With Stranger Things Season 1, the filmmakers and actors were in a fairly comfortable position. No one knew what the series would be, and that took off a lot of pressure for the show. Going into Stranger Things 2, it was completely different. All of a sudden, everyone knew the show and had their own built-in expectations of what they wanted the season to be.
Yet, somehow, it managed to meet those expectations. Sure, most still agree that Episode 7 of the season was a weak outlier, but on the whole, it managed to answer a lot of questions, deepen the mythology, and give us character pairings we’d never seen. But obviously, we have at least a couple other seasons headed our way before they’re done.
Speaking with Variety, actor David Harbour discussed some of the stuff he wanted to see in the next season of the show. Here’s what he said:
“I’ve been pretty vocal about how I love the dynamic between Joyce and Hopper, which I don’t feel like we got a lot of time to explore in Season 2. I just love that dynamic of these two lost people. I equate it to Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway in Chinatown or Indiana Jones and Marion in Raiders of the Lost Ark. These great, throwback, they hate each other but love each other kind of tropes. It’s done so sophisticatedly by the Duffers, and Winona is really game for it, too. We love playing scenes with each other. I would love more stuff with her. That’s a feasible one — and then there’s stuff that I don’t think is feasible, but I do think the internet knows my love for Joe Keery. I would love to see a Hopper and Steve get-together, but I seriously doubt that’s going to happen. I’d love to work with Gaten. I want to get into the backstory of Hopper more. When Eleven goes into the basement, she sees a bunch of boxes, one of which says “Hawkins Lab.” “Dad.” “Vietnam.” “New York.” There’s a lot of story we can get into around Hopper’s time as a cop in New York, Hopper’s time in Vietnam. I would love to see more of that, but we have a ton of great characters, so I don’t know how much they’ll be able to do.”
Of course, it’s worth noting that these are personal desires of Harbour, and have nothing to do with what we’ll actually be getting. Harbour is usually running off his mouth a bit too much when it comes to top secrets, but in this case, he assured the outlet that he knows nothing.
What do you think of Harbour’s thoughts? What characters would you like to see Hopper get paired up with? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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