Filming has already begun on the highly-anticipated third season of Stranger Things, and after they once again received a slew of Emmy nominations, executive producer/director Shawn Levy and actor David Harbour have given fans a tease of what we can expect from Season 3.

After having received 12 Emmy nominations for the series, Shawn Levy revealed that this season is “definitely going to yet darker still, places that I think audiences are going to really love. It’s got so much heart and humour.”

Levy also added that he’s been shooting in Georgia for weeks and the season is “shaping up really, really well.”

Meanwhile, Harbour, who nabbed a Supporting Actor nomination, hinted that the upcoming season is inspired by some of 1985’s “epic” films – although he did say he’d get in trouble if he actually named any of them:

“If you’re a real fan of Stranger Things and you really want to know, I would go look at the great films that were released in ’85, of which there were many, and just go down that list and think of the possibilities that we could be going with. I think it is a specific season to 1985, and so you’ll see references to that.”

The actor then went on to explain that while Season 1 was very “Stephen King-y” and Season 2 was “more Spielberg-y”, Season 3 is shaping up to be a little more experimental: “We’re experimenting a lot this season, and we’re taking risks, and I hope that they pay off but they are risks. We’re going into territories we’ve never been to before, and it’s exciting.”

As far as everyone’s favourite Chief is concerned, Season 3 will see a Hopper that is a blend of the man we saw in the first two seasons:

“We had a little softer season with Jim in Season 2, where he was really working off these fatherly instincts and understanding a responsibility that was larger than himself, and I think one of the things that we missed from Season 1 was this guy who goes into government facilities and punches people in the face. He’s not a doofus, but he’s a bit of a Columbo character. There was a sort of swashbuckling guy that we put on the back burner, so I think we’ll see a little more of the swashbuckling Hopper you may have liked from Season 1. It’s almost like [Season] 1 plus two, equals three. It’s like you have this third character now, who goes back to the swashbuckling guy of Season 1, but also has behind him this adopted daughter who he loves very much, so it’s really cool.”

These are some tasty nuggets of info, but with no Stranger Things until we get into next year, it’s not enough to sate the fans’ appetite. We need more!

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