The Kraken is a mythological beast, a giant killer squid. It could also be a metaphor for the giant, inescapable problems that can be caused and are difficult to solve.
The “anti-hero smack” here could also refer to The Odyssey, in the scene where Oddyseus slips in between the six headed monster Scylla and Charybdis. He is eventually able to survive these two monsters, which can give hope to those suffering from prior “fuck ups”.
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