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It's been a while since the first season of aired on , but since we're already gearing up for Season 2, it's never too late to come up with new potential explanations of the mind-boggling world we were introduced to in the show. The biggest questions surrounding this televisual '80s throwback are obviously about the and its main resident, the terrifying Demogorgon. How does the parallel dimension work, and what exactly is this monster?

While many viewers assumed the was after blood, like any proper dark and murderous creature would be, Reddit user DavidThoren has come up with a fascinating explanation that could shed some light on the mysteries of the Upside Down — more so than those flashlights used by the wannabe explorers of the show.

The Demogorgon Isn't After Blood

'Stranger Things' / Netflix
'Stranger Things' / Netflix

The best kind of proof starts by dismissing what we think we know: in this case, what the Demogorgon craves. Fleshy creature with teeth catches both humans and animals? It must be after blood! Stranger Things surely helped us think that way, since Barb is caught after she cuts her hand, and Nancy and Jonathan slice theirs open to lure the monster.

But as David points out, not only were not all the victims of the Demogorgon bleeding when they got caught, the two teenagers admit they only have a "theory" that their cuts could draw the creature out of its dimension. Similarly, it doesn't pay any interest to the bleeding victims of the lab's team when it chases Eleven around the school in the final battle.

So What Does The Tulip-Shaped Monster Want?

'Stranger Things' / Netflix
'Stranger Things' / Netflix

The question is, then, what the monster is after, since it's clear it doesn't come out of hiding randomly. What if it was after energy? There's more than one hint that connects the Demogorgon to light — in fact, every time it claims a victim, there's a visible source of light. When it hunts down Will, it gets him just after he turned on the light bulb in the shed. When it grabs Barb, she was sitting just above the lit-up pool. Workers at the lab also always entered the Upside Down with a big flashlight. And Joyce? She basically covered the inside of her house with light bulbs, which just so happen to flicker when the monster is near.

'Stranger Things' / Netflix
'Stranger Things' / Netflix

The main argument of David is that when takes down the Demogorgon, we can briefly see it explode — just long enough to notice that this creature from the darkness is filled with a bright light. But we should add to that that Will communicates with his mother through the lights, which constitutes one more hint that the Upside Down and our world are linked through energy.

In fact, the fact that the Demogorgon feeds on energy would also mean that part of Will's inner energy — David likens it to the Force in Star Wars — is now inside the monster, which is why he can still perceive the Upside Down. That's what the slugs feed on.

Eleven Is The Main Source Of Energy Around

Do you still need a little more convincing? What about the fact that the portal to the Upside Down is located inside the US Department of Energy? Even the shape of the Demogorgon, whose head looks like a flower, makes it similar to a flower getting its energy from the sun.

The kids also refer to Eleven as a drained battery when she's worn out by the use of her powers, and their teacher explains that only a massive source of energy could open a portal. That could mean that Eleven is herself a bigger source of energy than most, but we could go with the explanation that everyone is a source — we're just not all able to tap into it. Instead of the nosebleed, then, it would be Eleven's incredible ability to harness her energy that draws the monster to her.


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