“Stranger Things” Season 2 is one of the most highly anticipated shows this year, so it’s no surprise that David Harbour and most of the other cast members are feeling the pressure of delivering an installment as good as the first one.
The actor, who plays Hawkins police chief Jim Hopper, opened up about “Stranger Things” Season 2 during an interview at the Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, Feb. 19. He revealed that he and the other stars are hoping that the second installment will be more well-received than Season 1, which drew a lot of attention to the show. “We're completely terrified,” he told TV Guide. “We want it to be even better than Season 1.”
However, Harbour isn’t worried about the storyline as he believes fans will be as excited as he was when he first read the script and found out what happens to the characters of Hawkins, Indiana. “I got the script for the first episode of Season 2 and within the first five minutes I was on my feet going like, ‘Yes! Yes!’ If we do our jobs, I feel like we have a really exciting season ahead of us,” he recalled.
Harbour also dished on what’s in store for Chief Hopper in “Stranger Things” Season 2, teasing that things will be different for him this time around. The second season will pick up a year after the events of Season 1, which saw Barb (Shannon Purser) dying and Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) being saved due to joint effort of his family, friends and Chief Hopper.
According to the actor, Hopper will be much different than how he was at the beginning of “Stranger Things” Season 1, where he acted like a jerk. He didn’t divulge anything else about his character, but he did say that Hopper’s storyline will be “rich” and “compelling.”
Harbour also revealed that he finds it hard to be scared of the Demogorgon, since he’s seen how the Upside Down monster is created. He told the publication that the man-eating monster is nothing more than a “guy in a puppet suit with, like, fans blowing into him because he's so hot in this rubber suit.”
He explained that there’s a big difference between filming the show and actually watching the finished product on the screen. “When you’re shooting it, it’s totally different,” he shared, after revealing that he gets emotionally invested in the characters when he watches the finished episodes of “Stranger Things.”
Meanwhile, Netflix released the first trailer for “Stranger Things” Season 2 earlier this month during the Super Bowl LI. The sneak peek confirmed the return of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), as well as the premiere date for the second installment.
“Stranger Things” Season 2 will be released on Friday, Oct. 31, on Netflix.