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Whereas “Stranger Issues” viewers are loving Argyle (Eduardo Franco) and Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn), one other season 4 newcomer has been met with suspicion. In episode one, we meet Ms. Kelly, the Hawkins Excessive College steering counselor performed by Regina Ting Chen. At first, she appears genuinely desirous about serving to Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink) work by means of her trauma, however because the season progresses and different Hawkins college students die, she turns into an increasing number of suspect. In truth, some followers are satisfied she’s evil — like, working-with-Vecna ranges of evil. And ya know what? We agree. Let’s break down the speculation, lets?
For starters, Ms. Kelly all the time wears a gold necklace adorned with a clock pendant, and grandfather clocks are synonymous with getting killed by the villainous creature Vecna. Positive, it could possibly be a mere coincidence, however the pendant can also be formed like a key, and observant followers assume it may match into the keyhole on Victor Creel’s outdated clock — the identical timepiece Vecna’s victims see earlier than they’re murdered. Maybe there’s one thing hidden contained in the clock that solely Ms. Kelly has entry to? Or perhaps — we’re simply spitballing right here — the clock is one other gate to the Upside Down, and Ms. Kelly has management over opening it?
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On high of that, did you discover the fixed ticking sound when Max visits Ms. Kelly in episode three? As quickly as she enters the counselor’s residence, the digicam zeroes in on her clock, and a subdued “tick-tock” is current within the background whereas Max makes an attempt to debate Chrissy Cunningham’s (Grace Van Dien) homicide. Solely after Max snatches her workplace keys and flees the scene does the noise cease.
Clock references apart, there’s one other trace that Ms. Kelly could possibly be working with Vecna. As Max and the gang uncover whereas breaking into her workplace, Chrissy and Fred Benson (Logan Riley Bruner) each described having the identical signs — complications, nightmares, lack of sleep, and visions of their previous traumas — to Ms. Kelly proper earlier than being killed. She possible seen the similarities, nevertheless it’s shady that she did not report them to another person earlier than it was too late.
Ms. Kelly additionally presses Max, who nearly turns into Vecna’s subsequent sufferer, to confess to coping with the identical signs as Chrissy and Fred. One other crimson flag is available in episode three when she noticeably nags Max to open up about witnessing the homicide of her brother, Billy (Dacre Montgomery). Ms. Kelly could possibly be feeding intel about her college students to Vecna, who’s solely been concentrating on excessive schoolers with recognized traumas. She is likely to be willingly sacrificing them, or far worse: she’s an earth-side host for Vecna, simply as Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) was a bunch for the Thoughts Flayer in season two.
So, is Ms. Kelly really in cahoots with Vecna, aka One/Peter Ballard/Henry Creel? We’ll have to attend till quantity two of “Stranger Issues” season 4 hits Netflix on July 1 to seek out out.