The first trailer for Stranger Things Season 2 (below) premiered during the Super Bowl yesterday, and fans of Netflix’s horror sci-fi megahit are still abuzz. Returning this Halloween, the spot opened with Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) calling for Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), all but confirming the telekinetic semi-mute will be returning, despite seeming to disintegrate in Season 1’s finale. Of course, the real stunner was this shot of a new monster [Featured Image]—one that put that mean old Demogorgon to shame!
But was this new monstrosity already introduced to fans at the end of Season 1? Remember, the show kicked off with the boys playing Dungeons & Dragons, where they encountered the loathsome Demogorgon, a beast that foreshadowed the one they’d battle within The Upside Down. Season 1 concluded with the boys reunited after Will’s (Noah Schnapp) rescue for another game of D&D. The beast the faced in that last episode: The Thessalhydra.
In D&D Monster Manuals, there are several types of Thessalmonster. The Thessalhydra is described as:
“The first and most well-known of the thessalmonsters. It resembles a hydra for the most part, with a few differences. Instead of its eight heads emerging straight from the reptilian body, they form a ring around a large, circular mouth rimmed with jagged teeth. The tail ends in a set of pincers that can grab an opponent and force it into the large mouth. The main mouth can spit out a gob of acidic saliva once every day.”
Other variations include:
The Thessalmera: The thessalmera is a hybrid of the thessalhydra and chimera. It resembles the thessalhydra almost exactly, except that instead of the giant maw in the center of the snake heads, it has a leonine head. On the upper back above the snake heads is the head of a red dragon, which can of course breathe fire.
The Thessalgorgon: The thessalgorgon is a hybrid of the thessalhydra and gorgon. It looks mostly like the thessalhydra, though instead of the large mouth in the center of the creature, it has a head like that of a bull which can breathe out a cone of petrifying gas. Its entire body is covered in thick, metallic scales that are a coppery green in color.
The Thessaltrice: The thessaltrice is an unlikely combination of thessalhydra and cockatrice. It looks just like a thessalhydra, except that the long necks are topped with heads like that of a cockatrice instead of snake heads. Each head is able to petrify a victim with a bite.
So what do you think? Will the gang be battling a Thessalhydra in Season 2? Sound off in the Comments section!