Some details have emerged surrounding some brand new characters that will debut in season three of “Stranger Things”, and it’s easy to see what the duffer brothers are going for with the show’s third instalment.
According to That Hashtag Show, the town of Hawkins will soon gain a few new residents (who’ve presumably been there all along, but weren’t very helpful either of the previous times the town was infested by monsters).
Apparently, a casting call for the new season is looking for:
“‘Mayor Larry Kline’. Described as a classic, 80’s style slick politician, ‘Kline’ is described as pathetic and driven only by his own interests. The studio is looking for a male, 40s-60s, to fill the role.
‘Bruce’. A morally compromised news reporter in his 50s, ‘Bruce’ was described as outwardly sexist, overweight and bedraggled.
‘Patricia Brown’. ‘Patricia’ seems to be filing the role of the sweet, neighborhood elder. The studio is looking for a woman in her 70s for the role which will see her spending a lot of time tending to her garden and offering her advice to the neighborhood kids. Given the Duffer brothers affinity for subverting expectations, we find ourselves wondering if this sweet old lady might have some connection to the Upside Down; then again, that might be just the type of thing they want us to think we know and she just ends up a sweet old lady!”
So what’s the connecting theme here?
From the sounds of it, all three of these new characters are suspicious authority figures.
Sure, we don’t know necessarily that Patricia is as sneaky as The Hashtag Show assumes, but she’s still going to be eyed with suspicion by many viewers who are going to be waiting for the other foot to drop.
Which, let’s face it, is exactly what the Duffer Brothers want.
In season one of “Stranger Things”, the core team of kids were young and innocent. Season two saw them getting their first real experience of adolescence.
Next season, after an extended time away from our screens, the kids are going to be full on teenagers, with all the rebellious desires that this entails. Naturally, all the grown ups in their world are going to seem useless, unhelpful, and potentially dangerous.
Hence, the insertion of a few authority figures that are clearly less than noble. Up until now, the show’s big hero has been Hopper (a man who, himself, isn’t always on the level with the kids). In the third season, we’ll see additional potential role models that end up being disappointments.
A big part of “Stranger Things” is creating a sense of nostalgia longing, not just for the Eighties, but for childhood itself.
From the sounds of it, season three is where that nostalgic bubble burst, and we’re faced with characters that are beginning to grow up and realize that the world can’t be neatly divided into good and evil.
Here’s hoping Gramma Pat’s brownies are at least on the level, or, if nothing else, filled with weed.