The Demogorgon pit is an epic set that serves the function of this sort of gladiatori­al arena, so our challenge was figuring out how to justify a space that has these oversized dimensions. There’s this exterior walkway area that’s all just incredibly bleak, rusted metal, and these ancient brick and plaster walls. The door opens and reveals the Demogorgon, and there’s a little case that is meant to be filled with makeshift gladiatori­al weapons. It’s cool. It’s super cool!


This season, tonally the colours are meant to be very organic but bruised, so there are a lot of deep purples and reds and you feel like there is kind of this pervading gloom everywhere. The Creel house was the home of this character, and essentiall­y, he is psychicall­y responsibl­e for this mindscape space. We see it in a 1959 version and we see it in a present-day dilapidate­d version, and then we spend some time there in the Upside Down. We have fragmented elements of the Creel house that we’re kind of twisting and distorting and breaking apart.


We spend some time in the Wheeler house both in the Upside Down and in the real world. It’s always been a part of how we have conceived of the mythology of the Upside Down and the rules and the physics of it. The moment that the Upside Down was “created,” inadverten­tly by Eleven, the set dressing and the world is frozen in that moment. So, when we are in Nancy’s room, we’ll discover in the Upside Down that Nancy’s room is as it was in season one when we first were introduced to it.

 ?? ?? The Creel house in present day (1986, that is).
The Creel house in present day (1986, that is).

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