Will Byers (played by Noah Schnapp) has always had a connection to the Upside Down ever since he was taken there in season one of Stranger Things. It has been suggested now he could have actually been central in creating the alternate world. Here’s everything fans need to know about the latest theory, including the implications this could have on the future of the show.
Did Will Byers create the Upside Down?
Will was the first person sucked into the Upside Down back in season one and since then he has had a strong bond with the place.
This was only strengthened in season two when he could sense the return of the Mind Flayer.
According to Reddit user Bloodylollipops, this connection could all be down to the fact Will’s subconscious may have created the Upside Down.
The theory begins by suggesting Will could have drawn and created the Upside Down given his tendency to be artistic.
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They wrote: “There’s the common theory that our universe has infinite dimensions and alternate universes. But in the show so far, we only know that there is one other dimension, and it’s only of Hawkins.
“Joyce Byers grew up in Hawkins and raised her two boys there as well. Hawkins is all that Will really knows.
“Will is also very artistic and creates stories. He could’ve very well created a version of the Upside Down and drawn it, written about it.”
They then added that Will then was able to make this come to life after being possibly being experimented like Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) was in the Hawkins Laboratory.
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According to the user, it is possible that Will’s father may have taken money in exchange for his son being taken into the laboratory.
This could have left Will with an ability just like Eleven’s in the show.
They wrote: “Will may have had the power to create worlds. But just like Eleven’s at the end of season three, it could’ve disappeared or been drained so to speak.”
This is all corroborated by the fact that it is Will who is repeatedly targeted by the Upside Down in the show.
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Fans will remember that this happened in both seasons one and two when Will was first taken into the other dimension and when he had an affinity with the Mind Flayer.
The user goes on to point out that the fact he created it could be the reason that he is not killed at first when he goes in.
They added: “In season one, Will is in the Upside Down almost the entire time.
“Why wasn’t he killed right away like every other person who has encountered the demogorgon?
“(Other than Eleven, but she has powers. Which kinda proves my theory even more).”
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What’s more, Will’s involvement in creating it is the reason why the creatures and parts of the world resemble his favourite game of Dungeons and Dragons so greatly.
Given the world of the Upside Down is still very mysterious in the television series in terms of its origins, this is all highly possible.
In fact, the show could even address the real creation story of the alternate dimension when it returns to season four.
Stranger Things seasons 1-3 are now available to stream on Netflix.