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David Harbour Says Paul Wesley Thought Netflix Was Trying to 'Bury' the First Season of 'Stranger Things'

David Harbour Says Paul Wesley Thought Netflix Was Trying to 'Bury' the First Season of 'Stranger Things'

Paul Wesley wasn’t so sure Stranger Things was going to become a worldwide phenomenon!

During an appearance at New York Comic Con on Saturday (October 9), David Habour said he was going to throw the Vampire Diaries actor “under the bus” by bringing up one of their past conversations.

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The pair worked on an off-Broadway play together before Stranger Things was released and David recalled telling Paul he thought there wasn’t enough publicity surrounding the new show.

“So about two weeks before the show I was like, ‘There’s still no ads, man, like buses and phone, there’s no ads,’ and he [Paul] was like, ‘Sorry man, they’re trying to bury it,’” the Black Widow star began. “It was clearly a terrible show.”

He went on to say that after their conversation, panic started to set in.

“I was like, ‘Oh no, man. I blew it. I had like one of the leads on a Netflix show, and I blew it, we all blew it,’” David said.

“I think one of the things that people love about it, and it’s so hard to have in today’s culture, is you discovered it,” he continued. “I mean, like, you didn’t hear much about it, and you just sort of were playing around on Netflix and … people were like, ‘Oh this looks kind of good,’ and there was a sense of discovery about it. That was brilliant.”

David added that the decision to not promote the first season was allegedly a calculated move on the streamer’s part.

“The advertising department claimed later on that that was the manipulation the entire time, and that they’re just geniuses. But, I don’t know what’s true,” he revealed.

The fourth season of Stranger Things is set to premiere on Netflix in 2022.

David recently dished on the upcoming season in a new interview. Check it out!

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