Stranger Things- David Harbour dances as Jim Hopper

Stranger Things Season 3 will take a cue from '80s cult classic Fletch

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Aug 18, 2018

The stakes and expectations for Stranger Things Season 3 are high, but we can get a sense of what is to come when summer 2019 rolls around. 

Netflix hosted a spooky Stranger Things screening for an Emmy nomination celebration event at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday. One of the show's lead actors, David Harbour, gave a very candid Q&A on the direction of the show and his character's next arc.

There might be love in the air for Harbor's character, Chief Jim Hopper, and Joyce, played by the exceptional Winona Ryder. “I think it’d be interesting to see if Hopper has it in him to be vulnerable with a woman and to actually be able to show up in that capacity, like what kind of a man he would be in a relationship if that comes to fruition," Harbor tantalized at the FYC event according to Variety's Tara Bitran. “There may be other people in the mix in this situation, but I think they’re built for each other, and I would love to see them get together." It makes sense that they would hook with Sean Austin out of the picture because of spoiler alert: he dead.

If that isn't enough, Hopper's father-daughter bond with Millie Bobby Brown's character Eleven is going to get a bit more intricate on many different levels.  “Their relationship is going to get far more complex, because, you know, things happen to girls and boys when they’re 13 and 14,” Harbor answered. “A lot of changes go on in the body and in your social life, and I don’t think he’s going to handle watching her become a woman in front of his eyes very well. That’s a horrifying thing for him — maybe even more so than fighting inter-dimensional monsters.” 

It isn't Stranger Things without '80s nostalgia to give us a sense of where we are in their world, but this one might be too left field for most. Harbor told Variety that the self-described "darker, scarier, bigger, broader" season three would take a page from the 1985 cult classic Fletch. That's right, that obscure movie where Chevy Chase plays a journalist-slash-ladies man trying to write the story of the century will serve as "a source of inspiration."

“The Duffers are so specific each year with the movies. And Fletch is one movie we get to play around and have some fun with this season, which you wouldn’t expect from ‘Stranger Things’ and you wouldn’t expect from the Spielberg universe and you certainly wouldn’t expect from a darker season," Harbor told Variety.

Thankfully, there will be some levity attached to the highly anticipated season. Are you excited to get more Harbor in season three? Cast your feelings in the comments below.