Stranger Things season 3: David Harbour promises “swashbuckling” Hopper

David Harbour has been chatting about Stranger Things season 3, promising fans that Jim Hopper will evolve, creative risks will be taken, and movies from 1985 will be referenced.

Speaking to Deadline in a new interview, Harbour offered these general thoughts on the creative direction of Stranger Things season 3:

“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.”

As for what movies will be referenced, Harbour had this to say:

“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.”

A quick Google search reminds us that Back To The Future, The Goonies, The Breakfast Club, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rocky IV, Weird Science and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome were some of the biggest films in 1985. There is certainly a lot of fun to be had there, in terms of what Stranger Things 3 could homage.

Harbour also explained that Stranger Things season 3 will combine what we loved about Hopper in the show’s previous two runs:

We had a little softer season with Jim in Season 2, where he was really working off these fatherly instincts and understanding a responsibility that was larger than himself, and I think one of the things that we missed from Season 1 was this guy who goes into government facilities and punches people in the face. He’s not a doofus, but he’s a bit of a Columbo character.

“There was a sort of swashbuckling guy that we put on the back burner, so I think we’ll see a little more of the swashbuckling Hopper you may have liked from Season 1. It’s almost like [Season] 1 plus two, equals three. It’s like you have this third character now, who goes back to the swashbuckling guy of Season 1, but also has behind him this adopted daughter who he loves very much, so it’s really cool.”

A swashbuckling hero with a heart, and plenty of scenes between Hopper and Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven? You can count us very much on board with all of that.

We don’t yet know the Stranger Things season 3 release date, but we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop as more news comes to light.