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– by Seth McDonald

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With most nerds drooling over Sunday’s return of HBO’s Game of Thrones, it is easy to forget that Netflix’s Stranger Things will soon be back from the upsidedown for a second season. David Harbour, who plays Sheriff Hopper on the hit show recently spoke with Deadline on the personal challenges that came with his character:

“I was so in love with the project and the script that I was quite intimidated going in,” said Harbour. “It was something I’d never been asked to do, to really be the male protagonist of the show. I sort of knew that I had to go to work in a much deeper way, I felt, than I had in the past in movies and television. I’d done that work in theater before; in movies and television, I hadn’t really had that opportunity, so I knew I had to try to figure out his soul much more deeply. That was the biggest challenge going in, spending that time alone, sort of working on the role by myself.”

We all have to hand it to Harbour, he nailed the classic ’80s small town sheriff which was exactly what he needed to do, he stepped up to an almost lead role with veritable ease. The actor also spoke about what fans can expect for the second season:

“[Season 2] will surprise you, and I think you will also be very happy. It still contains that magic I think we have in the first season, which is that sort of Amblin Entertainment-esque, Steven Spielberg kind of ‘magic of the movies’ feel to it, but it’s also very different.”

The trailers give off the same vibe Harbour refers to, the first season grabbed us by taking elements from ’80s classics such as The Goonies, E.T., and Poltergeist and rolled them all into one.  The second season footage we have seen promises to bring that same nostalgia, but on a bigger level, with much higher stakes. What challenges does Season 2 bring for sheriff Hopper?

“In terms of Hopper, it plays to a lot of darker themes. Even though in Season 1 he certainly had his darkness, it plays to a lot of his struggles, and it sort of peels the onion back of how he struggles to deal with the pressures of feeling like you have saved a kid, and now who does that make you?”

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