Summer television has often been viewed as a lull period in television programming, although one wouldn't know it based on what's on deck over the next couple months. Among other high-profile shows hitting TV soon is Netflix's Stranger Things, which will premiere Season 3 in early July. David Harbour was recently very high up on the new episodes at a recent convention.
At the MCM Comic Con, David Harbour teased to audiences that the Season 3 finale in particular might be one that requires some tissues. In his words:
His daughter is becoming a teenager and beginning to find herself, so that's scarier for Hopper than any Demogorgon creature that he's going to have to deal with. You get to see a lot of that throughout the season and it's very unexpected what happens in the end, and it's very, very moving. I think Episode 8 is the most moving thing we've ever shot.
David Harbour offered high praise for the Stranger Things Season 3 finale, which surely must have fans minds racing now that he's revealed that much. Does the end of Season 3 feature a major death, an unexpected return of a character, or maybe some other huge emotional moment? Harbour obviously didn't go into explicit detail to attendees at MCM Comic Con (via Digital Spy), but he probably said enough to get many in the Stranger Things fandom excited.
The context of the quote is interesting, as David Harbour's reference to the season finale was paired alongside comments he made regarding Eleven and Hopper's dynamic in Season 3. Eleven/Jane is growing up, and if fans thought the Hawkins sheriff had his hands full keeping a super-powered girl on house arrest, Harbour teased Hopper's got a whole other set of problems with her in Season 3.
Millie [Eleven] is growing up and I think that's the terrifying thing for Hopper. He doesn't like the idea of his baby daughter hanging out with boys. So the season starts with him a little bit uncomfortable.
Ugh, does anyone else get the vibe this unexpected moving twist involves Eleven and Hopper, and not in a good way? Losing either character to some Upside Down beast (or another threat) would be devastating, and choosing between which character's absence would hurt Stranger Things the most would be the ultimate Sophie's Choice-like decision for fans. Do we really need this heartbreak? Is it too late to pretend we're all in love with Billy so that he can get a very, very moving death instead of someone else?
Of course, David Harbour's various sentiments could be entirely unrelated. Perhaps he was just explaining Hopper's situation in Season 3, and then mentioned Season 3's finale being very emotional as an aside. Had he actually said, "Don't worry, those two statements aren't related," then he may have found himself in hot water with the Duffer Brothers, which wouldn't be the first time that's happened.
To play the happy-go-lucky devil's advocate, it's quite possible that David Harbour isn't talking about anything tragic when he refers to something being "very, very moving." It might just be the most heartwarming moment that could possibly happen between Hopper and Eleven. But, knowing this show, that would probably be followed immediately by something super-awful.
Stranger Things returns to Netflix for Season 3 Thursday, July 4 at 12:01 a.m. PT. Stick with CinemaBlend for more on the horror drama in the meantime, as well as more news regarding upcoming summer television and Hollywood blockbusters.