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American Horror Story: Cult Theory: Is Kai Oz’s Father?

 

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Even though we’ve only seen one episode of American Horror Story: Cult, it seems pretty clear already that Kai (Evan Peters) has an interest — potentially even an obsession — with Ally (Sarah Paulson). However, the motives for Kai’s focus on Ally remain incredibly murky, but this theory might explain everything.

In the premiere, Kai’s sister Winter (Billie Lourd) — who is, not so coincidentally, the nanny for Ally and Ivy’s (Alison Pill) son Oz — asks the young boy what he knows about his biological father and whether Ally or Ivy gave birth to him. The line of questioning is promptly dropped when Oz doesn’t reveal any interesting info, but it doesn’t seem like these were random musings of a bored babysitter. Winter’s questions feel pointed, seemingly hinting that the identity of Oz’s biological parents will play a key role this season. Putting two-and-two together, many fans are now speculating that this is because Kai is actually Oz’s biological father.

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If true, this would answer why Kai is so interested in Ally (particularly if she was the one who carried Oz). It would also explain why Oz bears such a strong resemblance to a young Peters because, c’mon, it’s really undeniable.

Regarding how this could have occurred, there are many ways Oz and Kai’s familial connection could be explained. Kai or Oz’s biological mother could have put him up for adoption as a baby, or maybe Kai was an anonymous sperm donor. Heck, it’s even possible that Ivy is in on Kai’s cult and this is some sort of Rosemary’s Baby situation!

Whether Oz turns out to be Kai’s biological son or not, we do feel like he’ll wind up playing a large part in Cult. This season is taking some clear cues from Halloween, including even using the original house from the movies as Ally and Ivy’s home. And like the film franchise’s iconic murderer Michael Myers, Oz has night terrors and struggles to tell what’s real and what’s just a dream. Add in Oz’s traumatic exposure to murder both in real life and on the dark web (thanks a lot, Winter!), we wouldn’t be too shocked if Ally and Ivy’s precious son wound up turning to the dark side — which could be exactly what Kai wants.

American Horror Story: Cult airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on FX.

Via: TVGuide

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Stranger Things Season 2 Easter Eggs

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Stranger Things Season 2 Easter Eggs

 

Stranger Things 2 kicked off Halloween weekend with a big bang (heard all the way in the Upside Down). Delighting in the return of the pint-sized heroes who stole the internet’s heart (what’s left of it anyway), fans returned to eagerly binge the nine new episodes, and each one served a heavy dose of ’80s nostalgia realness.

From the kids’ iconic Ghostbusters halloween costumes to new co-star Sean Astin (who starred in the classic ’80s movie The Goonies), Season 2 did not come to play around. And according to the Duffers, these little nods to their childhood were the key when it came to recreating a grounded, authentic atmosphere circa 1984.

But don’t worry if a few of those gems went over your head, after all they were flying by at a mile a minute. TV Guide hunted down the very best of Stranger Things references in Season 2.

Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin and Finn Wolfhard, <em>Stranger Things</em>Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin and Finn Wolfhard, Stranger Things

Episode 1: “Mad Max”

1. The arcade. Almost true to life, the arcade featured many gaming classics, including Dig Dug, Centipede and Dragon’s Lair.

2. Max’s introduction. At first unseen, Max abruptly inserts herself into the boys’ life when she destroys their high score on Dig Dug under the username MADMAX — one of the most best cinematic offerings of the ’80s.

3. Terminator. The film is playing at the Hawkins movie theater; unfortunately none of our faves made it to the double feature between all that demodog hunting.

4. Mike’s Millennium Falcon. The Star Wars toy makes another appearance as one of the toys he has to give away in a yard sale. It’s the same one that Eleven used her powers on in Season 1.

5. Will loves him some Reese’s Pieces. Same to be honest, especially after seeing Steven Spielberg’s E.T., which debuted in 1982.

6. Will also loves him some Michael Keaton. He picks Mr. Mom for movie night, which is Keaton’s career-launching comedic turn.

Episode 2: “Trick or Treat, Freak”

7. Billy’s introduction: Nothing completes the whole Lost Boys vibe more than a pierced ear, a Camaro, and Ted Nugent’s “Wango Tango” blasting as you pull up to your new high school. (And yes, we know The Lost Boys didn’t come out until 1987.)

