Stranger Things was a surprise hit last summer for Netflix, in no small part thanks to the Demogorgon, a fearsome monster from the parallel dimension known as the Upside Down. There was little doubt the science fiction-horror drama would be renewed for a second season, which producer Shawn Levy has already promised will be bigger and darker than the first. Now, Levy has expanded on his remarks to say that the forces threatening Hawkins, Indiana, are going to dwarf the creature that made the first season so scary.
“Will Byer is very much at the center of several intersecting challenges and threats in Season Two,” Levy told the GoldDerby podcast, “and I think overall the kind of forces of evil that are inherent in Season Two make that Demogorgon look quaint in retrospect.”
Set in a small Indiana town in 1983, the first season followed the investigation of the disappearance of a 12-year-old boy, which reveals a series of extraordinary mysteries involving secret government experiments, supernatural forces and an unusual little girl. The second season will follow the aftermath of the confrontation with the Demogorgon and Hawkins National Laboratory. Speculation based on the show’s Super Bowl spot posits that the new monster may be the Thessalhydra, which the characters referenced during a Dungeons & Dragons session at the end of the first season.
Debuting Oct. 31 on Netflix, Stranger Things Season Two stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Joe Keery and Noah Schnapp.