David Harbour Stranger Things 2

Admit it, when you first sat down to watch the second season of ‘Stranger Things‘, part of you was worried it wouldn’t live up to the first. It’s to be expected with any show where expectations are as high as they are with ‘Stranger Things’. Even more so when the first season proves to be such an unexpected hit. And it’s a concern that’s often shared on the opposite side of the camera.

Indeed, one can only imagine the pressure that the Duffer Brothers felt when they went to work on the second season. But the cast had concerns of their own, and they weren’t limited to the expected sophomore jitters. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, David Harbour explained that his biggest worry going into the second season had to do with the way the audience might react to his character’s new found relationship with Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven. In particular, Harbour was worried about what he describes as the “serial killer vibes” that could have accompanied the revelation (at the end of the season’s first episode) that Eleven had been living with Hopper in a remote cabin:

“I was terrified that the audience’s takeaway would be that this was either sexualized in some way or that it was in some way dangerous. I was very, very proud and overwhelmed by the response of people just getting that Hopper is a good guy and that he does really love her and care about her and is worried about her and that that relationship really resonated on a father-daughter level.”

What did you think of Hopper’s relationship with Eleven? Do you agree that it was heartwarming or were Harbour’s worries well founded? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check back with ScienceFiction.com for more on the third season of ‘Stranger Things’ as it becomes available.

‘Stranger Things’ has been renewed for a third season by Netflix. No premiere date has been announced at this time, though the early word is that it may not arrive until 2019. The series stars Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Joe Keery, Natalia Dyer, and Charlie Heaton.