Hopper and Joyce are going to have to face something far more terrifying than the Demogorgon or Mind-Flayer in ‘Stranger Thing 3’… puberty! Sadly, Hopper’s daughter passed away before he ever had to grapple with that, but now he is the surrogate father of a teen girl who is going through that metamorphosis, but she also happens to have telekinetic abilities. He wasn’t even able to keep her under lock and key in Season 2. What’s he going to do now?!
Luckily, he’ll have backup in the form of Joyce, with whom it has been heavily implied, he himself had a dalliance during their own teenage years.
As David Harbour, who plays Hopper, said:
“It thrusts him into a discussion with Joyce [Winona Ryder]. She’s able to offer me some advice on how to deal with being a single parent and how to, like, you know, stop being so damn controlling.”
Well, she didn’t do such a bang-up job in Season 1, but generally speaking, her two boys are pretty straight and narrow.
Series co-creator Matt Duffer says the internal changes the kids are experiencing, will mirror the larger events happening around them.
“We wanted to explore the theme of change. The season takes place during the last summer before high school. The kids are growing up, and that transition is going to be messy and awkward and painful. Are they able to grow up without growing apart?”
The teens aren’t the only ones that are going through changes. As Harbour says, despite his bulking up for ‘Hellboy’, Hopper’s dad bod will be back with a vengeance in ‘Stranger Things 3’.
“This season, Hopper does a lot of really big, like, action-y things. But he’s fatter than you’ve ever seen him and less capable of hurting people, but a little more capable because he’s just like a big elephant.”
Well, that rampaging elephant will muscle his way back in the highly-anticipated ‘Stranger Things 3’, which becomes available on July 4th, on Netflix.
Source: Entertainment Weekly