The second season of ‘Stranger Things‘ is still a mystery as the Duffer Brothers won’t share any details on their creation but David Harbour (‘Suicide Squad’,’The Equalizer’) who plays Sheriff Jim Hopper has opened up a little. He talks about the fate of Eleven as well some other fun details on what we can expect when this breakout Netflix series returns next year. Obviously, there are some spoilers below so tread lightly!
When things turn to ‘Stranger Things’ one of the plot threads that felt incomplete was the fate of Barb. Yes, she’s clearly dead but it wasn’t very well addressed by the town or her parents on the show. However there might just be justice for Barb:
“Apparently the creators have assured me there will be justice for Barb in season one, which I don’t know what that means. But I will disappoint you in I’m pretty sure she’s pretty dead. I don’t know that Barb will be coming back, but there will be justice.”
One thing that worked for the cast and crew though is they never had a clue if the series would be successful or not. Many shows start on the premise that they will be but for the team behind this one:
“We didn’t know what we were making, and we were insecure. We didn’t know if what we were making was good. We’d go home at the end of the day being scared and tired…. This has more of a feel of a pick-up game, like the replacement team. ‘We’re coming in and trying to do our best.
“It bred a humbleness before the work and a humbleness before the story, and we’re like, ‘Let’s just tell a great story.’ I like that.”
I think by now they know not only that it was good but that fans are in love and can’t wait for more! How might this success work against the show, though?
“The polished nature is “something that we have to struggle with or at least incorporate into our process….. We’ll probably have a little more money in the budget, and I think that we have to acknowledge that, as opposed to trying to fight against it and trying to pretend. But it’s going to be a challenge, because I think part of the clunkiness of season one…is part of what gives it its charm.
“We’re going to have to find something in season two that’s more extraordinary, and I don’t even know what that is yet. But it can’t have pretend clumsiness. We do know what we’re making now.”
I think if anything the practical effects budget for the monsters will get the biggest increase here past actor raises as they could easily add more creepiness into the Upside Down or those creatures who are escaping from it into our world.
While Harbour wouldn’t specifically tell us what the next season would look like he does say that:
“[T]he characters have survived an event in their town… Hopper himself was struggling, and he battled this demon and saved this child, and he goes into season two with more of that confidence. So hopefully that’s where we start the story, and we’ll see where it takes us.”
While working on ‘Stranger Things’ we did see that the Sheriff wasn’t that likable at the beginning of the season. As the show went on we slowly learned why and the dark place he was coming from felt very real with the struggle we saw on screen. His unlikable nature at the start began to soften and you could empathize with him and even understand why this entire case was so hard for him as:
“… a guy you don’t trust or aren’t sure about. I wanted him to grow into a heroic stature because I like that journey.
This guy hates children. He drinks. He pops pills. He kind of makes fun of people, he’s kind of a jerk. Then I wanted you to see that that schtick that he’s developed came out of place of real personal tragedy in his life. And then you can have more compassion for him.”
Moving past the good Sheriff, I’m sure the reason you’re actually reading this article though is to find out a little bit about Eleven’s fate. Did she die? Why is he leaving out Eggos? Well, he doesn’t give too much in details but does give one huge spoiler when he says that:
“I will tell you that there’s no way you can create a character as iconic as Eleven in our show and kill her at the end of season one.”
We’ve all suspected it but that is the first time that we’ve truly heard that Eleven will be back! I mean, I doubt they would have killed her but now we know. That doesn’t say though if we’ll be seeing a return of the Demogorgon or if new supernatural creatures from the Upside Down will be plaguing our heroes.
You can check out the interview for yourself below:
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Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!