Stranger Things Eleven Season 2

Calling all code breakers: the Stranger Things book has a secret message in dots and dashes.

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Nov 10, 2018, 12:20 PM EST

Stranger Things Season 3's long overdue arrival has folks waiting for 1985 like it's New Year's Eve 1984. The countdown is long, and filling in the gaps is something the Duffer Brothers are wisely attending to with neat tie-ins like last month's Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down book, released October 30th by Penguin Random House's Del Rey Books, in partnership with Netflix. Among the neat additions to the gloriously faux-distressed tome (made to look as if it were found in a second hand book store years after it's release) is Eleven's Morse Code transcription disc, with it's handy breakdown of which sequence of dots and dashes equals each letter of the alphabet. It's a neat Cracker Jack prize to include in the book, but like with everything in the Hawkins' universe, it's there for a reason. 

AV Club's Reid McCarter reports that over on Reddit, fans of Stranger Things have found that reason, and it is (of course) the dots and dashes hidden throughout the book, which (of course) if you use your nifty new decoder disc, you too can translate. 

Want to wait and do it yourself? Then skip what comes next and break out your trusty Morse Code skills. Otherwise check out what fans have translated after this pic of the disc itself: 

Stranger things morse code

Alright, are you ready? According the AV Club and thirsty Stranger Things fans throughout the Reddit-sphere, the code goes something like this: 

"The week is long 

The silver cat feeds

When blue and yellow meet

In the West

A trip to China sounds nice 

If you tread lightly."

Hmmm, "the silver cat"? The Demagorgon pops to mind first, though Dr. Martin Brenner's hair is kinda silvery... As for "blue and yellow" meeting "in the west," what first came to mind here was the sun setting in the Pacific Ocean, though other fans have pointed out that a clock shown in the Season 3 promo featuring Hawkins' new Starcourt Mall has blue and yellow hands. (In fact, thinking of it this way, the word "Starcourt" itself is starting to sound very sci-fi.) 

Whatever it means, keep in mind that David Harbour has called the next season "so much of a departure and so much of a risk," so, who knows? Perhaps the trip to China is literal? Maybe the kids leave Indiana for the Pacific Ocean? Maybe Matthew Modine likes to eat at a cerain hour every day? Whatever it means exactly, it seems like anything could happen to the kids from Hawkins, and it probably will.