The Spotlight: David Harbour says 'Stranger Things' cast worries about a 'Last Jedi' backlash for season 3
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The Stranger Things cast and crew were able to craft their first season in obscurity, but no longer. With season two of the phenom only raising stakes and expectations, it sounds like more than a few palms are getting mighty sweaty.
Speaking with Collider, David Harbour (AKA Chief Jim Hopper) says several cast and crew are feeling the pressure to deliver big in season three.
"I’ve gotta say, I’ve talked to different people in the production and the cast, and they’re a lot more nervous," says Harbour. "I was much more nervous for Season 2. Season 2, to me, is the big sophomore slump hurdle. I loved True Detective so much in Season 1, and then when the Season 2 monstrosity came around, I was like, 'What is this show?! What have you done to this show?!' For me, the big hurdle is having this lightning in a bottle moment, where the stars aligned and you created a beautiful, amazing show that people loved, and can you do it again?
"Once you do it a second time, it’s smooth sailing from then on out. I’m not nervous. I’m in the minority of that, though. There are other people – and I won’t name names – who are like, “The fans can turn on you! Look at what they’re doing with Star Wars!” Apparently, they’re upset about Star Wars. I just trust these guys. The idea is to do four or five seasons, the Duffers have said, and I feel like, if we can do Season 2, we can do 3, 4 and 5 with no sweat. Right now, the world is so open."
Crediting series creators Matt and Ross Duffer for some quality world-building, Harbour says they now have oodles of backstory potential to flesh Hopper out.
"Hopper, at the end of two, kind of adopts Eleven, and the Upside Down still exists, even though we closed the gate. There’s just so much story there, with the tension with Joyce, his adopting of Eleven, and his relationship with all the kids, even the teens, and then you have all of these backstories. He went to Vietnam, and we haven’t gotten into that, at all. In the ‘60s, he was in Vietnam, and then he went to New York and was a cop there for awhile, around the time of Frank Serpico.
"The tapestry is just so huge and wide and beautiful. Even the shit with his daughter and the death of Sara, there’s so many secrets there. I felt like they had to prove that we could do it again and open up the world, but once you open up the world, it’s a buffet, going forward. I see it as an open buffet, as opposed to a burden. We can feed you guys so many wonderful things. We can now feed you so much stuff ‘cause we opened the world."
According to reports, the series may head back into production this spring for a 2019 release.
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