Many viewers of Netflix's Love, Death and Robots wonder if Cthulhu was actually featured at the end of the eight-episode titled In Vaulted Halls Entombed. As the Eldritch god takes over Coulthard, some fans also believe it might be Cthulhu's sibling, Kthanid. Originally H. P. Lovecraft created Cthulhu to mention in his short story, The Call of Cthulhu. Follow the article to know more about Cthulhu and if the show really featured it.
Love, Death + Robots, a Netflix anthology series, has become the service's biggest platform for experimental animation filmmaking since its debut in 2019. Each book of the series, created by Deadpool director Tim Miller, has offered directors from varied backgrounds the opportunity to present unique and fascinating sci-fi stories in animation ranging from stylized to photo-real.
Season 3 of Love, Death, and Robots recently arrived on the streaming platform. Although we aren't complaining, the new season is noticeably scarier, darker, and gorier than many fans might have anticipated. And the eighth episode, titled In Vaulted Halls Entombed, itself is a masterpiece to viewers.
In Vaulted Halls Entombed follows a group of US soldiers attempting to rescue a hostage from a mountainside stronghold, which is probably one of the most violent scenes from the third volume. Many viewers believe that the ending of episode 8 might contain one of the most renowned science-fiction monsters in history, Cthulhu, following a fight through the tunnels. Let's know more about Cthulhu and how the episode concludes.
Love, Death & Robots: Is That Really Cthulhu at the End of In Vaulted Halls Entombed?
The Love, Death, and Robots eighth episode reveals relatively few specifics about the mountain tomb or the horrible beast confined inside, as viewers are well aware. The intentional absence of information here serves to enhance the mystery and, as a result, we all panic.
The thing inside the tomb, however, has a remarkable resemblance to Cthulhu, the legendary Eldritch god. While there are many gods and entities with similar designs, Cthulhu's modern imagery is defined by its characteristic tentacles, wings, and numerous flame-colored eyes.
The creators of In Vaulted Halls Entombed have not publicly said if the entity is Cthulhu, despite the nature of the episode's climax suggesting that it is.
The creature is known to cause insanity, psychosis, and even brainwashing in people who stare too long into its numerous eyes; this would explain both the high-pitched screaming and Harper's choice to remove her own eyes. In the closing scene, Harper is seized by the Bound God, as shown in the credits.
Interestingly, there's a possibility that this monster is Cthulhu's sibling, a creature known as Kthanid. This creature was very identical to modern Cthulhu art, but he had flame-colored eyes instead of the normal deep red was seen on his more renowned sibling.
What Actually Is Cthulhu?
H. P. Lovecraft created the mythical cosmic entity Cthulhu. It was originally mentioned in his short story The Call of Cthulhu, which was published in 1928 in the American pulp magazine Weird Tales. This creature, which is considered a Great Old One in the Lovecraftian pantheon of cosmic creatures, has since appeared in several pop culture references.
It is depicted by Lovecraft as a colossal being worshipped by cultists, resembling a green octopus, a dragon, and a caricature of the human form. It is named after the Cthulhu Mythos, a Lovecraft-inspired reality where it coexists alongside other beings. H. P. Lovecraft describes a Cthulhu statue as follows in The Call of Cthulhu:
"A monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind."
Cthulhu is supposed to have the appearance of a green octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, standing hundreds of meters tall with webbed, human-like arms and legs, and a pair of rudimentary wings on its back. Its head resembles the complete body of a massive octopus, with an unknown number of tentacles surrounding its alleged mouth.