The highly anticipated 3rd season of Stranger Things is currently filming. David Harbour and executive producer/director Shawn Levy state that the upcoming season will be "darker" while taking more risks and "experimenting" more. Earlier this week, the first images of Millie Bobby Brown on set surfaced, showing off a different look for her Eleven character. The actress also recently suffered a knee injury, so she needs a stunt double to complete a lot of tasks, including riding a bike with co-star Sadie Sink.
Stranger Things executive producer and sometimes director Shawn Levy is confident that fans of the first two seasons will enjoy Season 3 as well. Levy teases a darker Season 3, which is welcome amongst the more horror-leaning fans of the show. Season 2 had plenty of those elements, but many believe that the hit Netflix show could stand to get a little darker. Levy had this to say.
"It's definitely going to get darker still, places that I think audiences are going to really love. It's got so much heart and humor."
Chief Jim Hopper actor David Harbour gave even more insight into the upcoming Stranger Things Season 3, noting that "real" fans of the show should pay attention to movies that came out in 1985, which is the year that Season 3 takes place, for some hints as to where the show is heading. Harbour also spoke about the 3rd season taking risks and experimenting. The actor says that the show will be going places that it has never been. Harbour explains.
"If you're a real fan of Stranger Things and you really want to know. 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. We're experimenting a lot this season, and we're taking risks, and I hope that they pay off but they are risks. We're going into territories we've never been to before, and it's exciting."
There are a lot of great movies that were released in 1985, so it's hard to narrow it down as to which ones will play into Stranger Things Season 3. However, there are a few that could make the cut including, The Goonies, Back to the Future, Weird Science, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, Return of the Living Dead, and The Explorers come to mind. There are a bunch more, but those seem to be some likely candidates that David Harbour may have been talking about.
David Harbour also spoke about the fatherly aspects that Chief Jim Hopper took on during the 2nd season of Stranger Things, stating that they made him a softer character compared to Season 1. Harbour doesn't offer much insight, but he does insinuate that we'll see more of Hopper's fatherly side with Eleven and then a return to the "swashbuckling Hopper" from the 1st season. You can read more about what Harbour and Shawn Levy had to say about Stranger Things Season 3 at Deadline.