David Harbor’s character, Hawkins Police Chief Jim Hopper, has one of the most important story arcs in Stranger Things. In the first season, he is depicted as grouchy and impatient due to a minor drinking problem. However, it gradually turns out that deep down he is a big teddy bear. Especially Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Joyce (Winona Ryder). However, if Harbor’s early opinions of the series were true, this touching transition would never have happened.
In an interview with the BBC “The Only Show” the actor revealed that while filming the premiere season in Atlanta, there was a lot of talk that the show would fail. “Halfway through, I remember my hairdresser came up to me, like in the fourth episode we were filming, and she said, ‘I don’t think this is going to work,’” he recalled.
Harbor was convinced that Stranger Things would be canceled and hit an undesirable record. “By the time we finished, we were done, I thought we weren’t going to have a second season, we would be the first Netflix show that would never have a second season,” he mused. “We thought no one would watch it, it would be a disaster.”
Needless to say, people have watched and continue to watch. During the week from May 27, when the first episodes of Season 4 were released, to June 19, Stranger Things was ranked number one among TV shows in Netflix is in the top ten in the world by a wide margin. In fact, the total number of hours viewers spent watching Season 4 in its first 28 days reached 1.33 billion, double the number that the runner-up series Bridgeton Season 2 managed to achieve.