Fans of the Netflix hit are in for a surprise today. For Valentine's Day, a Stranger Things 4 teaser trailer showed up on Netflix channels titled "From Russia with Love". Within the teaser is a significant surprise for fans of the show which will generate buzz for the upcoming fourth season of Stranger Things, currently in production.
Be warned, the teaser below does contain a very large spoiler which we then cover the significance of.
So there it is, the question surrounding Chief Jim Hopper's fate has been answered. At the end of Season 3, Hopper is presumed dead after a significant energetic explosion in an underground base. Fans of the show had noted that the final shot before the explosion didn't seem to show Hopper at all, while others suggested he may just be out of shot. What followed was a memorable sequence of emotion-laden scenes as Hopper's death seemed to break apart the iconic group in Hawkins Indiana, with the Byers family leaving with Eleven for pastures new.
A mid-credit scene fueled speculation of Hopper's survival when a guard refers to "The American" in a prison cell in Kamchatka, Russia. Others speculated or even hoped that the American was the long-lost Season 1 antagonist Dr. Martin Brenner, the head of the nefarious Hawkins National Lab.
How Hopper could have survived fueled speculation ranging from his teleportation to the Upside Down, or to another base in Russia, or simply to the presence of a ladder seen a few feet away in shots of the platform he appeared to die on. That question will likely be answered in Season 4.
"We are excited to officially confirm that production on 'Stranger Things 4' is now underway - and even more excited to announce the return of Hopper!" Stranger Things creators, Matt & Ross Duffer, said in a statement. They go on to explain that Hopper will face human and other threats in Russia, while back in the United States a long-buried horror is surfacing, and it will connect everything.
So why reveal such a large spoiler so early? It would be impossible to hide David Harbour's involvement in the filming of Season 4.
Stranger Things 4 has no release date as of yet, but would likely be released no earlier than December this year, and most likely around Spring 2021.
Written by: James Delahunty @ 14 Feb 2020 11:30