As new details on the second season of “Stranger Things” come out, we’re starting to learn more about the new big baddie.
Since the Season 2 trailer was unveiled in February, people have been speculating about that giant monster that first appeared in a drawing, and then showed up looming over treetops.
Even before the trailer, many fans were predicting the appears of something resembling a Thessalhydra, a monster featured in Dungeons & Dragons. When the boys ended the first season with a rousing game of D&D, they faced off against one. After all, they had faced off against a Demogorgon in their previous campaign, and when they encountered a monster in real life they referred to it by the same name. So, it’s only logical to think that another creature in the series will resemble an entry from the Monster Manual.
According to the old Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual, the Thesalhydra “resembles an eight-headed hydra. It has a large, reptilian torso and tail measuring 30 feet long (8 feet tall at the shoulder). Eight serpentine heads surround a large, circular month rimmed with jagged teeth.”
That giant thing in the trailer looked more like a tentacled Lovecraftian horror, but you can definitely see the similarities. After all, the “Demogorgon” in the show wasn’t exactly like the D&D monster.
The Shadow Monster
In a recent TV Guide article, the stars shared some more information on this creature. Finn Wolfhard (Mike), said “The Shadow monster, the new one, the big one in the sky, that was crazy for us.”
Calling it a “shadow monster” raises some questions. Does it have some control over shadows? Does it only appear in the shadows? Or was he just describing its shadowy appearance? Or it could be that the creature hails from The Upside Down, “a shadow realm?”
One thing we do know is that whatever that thing is, whatever our heroes face in Season 2 is going to “make that Demogorgon look quaint in retrospect,” according to executive producer Shawn Levy.
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