Netflix's Stranger Things is treading into cosmic horror territory for its second season next month, one of the show’s co-creators told Entertainment Weekly today, so get ready for things to get bigger and scarier. Like, to Lovecraftian proportions.
“There’s an H.P. Lovecraft sort of approach,” said Matt Duffer. “This inter-dimensional being that is sort of beyond human comprehension. We purposely don’t want to go too much into what it is or what it wants.”
Translation: The Demogorgon is going to look like a cuddly teddy bear compared to the many-legged, inter-dimensional entity the citizens of Hawkins are about to be terrorized by, but one person in particular is being haunted by these Lovecraftian visions more than anyone, and that’s Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), a former prisoner of the Upside Down.
“It’s not like others have gone through this. No one has ever gone through this before,” Schnapp told EW. “[Will’s] confused, he’s scared, and he’s trying to cope with everything. You’ll learn in the second season how the Upside Down is affecting him and how it’s kind of changing him.”
The world got its first glimpse of Season 2's villain last winter during the following Super Bowl ad:
According to the Duffers, our youngster protagonists give this creature the creepily vague title of “Shadow Monster.” Still, naming something unknown is the first step to understanding it better, so it’s a start. Now all Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), and Will (Schnapp) have to worry about is not losing their minds against an unspeakable "thing" beyond the natural realm of their reality. Maybe they should rename the show to At the Hawkins of Madness.
“Our big reference for [the demogorgon] Season 1 was mostly Jaws,” Matt said. “It’s a shark, and the other dimension is the underwater. So there has to be something more sentient, and that’s that big thing in the sky.”
One big question now is how do we classify this new beast? Is it a Great Old One or something much, much worse? Will Cthulhu be making a cameo? What about Yog-Sothoth? What else can be said, except that things are about to get really fhtagn weird this Halloween.