One of the best things to come out of 2016 was, by far, season 1 of Netflix's Stranger Things. Whilst details about next year's season 2 are very limited, actor David Harbour has recently been talking about just what sort of things we can expect from Hopper and the other characters.


***Spoilers for Season 1 of Stranger Things ahead***

Whilst at New York Comic Con this past weekend, actor David Harbour, who plays Chief Hopper in the show, and actress Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, were on hand at the 'Inside the Upside Down' panel to talk all things Stranger Things, and season 2. Of course, one of the first questions the pair were asked was regarding what we can expect from fan-favourite Barb in the forthcoming season, after her character was done 'injustice' in season 1. Unfortunately, to those expecting to see Shannon Purser return as Barbara, Harbour set the record straight saying, "I can assure you that Barb is very much dead." Looks like we can't expect an epic comeback then. However, he continued to say, "We will tell you that we do deal with the loose ends in Season 2, and we do deal with some of the internet rage over Barb's death. We will have justice for Barb's death in some sense." Just how the series plans this remains to be seen, but at least it's good to know the show will be addressing this and giving her character the justice she deserves.

As far as other deaths in the show, season 1 teased a very broken Chief Hopper, still recuperating after the loss of his daughter, and Harbour teased that what we saw was only just the beginning, with plenty more to be explored through flashbacks, "I feel like, with the loss of a daughter like that, I just feel like he's truly broken in a way that almost cannot be healed. In a certain way, he has so much guilt because he's so used to saving people - used to good guys and bad guys - and finally he puts himself in a situation where it's just life. I mean, there's just nothing he can do and I think that he takes that on himself and carries it on his shoulders." Hopper was one of the best characters to come out of Stranger Things, with an emotional backstory which gave his character lots of depth and nuance - and provided Harbour with some of season 1's most heartbreaking, moving scenes. It's great to see that the Duffer Brothers will continue to explore this further in season 2 and delve further into his past life, continuing to build on his character.

It will affect Hopper to the point where it will even influence his relationship with Eleven; when speaking to The Wrap the other day, he said, "We feel like Eleven, or some form of Eleven, is still out there. And so I think Hopper and Eleven have some kind of intense story that surrounds his daughter and him almost taking on sort of a surrogate daughter." Both El and Hopper are beloved characters who didn't interact with each other a huge amount last season, so it'll be interesting to see this dynamic Harbour mentions between the pair furthered as the show progresses. As far as Eleven's character goes, her disappearance at the end of season 1 was one of the biggest mysteries. We know she's not dead. But it'll be interesting just to see just where she is and what she's up to, especially with David saying "or some form of Eleven", teasing that she may not quite be back the way we remembered her. Millie Bobby Brown didn't give too much away either but she did promise that "it's going to be incredible".

Another aspect of the series that fans gobbled up was the relationship between Nancy (Natalie Dyer), Steve (Joe Keery) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) and Harbour continued to tease fans further, by alluding to the fact that their love triangle will be back and in full effect not only in season 2, but possibly further seasons beyond that too. "Even when I was watching, I felt torn," he said, regarding who he wanted to see ending up together. "They were both so three-dimensional... There will be more of that for seasons to come." Personally, I felt like Nancy and Jonathan should have ended up together, but Steve did win me over by the end of season 1. Unlike the likes of Twilight or Divergent or other contrived YA-flicks, Stranger Things crafted out a genuine love triangle that we, as the audience, invested in. I can't wait to see more in season 2.

Stranger Things will return to Netflix for season 2 sometime in 2017. Production is set to begin very soon, with both Harbour and Bobby Brown stating that they've received the first couple of scripts and "they're incredible". I absolutely loved season 1 of the Netflix show and I cannot wait to see it return next year.


(Sources: /Film and Vulture)

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