In a recent interview with NY Times David Harbour mentioned the Stranger Things 4 movie influences that helped shape the way Season 4 would go. David Harbour is currently promoting his work on Black Widow, though he shot that movie a long time ago now. Harbour is now back working on Stranger Things 4, the role that made him famous.
“I want to tell you something. I have my prepackaged answer, which is true, that it’s a super-exciting season,” Harbour told the paper. “It’s gone to a whole other place. It started out, in Season 1, with this small-town police chief, and now it’s become this sprawling thing with a Russian prison and a monster.”
“The brothers [series creators Matt and Ross Duffer] are big into video games, manga and anime, and we definitely play on that this season,” Harbour added. “We talked about The Great Escape and Alien 3 as influences. In terms of Hopper, you get to see a lot of back story that you haven’t seen before, it’s only been hinted at. As opposed to this dad he’s become, eating chips and salsa and yelling at his teenage daughter, you’ll unearth some more of the warrior that he had been.”
Of course fans already know that Hopper survived in Season 3. Initially we had some clues that Hopper was in Russia, but a later promotional saw Hopper’s survival confirmed. Harbour also teased getting to film an idea that was first discussed back in the early days of shooting Season 1.
“There’s one thing in it that plays very big in this season that I’ve known since the first frame of the first season. Me and [series creators] the Duffers would sit around and speculate, ‘Oh, wouldn’t this be cool?’ the minute we started shooting,” Harbour teased. “We never thought we’d even get a second season, and then we get to do it in this season. It’s so satisfying to have had an idea five years prior, and to go like, ‘Oh, this is a season when we’re gonna let out this secret that we were using just as a subtle thing to inform something.’ We’re gonna lay it out finally, and it’s really cool.”
I’ve consistently been a fan of Stranger Things. I think all of the seasons have had their cons so far, but remain highly enjoyable.
What do you think about Harbour’s comments regarding Stranger Things 4 movie influences? It kinda sounds like Hopper might be escaping a prison infested with creatures from The Upside Down. Just going by the movies Harbour mentioned. Leave any thoughts below as always.