Netflix simply dropped a brief teaser for the upcoming fourth season of Stranger Issues, and it reveals a doozy of a spoiler. Police Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) is alive and dealing on a Russian chain gang someplace within the desolate frozen expanse of the Soviet Union.
(Spoilers for first three seasons beneath.)
Once we final left our plucky teenaged sleuths and their allies, they’d efficiently overwhelmed again a 3rd try by the so-called Thoughts-Flayer to flee the Upside Down and take over the city of Hawkins, Indiana, the place the sequence has so far been set. However that victory didn’t come with out a price: Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) misplaced her telekinetic powers after being bitten by the Flay-Monster. And her adoptive father, Hopper, sacrificed himself to save lots of the city within the season three finale. Eleven is taken in by Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder), and your complete Byers clan strikes away from Hawkins.
Sequence creators Matt and Ross Duffer (collectively the Duffer Brothers) have hinted that season 4 will open up the storytelling to incorporate plot strains outdoors of Hawkins, with the Russians and their captive Demogorgon enjoying a significant position. A mid-credits scene following the S3 finale hinted that S4 would delve additional into the Russian subplot. Two Russian guards strategy a jail door. “Not the American,” one guard says. As a substitute, the guards drag off a Russian prisoner and lock him in a room with a captive Demogorgon, which proceeds to devour the screaming prisoner.
There was a lot on-line hypothesis that “The American” was a reference to Hopper, who someway survived the explosion again in Hawkins. We by no means noticed a corpse, in any case. (An alternative choice was Dr. Martin Brenner, performed by Matthew Modine; a S2 reference hinted he may nonetheless be alive.) Clearly these suspicions have been warranted with this primary teaser.
It is brief and candy. The teaser opens with a large shot of a winter wasteland—particularly in Kamchatka, Russia—and the digital camera steadily zooms in on a military-style encampment, with guards in Soviet uniforms (circa mid-’80s) and canines patrolling the grounds. Lower to an extended line of chained prisoners engaged on railroad tracks, because the digital camera view strikes down the monitor to give attention to one hooded prisoner specifically. He pushes again his hood to disclose he is Jim Hopper, with a shaven head. The digital camera lingers a second after which goes darkish with only a slight chirring sound heard within the background, hinting on the continued affect of the Upside Down.
We nonetheless don’t know how this plot level goes to play out or the way it suits inside the broader narrative for the season. And can all that tough labor on a series gang remodel Hopper’s signature “dad bod”? Actually, it’s kind of stunning that Netflix selected to drop such a significant reveal this far prematurely of the brand new season. However the Duffer Brothers are clearly assured that there are nonetheless loads of surprises in retailer. Right here is their assertion:
“We’re excited to formally verify that manufacturing on Stranger Issues 4 is now underway—and much more excited to announce the return of Hopper. Though it’s not all excellent news for our ‘American’; he’s imprisoned removed from residence within the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, the place he’ll face risks each human… and different. In the meantime, again within the states, a brand new horror is starting to floor, one thing lengthy buried, one thing that connects every little thing… Season Four is shaping as much as be the most important and most scary season but, and we can not wait for everybody to see extra. Within the meantime — pray for the American.”