8. Tina’s Halloween party. Another delightful musical nod, Motley Crue’s “Shout at the Devil” bumps at the party.

9. Eleven turns into a couch potato. And binges all our favorite ’80s TV and movies while stuck in a cabin owned by Hopper, including Terminator and All My Children. She also catches Frankenstein, but it originally debuted in 1931. While she’s flipping channels, fans will also get a lovely recreation of the static TV shot from Poltergeist, which debuted in 1982. You can also see her watching an episode of Punky Brewster in Episode 7.

Millie Bobby Brown, <em>Stranger Things</em>Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things

Episode 3: “The Pollywog”

10. Dart, Dustin’s surprise pet. It’s debatable whether a gremlin is more trouble than a demodog, but regardless, Dart is undoubtedly a delightful nod to ’80s classic Gremlins. He’s also named after d’Artagnan, the hot-headed member of the Three Musketeers, after Dustin realizes Dart loves the candy bar with the same name.

11. Dustin’s epic toy collection. Including some sweet E.T. figurines.

12. Sara’s box. The only ~true~ Stranger Things easter egg on this list! While Eleven is digging through the secret storage compartment under the cabin, she moves a box labeled Sara — Hopper’s dead daughter first mentioned in Season 1. Hopefully we’ll get a peek at what’s in the files in Season 3.

13. Anne of Green Gables. Watching TV isn’t Eleven’s only (limited) pastime, ya girl’s also down with L.M. Montgomery, who sparks her decision to find her mother.

Episode 4: “Will the Wise”

14. Nancy’s peak parental run around. While Nancy lies to her mom about where she’s spending the night (for the record, this trick still worked in 2006, so I’m sure it still works today), the Clash’s “This is Radio Clash” plays in the background.

15. Bob Newby, RadioShack King. Sean Astin himself is an easter egg. The actor’s career was launched by The Goonies, a movie every child of the ’80s has seen. But even better is the fact that he’s the manager at RadioShack — which, while not quite extinct in 2017, might as well be a relic from another era.

16. RIP Dustin’s cat. In a reference to Alien, Dart eats Dustin cat — proving he’s WAY WORSE than the creature from the famous 1979 movie.

Episode 5: “Dig Dug”

17. Erica Sinclair ships He-Man and Barbie. In Stranger Things 2, the impossible happens — we meet Lucas’ family. His little sister, as hilarious and annoying as all our little sisters, steals a He-Man action figure from Lucas to romance her Barbie.

18. Sean Astin’s line about a pirate’s treasure. As they’re hunting for Hopper and decoding Will’s map, Bob Newby has a line that’s undoubtedly a reference to The Goonies, though it didn’t come out ’til 1985.

19. The Hawkins Lab minion. The one with the flame thrower that is, who recreates Ripley’s iconic scene in Aliens.

Joe Keery, <em>Stranger Things</em>Joe Keery, Stranger Things

Episode 6: “The Spy”

20. A perfect soundtrack. For Dustin and Steve’s epic team up to try and lure Dart out of the cellar, Queen’s “Hammer to Fall” plays.

21. Farrah Fawcett. Another delightful byproduct of this team up? Learning that the secret to Steve’s perfect hair is four puffs of Farrah Fawcett’s hairspray.

Episode 7: “The Lost Sister”

22. Eleven’s great escape. It’s perfectly soundtracked with Bon Jovi’s “Runaway.”

23. Eleven uses the Force. In the Chicago-set episode, Eleven gets a bitchin’ all-black makeover courtesy of her sister, Eight. When they hunt down a man (Pruitt Taylor Vince, character actor extraordinaire) who experimented on them as children, dark Eleven has a total Darth Vader moment where she uses her powers to choke him out in an homage to the infamous Star Wars sequence.

Episode 8: “The Mind Flayer”

24. The Bid Bad. Just like last season’s Demogorgon, the Big Bad of Season 2 is not-so-lovingly dubbed Mindflayer, another fictional beast that enslaves people with psionic powers, by the erstwhile D&D party.

