'Stranger Things' Season 3 preview: Will Billy Hargrove remain the bad guy or will he finally redeem himself?

Hargrove came in as a replacement bad guy for Steve Harrington (Joe Kerry), the former high school jock, but soon evolved into a character who almost seems unredeemable


                            'Stranger Things' Season 3 preview: Will Billy Hargrove remain the bad guy or will he finally redeem himself?

Darce Montogomery's breakout role as Billy Hargrove on Netflix's 'Stranger Things' Season 2 was everything that fans had expected. He came in as a replacement bad guy for Steve Harrington (Joe Kerry), the former high school jock, but soon evolved into a character who almost seems unredeemable.

Billy was not only an insecure guy who lashed out at his step-sister, Max (Sadie Sink), as a way of getting back at his father, but at his core he was alone. He basically never had friends, unlike Steve, but actually had a few people who put him on a pedestal but never truly became his friends. 

With Season 3 of the Duffer Brothers-created series only three months away, we have to rely on the latest trailer to get an idea of what lies ahead for the characters.

We see a good portion of the trailer dealing with Billy, as he appears to have taken up a summer job as a lifeguard in a community pool, but there is more to it. When the show had released a teaser trailer with the titles of all the episodes, there was a particular title which said, 'The Case of the Missing Lifeguard'. The name itself gives away that something is about to go wrong with Billy, further confirmed when we come across a particular scene in the trailer. 

Billy has taken up the job of a lifeguard, but it might just be the end of him. (Instagram)
Billy has taken up the job of a lifeguard, but it might just be the end of him. (Instagram)

 

Billy is seen standing beneath the shower, and is seen in agony. Soon his gaze lowers upon his arm, which has been terribly infected with something.

Does that mean that instead of Will (Noah Schnapp), this time Billy is the Mind-Flyer's new victim? The last time we saw Billy in Season 2, he was literally attacked by Max who drugged him to sleep, and warned him to stay away from them.

However, the wound on his arm certainly was not inflicted by the syringe Max had used, but it looks like the deed of an evil being. Moreover, when Billy is spotted taking up his role as the lifeguard, we see him come across a new character, Heather (Francesca Reale), who is set to play a central role in the dark mystery. 

Billy comes across a girl named Heather who might have something to do with the mystery. (IMDb)
Billy comes across a girl named Heather who might have something to do with the mystery. (IMDb)

 

As the two interact, it can be assumed that something sparks between them, and maybe Heather is about to be responsible for everything that happens to Billy.

Does she have anything to do with the mark? The Duffer Brothers had intially brought in the character of Billy in order to showcase a human villain, who is just as bad as the supernatural one. However, since stakes are supposed to be higher in Season 3, it wouldn't be a surprise if the human villain merges with the supernatural one.

The creators had told Vulture during an interview, "Billy was supposed to have a bigger role. We ended up having so many characters it ended up, in a way, more teed up for season three than anything. There was a whole teen supernatural story line that just got booted because it was just too cluttered, you know? A lot of that’s just getting kicked into season three."

Billy was supposed to be the human villain in the story. (IMDb)
Billy was supposed to be the human villain in the story. (IMDb)

 

This is almost like a subtle hint at Billy becoming a worse version of himself, but then he won't be alone at his worst. Moreover, Billy's job is bound to keep him close to the water which often serves as a medium by the Demogorgon to pull its hunt into the Upside Down.

It has happened with Barb (Shannon Purser), who was at the pool-side when she was pulled in, and everytime Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) tries to travel to the other side, she uses water as a medium. All of this indicates that Billy's fate cannot be that good in Season 3, and we hope he will be able to come out of it. 'Stranger Things' Season 3 returns to Netflix on July 4.