Sunday, April 3, 2022

Are Pennywise from 'It' and Randall Flagg from 'The Stand' the same entity -


As a result of a question that has become viral around these two great villains, Stephen King revolutionizes social networks. What if these two antagonists are the same evil?

In Stephen King‘s novels, we find supernatural villains and worldly evil, the one that lives in all humans and that can come out or show itself at any time. King, who will release a novel in a few months, has spent years building a shared universe around The Dark Tower and its ramifications, intertwining themes, powers, and creatures from one story to another. It works? The vast majority of the time, yes.

But many readers wonder if some similar characters or entities have gone unnoticed before the eyes of mortals. As King himself has dropped on Twitter, what if Pennywise from It ( It ) and Randal Flagg from The Stand ( Apocalypse ) were the same guy? Is it possible?

As we have already seen in the various film adaptations of Stephen King, his works are full of tall, menacing, and sometimes omnipresent enemies and villains. From Pennywise, who will soon have a series of origins, or It, we know that he is a non-terrestrial creature, possibly an Outsider, a being from a different dimension. As an ancient, millennia-old entity resident in Derry, she awakens every 27 years, feeding on children and drawing strength from her fears and terrors. It is thought that she comes from the Todosh Space, a dark dimension from which the beings of The Mist also arose.

Many have related the figure of this entity to that of the Crimson King of the Dark Tower since both receive some similar nicknames and have a special relationship. But King just blew us away by suggesting a relationship with The Stand‘s Randall Flagg, who already appeared in The Eyes of the Dragon, King’s fantasy novel, and initially has a human origin, with a human appearance and a series of elements that, at first glance, do not relate him to the dangerous and monstrous clown. Some readers have debated whether Walter Padick is the host of a demon/Outsider who still retains human characteristics. In The Dark Tower, his role is also evident.

The debate is served. King stops short of saying that they are the same villain, but he does open up the opportunity. Their literary cosmology, full of sequels, deliveries, and stories that intersect, could fit into this massive plot twist. Still, if we stick to the evidence we have right now, it does not seem that they are the same being, although they share interests and ways of the act within a much larger puzzle. Indeed, he is considered the most influential writer of our days; he has the odd card up his sleeve.


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