Hot off the news that Stranger Things was nominated for a few Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series, nominee David Harbour dropped some hints about the homework fans can do to prepare for Season 3.
Stranger Things has consistently had a high level of 1980s nostalgia moments and pop culture references over the course of the first two seasons. Remember how the boys dressed up as Ghostbusters for Halloween? Season 3 is set to be even darker than the last, but it doesn't mean there won't be some fun '80s throwback moments. And David Harbour (Hopper) has some hints about how fans can prepare.
In an interview with Deadline, Harbour hinted at a specific year which might provide insight into the upcoming season.
"If you’re a real fan of Stranger Things and you really want to know,” he said, “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.”
And so on advice from the police chief himself, we did just that. The first film that came to mind is The Goonies, an adventure film about a group of teenagers who go in search of missing treasure. Perhaps there will be a pirate ship in Stranger Things 3? Or the kids rallying together to save a home from foreclosure?
Another big 1985 film is Back to the Future, which obviously brings up the question of whether there will be time travel in Stranger Things 3. And if there is time travel, where would they travel back to? Could we see a young version of Dustin's mom?
Or, if the finale of Season 2 is any indication, maybe we're heading back to school and taking a page right out of The Breakfast Club, another iconic 1985 film. Could the whole season take place over the course of one day? There are plenty of reasons to put those kids in detention.
It feels like David Harbour knew exactly how much fun it would be to speculate. Filming for Season 3 of Stranger Things is underway.