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Ben Schwartz confirms a major fan theory about Steve from ‘Stranger Things’

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Screengrab via The Late Late Show with James Corden/YouTube

S+N=J-R

Fans of Stranger Things have put forth many theories, but one of the most persistent has been S+N=J-R. 

After the show debuted in July, people started to point out that pitch-perfect ’80s bully/Nancy’s boyfriend, Steve Harrington, looked a lot like Parks and Recreation lothario Jean-Ralphio Saperstein. 

Then came the mashup memes:

Last night on The Late Late Show, Ben Schwartz, who plays Jean-Ralphio, blew open a major fan theory about the show: Steve is Jean-Ralphio’s real father. And he has some theories about the Upside Down and that box in the woods.

We want to believe. 

H/T the Mary Sue

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.