9 July 2019, 16:49 | Updated: 21 July 2019, 12:37
The hidden easter egg involving Murray Bauman’s *real* phone number hints at a possible storyline for Stranger Things season 4.
For most of us, Stranger Things 3 is over now. It’s done. We’ve watched it. We’ve cried over it. And now we’re in full conspiracy mode. (If this is not the case for you and you still haven’t seen the whole season, turn around now! You’ve already seen too much! Spoilers are ahead! Close the tab! Spare yourselves!)
The season is jam packed full of ’80s movie references, call backs to previous seasons and even has some hidden easter eggs buried within the eight episodes. One of those easter eggs involves former investigative journalist Murray Bauman and could hint at a major storyline in the upcoming fourth season of the show.
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In season 3, episode 6, Murray’s phone number is revealed on screen. It’s 618-625-8313, if you’re wondering and yes, it’s a working number. When you call the number, you get put through to Murray’s voicemail machine where he proceeds to shout and yell about his own mother… before he then starts speaking to Joyce Byers.
Here’s Murray’s message in full, accompanied by a recording of the phone call below shared by Twitter user @yoonxluv:
“Hi, you have reached the residence of Murray Bauman. Mom, if this is you, please hang up and call me between the hours of 5 and 6pm as previously discussed, ok?
If this is Joyce, Joyce, thank you for calling, I have been trying to reach you. I have an update. It’s about, well, it’s probably best if we speak in person. It’s not good or bad, but it’s something.”
Interesting… what could Murray, the known conspiracy theorist, be doing wanting to meet Joyce in person for an ~update~? What could that possibly be about? Could it be about the Russians? The lab? The gate? Maybe about the whereabouts of… a certain Chief Hopper, perhaps?
The message continues: “If this is anyone but my mother or Joyce, well, you think you’re real clever, getting my number, don’t ya? Well, here’s some breaking news for you: You’re not clever. You’re not special. You are just simply one of the many, many nimwits to have called here, and the closest you will ever get to me is this prerecorded message so at the beep, do me a favour and hang up and never call here again.
You are a parasite! Thank you and good day.”
It’s clear from the way he addresses Joyce that the message has been recorded sometime after the events of the final episode of season 3. The timing of the message could also rule out the idea that Murray is the American prisoner in the Soviet jail cell.
Even more intriguing is the fact that since the season dropped on Netflix, David Harbour has been changing his Instagram profile pictures with pictures of numbers that are the first four digits of Murray’s phone number. That exact phone number can also be used as a coordinate that pin points Kamchatka on a map. Wild, right?
Season 4 is yet to be confirmed so it might be a while until we find out what Murray actually wants to discuss with Joyce… but don’t let that stop you from theorising with your pals!