If you've finished Stranger Things 2, you know that the creatures this season are next-level. So we chatted with Christina and Paul Graff, who headed up visual effects this season, to answer all your burning questions. Here's the coolest stuff we learned.
1.Dart wasn't designed to look like any specific kind of animal, and the designers had to keep him as ambiguous-looking as possible in his beginning stages of development.
2.Since he doesn't have eyes, the designers used Dart's body language to convey emotion.
3.Dart is definitely a male — though the designers didn't discuss how Demogorgon gender works with the Duffers.
4.Demogorgons go through five developmental cycles before they're fully grown — and each stage was designed by the same studio that designed the original Demogorgon last season, Aaron Sims Creative.
5.A Demogorgon's entire development, from Stage 1 through Stage 5, only lasts "a few days."
6.The team had funny nicknames for the four stages of the Demogorgon before it reaches full maturation.
7.The Demodogs weren't based on any specific kind of dog, though the designers did draw inspiration from multiple breeds.
8.The Shadow Monster/Mind Flayer is made of the same particles that float around when Eleven destroys the Demogorgon at the end of Season 1.
9.The Shadow Monster/Mind Flayer was designed to be of "a particulate nature — like clouds in a storm." It has tornado-like tendrils that have very special capabilities.
10.It's roughly 50 stories tall.
11.And, as we've previously discussed, the Shadow Monster/Mind Flayer will definitely be back next season. Sooo, get ready.