Stranger Things' David Harbour Just Revealed Some Bad News About Season Three


Since I finished binge-watching season two of ‘Stranger Things’, there’s been a huge Hawkins shaped hole in my life that I’ve been desperately trying to fill.

Long story short, I’ve been unable to fill that void, and in truth the only two things keeping me from doing something I might regret are the fact that it’s very nearly Christmas, and season three of Stranger Things will probably come around next year.

Well, much to dismay, I’ve just found out that one of those things probably ain’t gonna happen (don’t worry, Christmas is still going ahead as scheduled… I think?) because David Harbour – who plays the real hero of the piece, (Stranger Things, not Christmas) Chief Jim Hopper – has told Variety that co-creators Ross and Matt Duffer are still working on the script for season three, which could mean that the upcoming series is delayed until 2019.

He told them:

“I mean, one of the things that’s annoying for fans is that it takes us a long time to do them. Like, you probably won’t get [Season 3] until sometime in 2019. But also part of the thing is, like any good thing, they need time. And those guys work so hard. I mean, they just sit in their apartment and write for 12, 14 hours a day.”

Great, next you’ll be telling me that my ticket to see Star Wars on Friday is no longer valid. Man, I can’t catch a break at the moment.

Confirmation of the show’s renewal for a third season was announced a few weeks back, which came as absolutely no surprise to anyone that’s ever watched the crown jewel of Netflix’s original series.

Information about the new series has been scarce though, with Ross Duffer simply saying that it will be ‘weirdly more intimate’ and ‘a lot of fun.’

What we do know, however – thanks to producer Shawn Levy – is that one of the main antagonists from season one – who also makes a brief cameo in season two – will be making a return in the next series.

That person is the nefarious Dr. Brenner, the one who Eleven calls ‘Papa’ and the right wrong un’ who oversaw all the experiments on her in the Hawkins lab.

If you’ll recall, at the end of season one, he appeared to meet a particularly sticky end at the hands of the Demogorgon, although it was left somewhat ambiguous given that we didn’t actually see his body.

We did, however, catch a glimpse of Matthew Modine’s character in season two, during the episode The Lost Sister where Eight and her crew – as well as Eleven – are about to kill an ex-Hawkins Lab employee who told her Brenner was still alive.

Eight then users her powers to create an illusion of Dr. Brenner in Eleven’s head which is how we see him.

With that in mind, in an interview with Collider, Levy confirmed that it wasn’t the last we’ll be seeing of the sinister scientist.

He said:

“Whether or not people feel [episode seven] was entirely successful, the Duffers want to take some swings, and they know that they’re not gonna please everybody. But that feeling of the world getting a bit bigger especially coupled with the fact that it now seems clear that Brenner is alive, Brenner is out there.” 

This seems to tie in with what Stranger Things co-creators The Duffer Brothers said after the first season aired, when they spoke to IGN in 2016.

“I would say that if we were going to kill Brenner … as an audience member watching the show, if that was his death, that would be very unsatisfying to me — when the monster jumps on him and we cut away. He would deserve much more than that as an ending. So yes, there’s a possibility of seeing him again.”

All this Stranger Things talk is getting me excited, but I suppose good things come to those who wait.

Roll on 2019!

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