The newest “Stranger Things” monster is taking the action to the skies for Season 2.
Ross and Matt Duffer, who created the Netflix series, told Entertainment Weekly that they had a different mindset in giving life to the show’s latest villain, as opposed to their plan for Season 1’s Demogorgon that originated in the Upside Down. An image of the new creature can be seen above, which is a still from the show’s Super Bowl spot.
“Our big reference for [the Demogorgon in] 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.”
Matt pointed out that the new “shadow monster” was inspired by the creations of H.P. Lovecraft. It will loom over the characters, although the being’s motives remain a mystery for much of the season.
“I think the difference is, you don’t really see how it’s all tied together until later,” Ross said. “But it’s all connected to this singular threat, which is tied into this shape that Will [Noah Schnapp] sees in the sky. Will is the way through, which we’re able to understand what’s going on.”
“Stranger Things” returns Oct. 27 with its nine-episode Season 2 on Netflix.