Shawn Levy And David Harbour Talk “Darker” Tone Of Stranger Things Season Three

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The sophomore season of Stranger Things certainly came with its ups and downs. It had our heroes go through more trauma than any kid should experience – those demodogs could leave the toughest adult with nightmares. It seems that the finale left Eleven and company in an admittedly peaceful and happy place. They attended their school dance and an adorably sweet kiss was exchanged. All the while, the Mind Flayer was looming.

Don’t expect season three to continue on happier paths. In regards to the series’ upcoming season, executive producer Shawn Levy said that Stranger Things was “definitely going to yet darker still, places that I think audiences are going to really love”. He also said that they are currently shooting in Georgia, and it’s “shaping up really, really well.”

Yesterday, Stranger Things scored a roaring 12 Emmy nominations, amongst the nominations include for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress In a Drama Series (Millie Bobby Brown), and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (David Harbour).

As to what to expect from season three, Hopper himself said to look for references to movies from 1985.

“If you’re a real fan of Stranger Things and you really want to know,” said Harbour. “I would go look at the great films that were released in ’85, of which there were many, and just go down that list and think of the possibilities that we could be going with. I think it is a specific season to 1985, and so you’ll see references to that.”

When it comes to the overall tone of the show, Harbour described season one as “very Stephen King-y”, season two as “more Spielberg-y.” He promises that season three will be something completely new and its own.

“We’re experimenting a lot this season, and we’re taking risks, and I hope that they pay off but they are risks”, he teased. “We’re going into territories we’ve never been to before, and it’s exciting.”

What does that mean for Jim Hopper, our favorite antihero? Harbour states that in season two Jim “was really working off these fatherly instincts and understanding a responsibility that was larger than himself, and I think one of the things that we missed from Season 1 was this guy who goes into government facilities and punches people in the face”.

Does that mean we will see the return of a more violent, devil-may-care Hopper? “There was a sort of swashbuckling guy that we put on the back burner, so I think we’ll see a little more of the swashbuckling Hopper you may have liked from Season 1”, confirms Harbour. t’s almost like [Season] 1 plus two, equals three. It’s like you have this third character now, who goes back to the swashbuckling guy of Season 1, but also has behind him this adopted daughter who he loves very much, so it’s really cool.”

It might just be us, but we loved seeing a softer side of Hopper. Combine that with his earlier badassery and you have yourself one well-rounded, interesting character.

Stranger Things season three is set to be released sometime in 2019.

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