Stranger Things: The science of the Upside Down and monsters

Stranger Things - Credit: Netflix
Stranger Things - Credit: Netflix /
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Stranger Things
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What is The Mind Flayer from Stranger Things?

At first, this sinister foe was called the Shadow Monster. This menacing presence plagued Will Byer’s mind for most of Stranger Things season 2, and it was finally unveiled to be a creature that Dustin quickly identified as resembling a very evil force in Dungeons and dragons known as the Mind Flayer.

After he unveils its board game counterpart’s motives and maneuvers, the group sets out to close the gate and free Will the Wise from its evil control, which they successfully accomplish in dramatic fashion.

"“It’s a monster from another dimension. It’s so ancient that it doesn’t even know its true home. It enslaves races of other dimensions by taking over their brains, using its highly-developed psionic powers.”"

After being unable to make it through the Gate, The Mind Flayer’s new plan involved luring rats to an abandoned building, causing them to eventually burst into a goo-like substance that comes together to form the beast’s new body. The mind Flayer then takes control of billy in the same way it possessed Will Byers. Billy is then used to recruit an army, which continues to build up until it reaches around 30 people.

The Mind Flayer then instructs the Flayed to ingest harmful chemicals and pollutants in order to make their bodies more toxic. Eventually, the formidable otherworldy being recalls his followers turning them into the slimy substance the rats turned into melding together to create the creature’s new body. The more people it Flays, The bigger it grows, and the stronger it gets depends on how many are Flayed in the process, but if enough is taken, the creature can reach menacing proportions.

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