It is no doubt that Stranger Things is Netflix’s most popular and successful show. The moment Stranger Things season one debuted on Netflix, the sci-fi series was a hit amongst viewers. The show continued on for four seasons—with a fifth and final season confirmed by The Duffer Brothers.
However, you’d be shocked to know that one of the show’s stars didn’t think it wouldn’t make it past season one!
Yes, you heard it right!
“Stranger Things” star David Harbour during one of the interviews actually admitted that he feared the show would be canceled after filming the first season. The Emmy-nominated star said on BBC’s “The One Show” (via Insider) that he started losing hope for the show’s success midway through filming Season 1.
David Harbour during his interview with BBC’s The One Show recalled the moment when he thought that the Netflix series wouldn’t get renewed for a second season. He said, “I remember when we were shooting the first season. Netflix provided a $20 budget when we were down in Atlanta,”.
About episode four, when we were shooting, my hair person came up to me and said, “I don’t think it’ll work,” he continued. “When we wrapped, I thought we wouldn’t get a second season. We would be the first Netflix show never to get a second season.”
Well, obviously it turns out Harbour was totally and completely wrong with his prediction. Because the show became the service’s biggest English language TV series. And acquired a viewership of 188.19 million views! And right before the premiere of Volume 2, Netflix’s servers crashed!
Well, obviously these records are more than enough to prove how big of a show Stranger Things actually turned out to be.
What does David Harbour Think About Stranger Things Season 5 Now?
As for David, the actor will reprise his role as Jim Hopper in the final season. Not only that, but the show creators have also confirmed that the Stranger Things universe will continue to expand! The creators already confirmed that a spin-off series is already in the works.
As mentioned earlier, the Harbour-starring series will wrap up in its fifth and final season, and Netflix will keep the “Stranger Things” franchise alive well into the future. Creators Matt and Ross Duffer are currently working on a spinoff series, while a stage play set within the world and mythology of “Stranger Things” is in the works.
Reportedly, Sonia Friedman, Stephen Daldry, and Netflix are producing the show together.
Speaking about this spin-off series, the Duffer Brothers have remained pretty tight-lipped on the project. However, they did confirm one major detail: the series won’t focus on the OG show’s characters. The creators shared that the project will be “1000% different” from the original.
Matt said, “I’ve read these rumors that there’s gonna be an Eleven or a Steve and Dustin spin-off, e.t.c.” “That’s not interesting to me because we’ve done all that. All of that has taken us countless hours to explore. So it’s very different.”
If the Duffer brothers decided to come up with a prequel centered on Harbour’s Hopper, then the actor would not mind. “At this point, I think Hopper is a character that can exist independent of me,” he told GQ magazine.
Whenever they want to travel backward or forwards in time… I’d love to see someone else play Hopper, and see what they can bring.”