Stranger Things: David Harbour teases an 80s centric season 3


Stranger Things season 3 is going to lean into the 80s aesthetic.

The hit Netflix series is probably the most anticipated show of the summer this year and David Harbour promises it’ll be worth it. He spoke with Collider about the direction of season 3 and how Stranger Things would be leaning into the 80s through outfits, cinematography, and other references.

"“It’s got a lot of color to it this year, we really get into the ‘80s more; it’s ’85, Hopper has a whole new getup, he’s got a mustache — we’re leaning into it in a really fun, interesting way.”"

The idea of Stranger Things bringing back even more nostalgia might be hard to believe but it sounds like fans will have even more easter eggs to look forward to. Considering Hopper looks like he walked out of a Magnum P.I. episode based on set photos, the new outfits should be a lot of fun.

He also spoke about where the show gained inspiration from. Anyone who’s watched Stranger Things has been quick to note the similarities to early Steven Spielberg films like The GooniesE.T., and Gremlins. Spielberg himself has even spoken about seeing some of his influence in the Netflix series and how much he loves the show itself. However, Harbour thinks a different infamous artist was also influencing the show.

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"“It’s bigger, and it’s more Spielbergian. I felt Season 1 was very Stephen King, Season 2 was very Spielberg, and we get even more Spielbergian in our aesthetic.”"

There was certainly more of a horror element in the first season of Stranger Things because the audience didn’t have the answers right away. In the second season, fans were aware of the Upside Down and the Demogorgon that it took away a little bit of the horror. However, after watching the trailer, the lighting and cinematography look absolutely amazing already.

As for season 3, David Harbour says the show will be following its familiar formula. There will be plenty of comedy and heart-warming moments to balance out some of the more traumatic scenes. At the heart of the story, it’s more about love, family, and friendship, than just monsters and evil government workers trying to take over Hawkins, Indiana.

"“Also it’s got a lot of love, and it always has from the very beginning. That’s the thing that’s very special about the show, it has tremendous heart. I always get choked up when I watch it, and this season is no different. It takes a lot of risks, but in its essence it’s going to smack you in the heart. It’s really funny and it’s really beautiful and there are some big, big surprises.”"

Of course, speaking of love, many fans are hoping to see Harbour’s character, Hopper, finally start a relationship with Joyce (Winona Ryder). Dubbed “Jopper” by the fandom, the pairing has become incredibly popular since the first season. Even Millie Bobby Brown has commented about how she wants to see the two get together.

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As for the “big surprises”, it seems like the characters might be put through the wringer again. The trailer promised these kids are growing up, something fans have gotten to see over the years with the actual actors. The threat is growing, but Mike and some of the other members of their friend group are no longer interested in playing board games while the world is at stake. Hopefully, the friends manage to stay together through season 3 but it sounds like there could be some bumps along the way.

Are you excited for Stranger Things season 3? What do you want to see? Be sure to tell us in the comment section below!

Source: Collider