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Let’s be real: It and Stranger Things are two of the biggest pop culture game changers in 2017, and both have significant influence in the horror world. (One a bit more than the other… We’re talking about you, Pennywise.)

But a fan theory might just change the game: Are the two connected? Fans think they might be—thanks to Bob Newby.

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Think about it: Bob tells Will that when he was younger, there was a clown that would haunt him in his dreams, suggesting Will just tell the shadow monster to “go away” like he would tell the clown. 

But Bob also explains that he’s from the state of Maine, where he wants Joyce and the Byers family to relocate to. But Maine also happens to be home to many of Stephen King’s horror works take place. 

And as @UpsideDownFacts explains… he would’ve grown up in Maine in the late 1950s… Exactly when Pennywise would’ve been terrorizing Derry, Maine.

Does that make Bob a surviving Pennywise victim?

Not to mention—they pointed out that Finn Wolfhard says the same line in both Stranger Things and It. Incredible.

What are your thoughts? Do you think It and Stranger Things are connected? (Also, can we just use this time to say we want justice for Bob?) Sound off in the comments below!

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