Stranger Things season 3 made us think, briefly, that Hopper (David Harbour) was dead. It was one hell of a ride, and his “death” was certainly emotionally devastating. Luckily, one of the first things we ever learned about season 4 was that Hopper was fine. Well, fine might be an overstatement. David Harbour teases Hopper’s return in comments he’s made in interviews! We’re getting a different Hopper, he’s changed between seasons!
Hopper might not have died, but he’s not doing super well. We have to assume anyway! What we know about him heading into season 4 is that he’s been trapped in a Russian Gulag. We have no idea what kind of stuff he’s endured since then. None of it was friendly, I bet.
David Harbour has been going around, doing press for his upcoming film. A small-time flick you might have heard of called Black Widow. We know season 4 will be a big one for Hopper and he basically said as much while speaking with Collider about Black Widow.
He says Hopper goes through a kind of Rebirth. He compares it to Gandalf’s transformation, going from grey to white.
“He’s been, as we’ve seen, he’s in this Russian prison, so we get to reinvent him in a sense. He gets to have a rebirth from what he had become, and we’d always sort of planned this almost resurrection of you have Gandalf die, Gandalf the Grey re-emerge, and I’m really interested in this resurgence of him,” Harbour said. “We get to explore a lot of threads in his life that have merely been hinted at that we get to see a lot more of. And there are some real surprises that you know nothing about that will start to come out in this and play big as the series goes on.”
He spoke a little more generally about Stranger Things season 4, too. It’s his favorite season, and he says it’s way bigger than the previous seasons.
“It’s bigger, that’s the first thing. In scope, in scale, even in the idea that we’re not in Hawkins anymore,” Harbour explained. “We, locale-wise, we’re bigger. We’re introducing new stuff, but we’re also tightening and wrapping up in a certain direction to make it have a clear, clean specific, and definite ending at some point, which I can’t really talk about.”
We don’t have a definitive date for Stranger Things season 4 yet, but we know it’s coming sometime in 2022. Are you excited for Hopper’s return?
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