Stranger Things star David Harbour has revealed that the giant spider monster glimpsed in the Super Bowl spot looming over the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana does exist and isn’t just something Will is seeing in a dream.
During a recent Dungeons & Dragons focused conversation with Nerdarchy, a YouTube channel dedicated to role-playing game enthusiasts, Harbour opened up about the upcoming season but was careful not to reveal any spoilers while teasing the giant spider-creature:
“There is this entity that we kind of reveal that exists in this world. People have been speculating whether or not it has to do with the Thessylhydra we talked about at the end of last season or what it really is but that’s just interesting to me in terms of the lore of D&D because the Demogorgon in Dungeons & Dragons is like a devil right? Like he’s a demon. So you have other ranks of demons…”
A fan in the live chat was quick to suggest that the giant spider-creature could be based on Lolth, the Spider-Queen in D&D but Harbour isn’t too sure the new monster is Lolth:
“I don’t know if you’ve seen the trailer that thing looks a little bigger than Lolth but it does have a spider-like quality to it. It’s pretty freaky.”
Earlier this year, series creators Matt and Ross Duffer revealed they were mapping out the series to run for about four to five seasons. Harbour explained that the upcoming sequel season will introduce set ups and lay the groundwork for future payoffs to come much later down the line as the series expands the mythos established in season one:
“In terms of this season, we’re able to know that we have a couple more seasons ahead of us and so we start to create a really broader palette. In related to D&D it’s like if you have a campaign and suddenly your campaign is like alright I can start to lay in this pipe that won’t be completely solved by the end of season two, I can start to lay in these characters or these monsters or these beings or these things that won’t pay off until further down the road and so we’re creating our own sort of mythos around this universe.”
What might be the most interesting bit of information to come from Harbour’s chat with Nerdarchy was when he went on to add that season two will delve into the 30-page document that the Duffer brothers have about what the upside down is while he nonchalantly teased that the upside down itself could be sentient:
“The [Duffer] brothers have this document about the upside down, this huge document where they know all about it but we’ve really only teased in season one just a little bit of it so we start to really go into this bigger world about what the upside down is, what it means, what its significance is, what exists in it, whether or not it has sentience or what it’s there to do and that’s exciting.”
As for Hopper himself, Harbour is excited for audiences to discover more about the Chief and who he is as a man in the upcoming season:
“We’re able to go a lot further into character which I’m really excited about. Hopper starts to get to reveal a lot more things about himself and a lot more of really who he is, which we started to touch on and we start to see with his daughter and you his sort of like reemergence into becoming a man again and sort of like reawakening but we start to sort of see more about who he is as a man in this season and that’s really exciting. And also I know a lot of the payoff if we’re able to continue and do more seasons in terms of where he’s going and so it’s really fun.”
Harbour also made sure audiences know that the Chief’s heartbreak of losing his daughter Sarah is something that will never leave him:
“Hopper, at the end of the day, does have an unresolved tragedy in his life. I don’t want that ever to be played down or to be completely resolved. While he does have a reawakening at the end of that [first] season when he saves Will, his daughter is still dead and he still has a lot of remorse and guilt about that which you’ll start to understand more of as the seasons go on and that stuff is real, that stuff never goes away and he can’t just make himself just feel better so I don’t want complete redemption for Hopper either.”
Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, and Noah Schnapp.
The adventure continues in the fall of 1984 as the world is turning upside down. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Stranger Things as we learn it.
Stranger Things Season 2 hits Netflix this Halloween.