Now, all we needed was confirmation from Keery, a 24-year-old actor (and budding psych-rock musician!) with only a few TV credits to his name before Stranger Things turned him into a subject of internet theorizing. It must be an adjustment, like when Aziz Ansari's Tom quit his job at City Hall to work at Entertainment 720 with Jean-Ralphio. What did this young man think of this sinister theory?
It turns out, like Schwartz, he's a fan. "I have seen some of (the fan theories)," Keery told USA Today this week. "My sisters keep sending me funny Steve/Jean-Ralphio things. But I love Jean-Ralphio. He was like my favorite part of Parks and Rec. He'd show up, tell the best jokes and leave. So, he's great."
The plot thickens. Sadly, Keery did not have any further plot details or potential season two spoilers to help us piece together this mind-altering puzzle. He told USA Today he wishes the Duffer Brothers would let him in on the secret. Bummer, right?
Or -- and this theory could be crazy -- maybe Keery's comments are an elaborate-but-charming smoke screen to throw us off the path of what we all know will come true one day: the entrance of a time-traveling inter-dimensional Jean-Ralphio teaming up with Steve to solve mysteries in the Upside Down. In the twisted world of Stranger Things and Parks and Recreation fan theories, anything is possible, especially if they're flushed with cash after the success of season one. C'mon, Season 2 -- let's make this happen.