Stranger Things 4 Confirms David Harbour's Hopper Is Alive As Production Begins

Lula Sharp
February 14, 2020

Netflix has debuted a Stranger Things season 4 teaser trailer just in time for Valentine's Day that seems to show Hopper (David Harbour) alive - although not necessarily well - after his apparent demise at the end of season 3.

Captioned "From Russia with love.", the trailer opens to a scene seemingly a million miles away from Hawkins - a snowy Russian base camp. Could he be featuring in some way in season 4? A group of men swing pickaxes at a railroad track, and the camera focuses in on one worker in particular, who takes off his hat... And the 50-second teaser has fans talking as the fate of series favorite Jim Hopper is revealed.

Turns out, that American - as was much speculated - is nearly certainly Hopper.

A statement from showrunners the Duffer Brothers reads: "We're excited to officially confirm that production on Stranger Things 4 is now underway - and even more excited to announce the return of Hopper!"

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Although fans will no doubt be thrilled to see Hopper is alive, it's not all good news as he is being held as a prisoner in Kamchatka "where he will face dancers both human... and other". "In the meantime - pray for the American", the Duffer brothers said.

Back in the States, there is set to be "a new horror" surfacing, with the description explaining "something long buried, something that connects everything".

You can see the latest trailer as well as the Season 4 teaser in the videos above.

As was hinted at in the final moments of Stranger Things Season 3, the huggable Hawkins Police chief was not vaporized but instead transported to Russian Federation. However, there are a few clues out there that hint when the hit show might return to Netflix, with some pointing to another holiday-themed release (via Inverse) December.

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