Season 4 of “Stranger Things” concluded with the terrible confrontation with Vecna. And it is precisely through him (and Will) that viewers get an idea of the new danger that will await the heroes in the fifth and final chapter. A monster straight out of the “Dungeons and Dragons” universe.
A formidable opponent. The connection between “Stranger Things” and “Dungeons and Dragons” has existed since season 1. It is intimate and deep. The famous role-playing game provided the series with its fiercest monsters, starting with the Demogorgon. The character Will loses against in the last game of “Dungeons and Dragons” he plays with his friends, before being kidnapped and taken to the Upside Down.
In season 4, the part of “Dungeons and Dragons” led by Eddie Munson is called “The Cult of Vecna”. The same name that will be given to the creature that became Henry Creel. And it is precisely in episode 8 that Vecna takes the time to show Nancy a glimpse of what awaits the city of Hawkins, a vision of destruction, but also of a creature with a gaping mouth, itself accompanied by other monsters.
A mighty monster on the horizon
Also in this episode 8, another clue – significant this time – is obvious to viewers. When Will shows his drawing to Mike, he explains to him that he represented their band of friends in their costumes of knights and magicians facing… a three-headed dragon.
For fans of “Dungeons and Dragons”, this three-headed dragon is a direct reference to Tiamat, goddess and queen of the evil chromatic dragons found in the roleplaying game. “Tiamat spreads evil, fights good, and propagates evil dragons. She likes to raze towns and villages on occasion, but more often than not it’s a diversion as part of another one of her subtle plots. She is the wolf lurking in the shadows. Some have already felt its presence, but few are those who have had the chance to see it”, can we read the description of the official site of the fifth edition of “Dungeons and Dragons”.
In the version of “Dungeons and Dragons”, it is important to clarify that Tiamat has five heads. We know, however, that the Duffer brothers like to emancipate themselves from the originals, like the Demogorgon, which has two heads in the role-playing game, and only one in the series. Viewers should therefore be prepared for the possibility of seeing this super-powered monster appear in season 5, as well as the other fearsome creatures that may surround it during the destruction of Hawkins.