Warning: This post contains spoilers for the third season of Stranger Things ! Stop reading if you do not want to know what's going on.
• Actor Brett Gelman returned to his second season as Murray Bauman.
• Murray is a conspiracy theorist and investigator whom Hopper knows.
• Gelman talked to us about everything Stranger Things 3 .
Brett Gelman's face may have been familiar to TV fans before he appeared on Stranger Things. In series such as Mad Men and Love Gelman played a series of assholes, crazies and special balls. lived sitcoms like married and go on . When he appeared in the second season of Netflix's hit science fiction / mystery series Murray, the conspiracy theorist and Russia-based expert, the fit was natural.
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"I was just as sad about the death of Chief Hopper as any other," he said to Men's Health . "I mean, I shouted for this letter, I knew this monologue would come, but I thought … oh, it's heartbreaking."
Murray was a funny surprise in the second season of the series and We rejoiced to see him return, and while performing in the same number of episodes as in the second season – four -, Murray's role in Stranger Things 3 felt greatly expanded when compared to Hopper, Joyce and Alexei traveled from place to place. "I was not disappointed with what I was given in season two," Gelman said, "but I thought the Duffers and the rest of the writing team really made my character grow and more do and become. "More important for the plot. "
The relationship to which Strange Things was really tied was Murray's relationship with the (deceased and doomed) Russian know Scha Finn Alexei. The response to the sloppy, carnival-loving Alexei was huge and he and Murray built a fun relationship on screen. Alexei's discovery of American culture, which included not only slurpees, but also burgers, carnival games, and more, gave the normally grumpy Murray – at least temporarily – a fun-loving attitude that could not wait to eat this corndog.
Gelman noticed the strong reaction to his character and even posted some Murray / Alexei / Joyce / Hopper fan art on his own Instagram. "I had hoped that this would be the reaction, but you never think that's for sure until it happens, and then the way it happens is so massive that it almost does not seem real . "
It's impossible to chat with a cast member of Stranger Things without theorizing what happened at the end of the season. A quick review: Murray, along with Chief Hopper and Joyce, infiltrated the Russians' base and, after correcting Planck's Constant, could turn off the Upside Down machine, which apparently killed Hopper. But a post-credits scene that takes place in a Russian jail and refers to an unnamed "American" has many questions as to who that might be.
"I think it's JFK," Gelman said, laughing. "I really do not know, I really do not know, I have no idea, it could be a villain, it could be a hero, I have no idea, maybe they'll be setting a whole new character for the fourth season." ,
Another little Easter egg the fans have discovered is Murray's phone number, which was discovered on the show and also shared by Gelman on Instagram.
When you call the number, you get a message that's sure to be an indication for Strange Things 4 looks like:
"Hello, you have reached the residence of Murray Bauman: Mom, if you are there, please hang up and call me between 5 and 6 pm, as previously discussed.
"If that's Joyce, Joyce, thank you for calling, I've tried to reach you, I have an update, it's about it, it's probably best if we speak in person It's not good or bad, but it's something. "
" If that's anyone other than my mother or Joyce, you think you're really smart to get my number, right? Here are some important news for you: You are not smart. They are nothing special. You're just one of the many, many Nimwits who have called here, and the next one you'll ever reach me is this pre-recorded message. Do me a favor and hang up and never call again.
As expected, Gelman behaved cautiously with regard to Murray's voicemail message. "All I can say is that the Duffers wrote that and they were like . Are you going to do that? And they did not really tell me what it means, "he said.
Gelman did not offer a ton up here, so the only way to navigate to an answer was coded questions, so let's try again – If this voicemail refers to a specific police chief, would he be surprised?
"That's me! I would be terribly surprised, "he said laughingly at the Murray-like attempt to uncover a new play Stranger Things ." Everything about this show is surprising. No matter what that means, it will be a big shock to me. I do not know. "
OK, so maybe he does not know, but what he knows is one of the last scenes of his character in the season, in which he starred with Erica, Lucas's little sister Getting into a verbal sparring match. In the scene where Murray gives up a plan to return to the Russian base, Erica interrupts him halfway, explaining to him, based on her own recent experience, why his plan is not working "I'm sorry, why is this four-year-old talking to me?" Asks Murray, "I'm 10, you bald-headed bastard!" She yells back.
While this seemed like a scene that might have been improvised, Gelman noted Clearly it was indeed very tight-lipped and just as wild and funny as it came over on the screen. "It's really wild to yell at a kid, and then they even yell you back and call you a 'bald-headed bastard "" he said. "I wa Very proud of all the bald jokes. I carried them well. "
It was a great season to be Murray at Stranger Things and next time we see him, this Russian-speaking man may be able to rescue someone from a particular prison. Sure, Gelman may be terribly surprised, but we would not be.