Dustin and his friends will have to care for a new interdimensional Pokémon-ish creature in Stranger Things Season 2, and it’s going to be an otherworldly frog.
A lot’s going on with newbies like Max and Billy, Will’s ongoing struggle to remain Rightside Up, and both Nancy and Mike dealing with the loss of Barb and Eleven; but Dustin is getting his very own interdimensional pet.
In a series of exclusive interviews with Entertainment Weekly following the Season 2 trailer during the 51st Super Bowl, Gaten Matarazzo — the actor behind Dustin — had the following to say about the supposedly “polliwog-like pet”:
“It’s a little creature I get to bond with. It’s obviously not from this planet or this dimension.”
Polliwogs are, of course, the offspring of various amphibians, most notably frogs; a species that we’re assuming would feel quite at home in the creepy, moist fogs of the Upside Down. We’re assuming that Dustin’s new baby-frog Pokémon will make its way into the Rightside Up via the interdimensional rift that’s still very much just sitting there in the Hawkins Laboratory, now being studied by the supposedly nicer Dr. Owens (Paul Reiser).
Co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer haven’t revealed much about what kinds of monsters we might see in Season 2, but we did glimpse what looks like a giant Demogorgon in the Season 2 trailer: