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Stranger Things Season 3 to explore dramatic side of Hopper's domesticity

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Aug 20, 2018

The more David Harbour opens up about Stranger Things Season 3, the more… strange it’s beginning to sound.

Over the weekend, we learned that the Duffer brothers and company would be taking some cues this upcoming season from none other than Chevy Chase’s classic ‘80s comedy, Fletch – which may very well be the world’s most quotable movie, but at first glance wouldn’t seem to have a lot in common with the show's modus operandi

Now, thanks to a recent Vanity Fair interview, we’re learning something seemingly even more out of left field: Season 3 will explore the day-to-day domestic side of Harbour’s Sheriff Hooper. So, looks like we’ll be spending some more time around the house with Hawkins’ finest.

When asked if we’ll be getting more backstory from Hopper next season, Harbour thoughtfully takes us through the show’s envelope-pushing evolution from Season 1’s Stephen King vibe to Season 2’s Spielbergian ways to Season 3’s “even weirder” route.

“So, this is a year for Hopper of real domesticity. Eleven’s been validated, she has a birth certificate. She’s a part of the world in some way. It’s really how Hopper deals with domestic issues, like real day-to-day stuff, that takes him to this place of . . . he might be better at drama than he is at just sort of . . .,” says Harbour, searching for the words “just hanging out,” as provided by the interviewer. 

The actor then goes on to say: “So, what that does to him is very, very interesting. We’ll start to really understand a lot more about what he needs and what he doesn’t have and who he wants to be that might take him in different directions.”

While “domestic issues” could mean anything from cleaning out the refrigerator to actually opening his heart to romance (we hear Joyce is free), regardless, we’re pretty sure spending more time around the house with Harbour will be enlightening, at least from a character development point of view. And while it might seem strangely mundane, the idea of hanging out at Hopper's house isn't all that new to the show, as we spent some time there in Season 1, and a good chunck in Season 2 as well, with Eleven hiding out and eating waffles.

But day-to-day domesticating would seem a long way away from the truly strange happenings in Hawkins, so we'll have to see what this has to do with the Upside Down, which is currently gated up, when Stranger Things 3 drops in the Summer of 2019. In the meantime, let us know in the comments what home-improvement projects you're most looking forward to watching Hopper perform?