Netflix simply dropped a brief teaser for the approaching fourth season of Stranger Issues, and it unearths a doozy of a spoiler. Police Leader 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 3 seasons underneath.)
When we last left our plucky teenaged sleuths and their allies, that they had effectively crushed again a 3rd strive through the so-called Thoughts-Flayer to flee the Upside Down and take over the city of Hawkins, Indiana, the place the collection has to this point been set. However that victory didn’t come and not using a value: 11 (Millie Bobby Brown) misplaced her telekinetic powers after being bitten through the Flay-Monster. And her adoptive father, Hopper, sacrificed himself to avoid wasting the city within the season 3 finale. 11 is taken in through Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder), and all of the Byers extended family strikes clear of Hawkins.
Sequence creators Matt and Ross Duffer (jointly the Duffer Brothers) have hinted that season 4 will open up the storytelling to incorporate plot traces out of doors of Hawkins, with the Russians and their captive Demogorgon enjoying a big position. A mid-credits scene following the S3 finale hinted that S4 would delve additional into the Russian subplot. Two Russian guards manner a jail door. “No longer the American,” one guard says. As an alternative, the guards drag off a Russian prisoner and lock him in a room with a captive Demogorgon, which proceeds to eat the screaming prisoner.
There was once a lot on-line hypothesis that “The American” was once a connection with Hopper, who come what may survived the explosion again in Hawkins. We by no means noticed a corpse, finally. (Another choice was once Dr. Martin Brenner, performed through Matthew Modine; a S2 reference hinted he may nonetheless be alive.) Obviously the ones suspicions had been warranted with this primary teaser.
It is quick and candy. The teaser opens with a large shot of a wintry weather wilderness—particularly in Kamchatka, Russia—and the digicam progressively zooms in on a military-style encampment, with guards in Soviet uniforms (circa mid-’80s) and canine patrolling the grounds. Lower to an extended line of chained prisoners running on railroad tracks, because the digicam view strikes down the monitor to concentrate on one hooded prisoner particularly. He pushes again his hood to expose he is Jim Hopper, with a shaven head. The digicam lingers a second after which is going darkish with only a slight chirring sound heard within the background, hinting on the persevered affect of the Upside Down.
We nonetheless do not 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 onerous hard work on a sequence gang become Hopper’s signature “dad bod”? In truth, it is a bit sudden that Netflix selected to drop this type of main divulge this some distance upfront of the brand new season. However the Duffer Brothers are obviously assured that there are nonetheless a lot of surprises in retailer. This is their statement:
“We’re excited to formally verify that manufacturing on Stranger Issues four is now underway—and much more excited to announce the go back of Hopper. Even though it’s no longer all excellent information for our ‘American’; he’s imprisoned some distance from house within the snowy wilderness of Kamchatka, the place he’s going to 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 the whole thing… Season four is shaping as much as be the largest and maximum horrifying season but, and we can’t look ahead to everybody to look extra. Within the interim — pray for the American.”