Parenthood Hasn’t Been Kind to Jim Hopper in Stranger Things 3

Being a father in the ’80 was no easy job, especially if you had a telekinetic teenager to raise. In the upcoming Stranger Things 3,fans will get the chance to see Police Chief Jim Hopper’s struggle to give Eleven a normal life, in spite of her psychokinetic and telepathic abilities. Speaking with Entertainment WeeklyStranger Things star David Harbour admitted that his character got fatter, and he might have a harder time keeping up with the action.

“It thrusts him into a discussion with Joyce [Winona Ryder],” said Harbour. “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. 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.”

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In the same feature, co-creator of Netflix science fiction horror series Matt Duffer revealed that the upcoming season will focus on “the theme of change”.

“We wanted to explore the theme of change,” Duffer stated. “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? Eleven closed the Gate, but the Mind Flayer is still alive in the Upside Down. It will find another way into Hawkins.… It’s just a matter of time.”

Stranger Things 3 will premiere on Netflix on July 4. How do you think Jim Hopper will fare in the upcoming season? Let us know in the comments section below.