Netflix series Stranger Things star David Harbour has revealed some new information about his character for the upcoming second season. The science-fiction horror series from the Duffer Brothers received an abundance of praise when it premiered last year, so it was no surprise that the series was renewed for a second season set to hit the streaming service on Halloween.
As of now, we know the second season of Stranger Things will take place around Halloween 1984, about a year after the events of season 1. The town of Hawkins will be trying to return to normal after Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) destroyed the Demogorgon and vanished. Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) is still suffering from a form of PTSD from his time in the Upside Down and his mother Joyce (Winona Ryder) is trying to help him through it while, at the same time, trying to date her former classmate Bob Newby (Sean Astin).
We also know that Harbour’s character, Hawkins Police Chief Jim Hopper, will be struggling under the weight of having to cover up the events of the first season in order to protect Will and Joyce from Hawkin’s Lab. Now, in a video interview with THR, Harbour discusses what’s next for Hopper in the new season. Here is what Harbour said about his character’s future:
“He’s a different man than he was in season one and he gets to go on a different arc. The first season he really sort of discovered why he was dead inside and like how he was finding his way out and he kind of came to life. And so in the second season, his arc is very different.”
“We start with a man who has sort of become heroic in a certain way, right? I mean he still has some of his stuff but he has gone on this heroic journey and now sort of the beginning of the [first] episode, we start examining the perils of what it is to be a hero or perhaps the fantasies that you have about yourself and the dangers of that. And that subtle arc takes him in a different direction which, I think, is equally satisfying but very, very different.”
It will certainly be interesting to see Hopper less “dead inside”, which was due to the tragic death of his daughter Sarah, and dealing with the repercussions of becoming a hero in the new season after saving Will. Considering Hopper also has to contend with giving up Eleven’s location to Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine), which possibly led to her death at the end of the first season, it will be fascinating to watch Hopper deal with being both a hero to Will and with the guilt of what he did to Eleven.
Stranger Things season 2 will premiere on October 31, 2017 on Netflix.