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I'm talking about Stranger Things Season 2 Spoilers ahead.

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In this season we saw that a creature (Shadow monster) emerged from another dimension who is trying to come into our dimension. It thinks that other dimension creatures are inferior than itself. It actually established a hive like network inside the dogs from it's dimension including Will. It commands those demo dogs, and those particular dogs attack for it.

But why those tunnels were made under the whole city? Is it because just to hide the inter-dimension gate?

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Or is it because they want to go through underground from one place to another? But they can come to upper land. So they do not need an underground passage. Is there any detail I missed about it?

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Personal theory

D'Artagnan aka Dart shown various time that he get uncomfortable with bright light and we have seen that Upside down is dark and dusty place. And in the tunnels it was dark and there were flower like opening which spread pollen like substance to make it look like Upside Down.

So it seems tunnels was made to make Demi-dogs roam around comfortably like they can in upsde down or maybe it was to make a home environment for upcoming shadow monster.

But it's all my personal theory.

  • Sounds good to me. When they introduce a character trait like "hates the light", there's going to be a reason for it. Tunnels are dark and also protect from the heat of the sun if it's the temp rather than the light that is hated. – JPhi1618 Oct 30 '17 at 20:49
  • Good point that the show did not really touch on, but makes a lot of sense. – Flater Oct 31 '17 at 9:57
  • Yeah may be that is the reason. makes sense. – AtanuCSE Nov 1 '17 at 17:06
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Spoilers Ahead:

I honestly don't think we have enough information to either understand the full nature of the Upside Down, including how the different matter between realities work, and/or the full nature of Shadow Monster, considering what the final scene is -- and considering we don't actually see how the tunnels are being made or how the Shadow Monster comes to exist--if it was related to the [death of the] first Demogorgon or if it is separate and pre-existed/co-existed during the events of season one??

But we might be able to presume that one reason for the underground tunnels has to do with the gateway in lab being below ground to begin with and that maybe because of the way viewers were told the Shadow Monster (and it's hive-mind) operates, being like a virus or cancer, may mean that the only way it can begin to infiltrate the characters dimension/reality is by "growing" into it???

The ending implies that we really didn't get underneath this Shadow Monster, but disrupted it's mind and sealed off the lab gate way, but there is also that portal in the woods from season one we don't understand how it came to exist either -- and, for whatever reason, it was clear that the Shadow Monster itself could not yet cross the threshold(s) between realities and was using the Demidogs, black organic vines in the tunnels, & Will to begin it's goal, which may go beyond what the characters were suggesting with the Mind Flyer analogy, since again we don't know the methodology or philosophy of "how" it wants to "dominate"---we don't know exactly to what end it wants to conquer the characters' reality and if it needs/will ever become present to do so.

However, Stranger Things JUST got an after show called Beyond Stranger Things! Perhaps there will be more insight given there and someone can give you a more solid answer, as I have not had time to watch them yet.

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There's a quote something like "Growth for the sake of growth is the thinking of a tumour". If the monster is breeding (the demodogs) and gaining energy (lifeless pumpkin patch) it would need to spread out to continue doing this. It seems to have some survival instincts and whether the purpose is clear or not plans to keep growing. That's what most life forms do.

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