued.
“So rather than focusing on that sad day that happens who knows when, the end of season five, I’ll just once again reaffirm what I’ve told everyone, which is it has been a long-ass wait for season 4.
“But I swear to God, the world will realise it’s worth it.”
Stranger Things season 4 will premiere in two parts, on May 27 and July 1 – streaming on Netflix.\