25. Should Will stay or should he go? The Clash banger returns from Season 1 to underscore Will’s relationship to Jonathan.

Episode 9: “The Gate”

26. Mrs. Wheeler’s thotty Johanna Lindsey novel. She’s reading the iconic Southern series in the bath when Billy comes a-knocking. Let it be known that Fabio was a frequent cover model for Johanna Lindsey.

27. Demodog hunting. When the demodogs get loose in Hawkins lab, there’s an homage to the iconic ’80s movie Aliens, where the characters watch the red dots (demodogs) converge on the radar in the lab. Paul Reiser as Dr. Owens is a pretty big shout out to the movie as well.

28. The Snowball. The completely charming middle school dance that closed out the season featured Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Time after Time.”

Stranger Things 2 is currently streaming on Netflix.

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Stranger Things Season 2 Stars Talk Love Triangle

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Stranger Things Season 2 Stars Talk Love Triangle

Natalie Dyer, Joe Keery; Stranger Things


 

 

[This story contains spoilers for Stranger Things 2. You have been warned!]

The Stranger Things love triangle reared its head again in Season 2, and this time things definitely heated up. Instead of some slight jealousy that was eventually set aside in favor of fighting off a demogorgon from another dimension, we got full-on make outs, breakups and hookups galore.

Nancy’s (Natalia Dyer) guilt over Barb led to some pretty nasty fights with Steve (Joe Keery) and eventually they called it quits, but it could be argued that their relationship never had a great foundation to begin with. On the other side of the triangle, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) and Nancy apparently never reconnected after the events of last past year, which left things awkward between them. There was, however, always a bit of charged tension between them when they were together, even if they were too scared to act on it — at least at first.

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That chemistry eventually lead them to a pretty steamy hookup while they were out trying to get #JusticeForBarb. And yet despite all the twists and turns the Steve-Nancy-Jonathan triangle took this year, the season ended with a lot of ambiguity about where everyone is headed next.

“I think it’s ambiguous for a reason,” Dyer told TV Guide. “I think that’s kind of the way the Duffers like to do it, and I appreciate that. Nancy loves and cares about Steve, and they obviously have a special relationship together, but I think what’s happened in Season 1 has kind of forced everybody to cope with things and deal with things and grow in certain ways, maybe apart and maybe together. I think she’s also shared a kind of kindred spirit with Jonathan from Season 1.”

Joe Keery and Natalia Dyer, <em>Stranger Things</em>Joe Keery and Natalia Dyer, Stranger Things

The connection Nancy and Jonathan have has been undeniable since some of their first scenes together, but does that mean he’s the guy she needs to be with? Not necessarily. It’s hard not to notice that these two characters only ever come together (romantically and otherwise) when there’s a catastrophe to handle or a mission to complete. Would their relationship even work on a daily basis if there were no demogorgons to defeat or evil scientists to take down?

As far as Dyer is concerned, the question of who Nancy should end up with isn’t what’s important. “I think Nancy’s just taking things as they come,” Dyer said. “I don’t think she necessarily has to pick or be with anybody, but I think both of those relationships are very special to her in different ways.”

Here, here! Who says Nancy has to pick either of them, when push comes to shove? A girl’s got more important things to worry about, like avenging her best friend’s death, making sure her little brother gets a happy ending with his psychic girlfriend and being an absolute BOSS chaperone at the school dance.

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As for Steve, Joe Keery said that he’s come a long way since Season 1, and while that growth might be a good thing for him as a person, it might not be the best thing for his relationship with Nancy. His last, soulful look at her through the gym doors leaves room for interpretation, but Keery said that it may have been a goodbye for him.

“If you love somebody, you’re always afraid of losing them,” Keery said. “In some ways, he kind of has lost her, and he’s let go of her, realizing that maybe he isn’t the right thing for her, and he’s trying to do what’s best for Nancy. That being said, I think he does have unsettled feelings about her, and I think that he cares for her deeply and misses her, but he’s trying to put her before himself.”

Well, crap. Isn’t that kind of behavior just evidence that he maybe is right or her? And now we’re back to square one.

Stranger Things 2 is available for streaming on Netflix.

Joe Keery, Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer, <em>Stranger Things</em>Joe Keery, Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer, Stranger Things

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