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Did You Catch This Stranger Things 3 & Queer Eye Crossover?

On the Fourth of July, Netflix dropped the third installment of Stranger Things, and fans are still deciphering every last detail and possible season four theory. But only the most avid Netflix devotees caught this very familiar face in Stranger Things 3.

If you’ve seen Queer Eye, you might remember William Mahnken as season two’s sensitive, romantic cinephile who needed the Fab Five’s assistance getting his life back on track, learning some recipes other than veggie wraps, and planning the perfect proposal to Shannan, the love of his life. According to William’s Instagram, the couple’s been doing well: they married in 2018 and recently took a trip to Kansas City to visit some of Queer Eye ’s season three heroes (and try some of that amazing barbecue sauce).

It looks like more recently, the Mahnkens also took a trip to the fictional town of Hawkins, IN. You can first spot William in Stranger Things 3 ’s first episode, where he plays a significantly less lovable character: he’s one of Nancy’s nameless, sexist coworkers at The Hawkins Post.

The @QueerEye / @Stranger_Things crossover you all have been looking for!!! William from Queer Eye Season 2 “A Decent Proposal” pic.twitter.com/bmYryCoX2k

— William Mahnken (@SilverLimePhoto) July 4, 2019

In the second episode, he returns — this time, with Shannan by his side. You can see the two dining in the background and, as William joked on Twitter, Shannan is “looking lovingly” at Hopper.

Who caught Shannan from @QueerEye looking lovingly at @DavidKHarbour on our date in the second episode of @Stranger_Things?
(@SilverLimePhoto @Treeandshield #StrangersThings3 pic.twitter.com/hAIMPkD1Sq

— William Mahnken (@SilverLimePhoto) July 5, 2019

William has only shared photos from the first two episodes, but he teased on Twitter that he has a few more cameos throughout the season. “I can be found 9 times in @Stranger_Things. Can you find them all? #challenge,” he wrote.

Challenge accepted — we were all planning to rewatch the season, anyway.

I can be found 9 times in @Stranger_Things
Can you find them all? #challenge #StrangersThings3 pic.twitter.com/iD3w7ST53h

— William Mahnken (@SilverLimePhoto) July 6, 2019

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The Internet Has A Lot Of Feelings About Alexei & His Slurpee In Stranger Things 3

Warning: Stranger Things 3 spoilers ahead. Stop reading now if you don’t want plot points from this season explained.

The writers of Stranger Things have created an adorable cast of characters that keep fans coming back every season. They also somehow manage to make us love a new character who is then swiftly killed off, leaving us heartbroken.

Guess none of us have learned anything from Game of Thrones.

Fans have begun the outcry for the latest beloved Stranger Things character to be killed off in season three. Alexei (Alec Utgoff), who became a cherished character thanks to his switchover to the good side, was killed by Russian muscle after working with Jim Hopper (David Harbour) to stop what the Russians were doing beneath Hawkins.

“ALEXEI DESERVED BETTER! HE DESERVED HIS OWN SLURPEE MACHINE. THAT’S THAT,” said one fan on Twitter.

ALEXEI DESERVED BETTER. HE DESERVED HIS OWN SLURPEE MACHINE. tHats that! pic.twitter.com/SxTIwtCYan

— psychopathic crush (@vstraightohell) July 5, 2019

“I’m really sad Alexei deserved so much better. All he wanted to do was play some fair games and show Murray that he won. He was so excited,” lamented another fan.

fuck I’m really sad Alexei deserved so much better. All he wanted to do was play some fair games and show Murray that he won. He was so excited. pic.twitter.com/MtKd1cGTHk

— st3 spoilers (@sickorodeo) July 4, 2019

“I have never gone from pure joy to extreme anger and sadness faster than I did right here. ALEXEI WHY?!” one fan demanded to know.

I have never gone from pure joy to extreme anger and sadness faster than I did right here. ALEXEI WHY?! #StrangerThings3 pic.twitter.com/UGRrY4oyvq

— Kevin Johnson (@SoxJohnny210) July 5, 2019

Two fans also focused on the cuteness of Alexei and showed their appreciation for the character by paying him compliments.

“Can we please appreciate Alexei "Smirnoff", cuz god! His smile is so cuuuuuuuuute!!!! He's like a lost Russian child hahsndwvvildbdvpapbhpfl,” screamed one fan.

Can we please appreciate Alexei "Smirnoff", cuz god! His smile is so cuuuuuuuuute!!!! He's like a lost Russian child hahsndwvvildbdvpapbhpfl#StrangerThings pic.twitter.com/vAxmQa7068

— LeEeEEIiiIii (@BLEH_17) July 6, 2019

“The cutest little Russian who deserved so much more. i love u alexei,” said another fan.

the cutest little russian who deserved so much more. i love u alexei. #StrangerThings3 pic.twitter.com/WR0AmA2Exw

— sarah (@glossydicr) July 5, 2019

Stranger Things fans should be used to this kind of thing by now, as season 2 featured the loss of beloved Bob (Sean Astin) and the original season Barb (Shanon Purser). Some people had suggested this meant that all characters with a ‘B’ name might be on the chopping block in season 3, but now that Alexei is gone, it appears there’s no way to predict the loss of a well-liked character.

Stranger Things season 4 has yet to be officially confirmed by Netflix, but both the main cast and executive producer Shawn Levy seem to believe that another season is coming. The creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, previously stated that they intended for the show to only last for four seasons.

If and when season 4 is confirmed, here’s a warning to not get too attached to anyone. Especially if it turns out to be the final season.

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