David Harbour Wants 'a Hopper & Steve Get-Together' in 'Stranger Things' Season 3
Steve + Hopper = Nancy, who?
Everyone wants to board the Steve Harrington train after "Stranger Things" Season 2. The Duffer Brothers gave a major showcase to Joe Keery's Steve, who had a great partnership with Gaten Matarazzo's Dustin. David Harbour recently earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for playing Chief Jim Hopper, and he told Variety he'd love Hopper to have scenes with Steve and Dustin, in addition to his time with Winona Ryder's Joyce. Plus, he wants to delve deeper into Hopper's backstory.
These are just hopes, though, because Harbour told Variety he has no idea what's going to happen in "Stranger Things" Season 3. Even if he did know, he's "not allowed to talk to you about anything. Because I'm always the person that gets in trouble. But they haven't told me anything. I think I'll be in it though, that's all I know." (Speaking of things he's "not supposed to comment on," don't ask him about the stairwell.)
Here's what David Harbour told Variety he wants to see happen in Season 3:
"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."
Harbour added that there's "a lot of timeline stuff to explain" when it comes to Hopper's daughter Sara.
"Sara dies theoretically five years before our story. In terms of the timeline, we say in the first season that I moved back to Hawkins after that experience. And we have me calling my ex-wife, who is remarried and has a kid. There's a lot of rich material there, and with secrets around Sara and that whole event, which I hope we'll get into in future seasons. Maybe not in the way you think. But there is a lot more complexity to Hopper's relationship to Sara's death. I would love to see them go further into that."
Yes, please. That does seem like a reasonable hope, considering all of the backstory seeds planted in the first two seasons. And it doesn't seem out of the question for Hopper and Steve to team up, considering Steve has taken on a leadership role in taking care of the kids, and Hopper has done the same for Eleven/Jane. Steve could even end up joining the Hawkins police force. Would that be crazy?
"Stranger Things 3" has no release date yet, they haven't even started filming, but Harbour suspects it won't premiere until 2019.
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