Stranger Things Season four could have dropped a revelatory teaser again within the halcyon days of February 2020, however substantive updates on the hit Netflix present’s return have been virtually nonexistent ever since. Nevertheless, star David Harbour has seemingly shed some gentle on the story for the upcoming fourth body, particularly concerning the presumed-dead character, Jim Hopper.
Certainly, Harbour’s Hopper sacrificed himself in an explosive climactic second on the finish of 2019’s Stranger Issues Season 3, however the February teaser revealed (some may say spoiled,) that he’s alive and (arguably) effectively, pounding railroad spikes in a snowy labor camp in Russia; a reveal that expands on our introduction to the mysterious setting in Season 3’s post-credits scene, which dropped a clue within the cell block in regards to the presence of “The American.” Whereas Harbour now admits that he was taking part in issues coy when requested about Hopper’s potential return, he reveals that the twist was at all times the plan from present creators Matt and Ross Duffer. As he explains to Total Film of the poorly-kept secret:
“I knew. We knew. We had talked about it.” He laughs, additional stating, “I simply wished to protect the fantasy for everybody. And it’s such a bizarre place that we’re in now with a lot media, that everyone desires to speak to you about it.
In fact, with Hopper having went up in an explosion after destroying a Russian system designed to make use of the Upside Down as a portal, the how’s and why’s concerning his destiny and the way during which he obtained to stated camp all the best way from Hawkins, Indiana will be theorized. But, viewers are nonetheless left with out context. Now, evidently Harbour has offered stated context, albeit in a metaphorical method, evaluating the obvious resurrection of Jim Hopper to that of Ian McKellen’s wizard, Gandalf the Gray, in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, particularly concerning the character’s presumed demise in The Fellowship of the Rings whereas battling the Balrog, solely to resurface in second movie The Two Towers in a blindingly luminescent new getup, seemingly stronger than ever, bearing the brand new designation, Gandalf the White. As Harbour continues in regards to the Duffers’ plans:
“I’ve had these discussions [about Hopper’s resurrection] with them from the very first season. We had been at all times concerned about that concept of the Gandalf resurrection – Gandalf the Gray who fights the Balrog after which turns into Gandalf the White. It’s the concept of the resurrection of the character. And mythologically, Hopper, in a way, needed to change. I imply, you couldn’t go on the best way he was happening. He has to resurrect in a roundabout way. So, it was an ideal alternative to do this. So, we’ll see a really totally different man going forwards. The identical man however in a unique vein. It’s a really cool factor to have the ability to play.”
Whereas there’s a Tolkien-text rabbit gap concerning Gandalf’s transformation that’s deep sufficient to irreparably sidetrack this text, our deal with Harbour’s level seemingly defines a redemptive route during which Jim Hopper’s arc is heading. The character began Season 1 as an detached, hard-drinking, chain-smoking, pill-popping police chief who deserted the idea of caring about something on the planet; an angle that regularly modified after the monstrous incursions from the Upside Down, his slowly burgeoning romance with Joyce and the position he ultimately assumed as a loving foster father to Eleven. Thus, like Gandalf—who plummeted to a presumed loss of life down the chasm of the Bridge of Khazad-dûm, solely to emerge reborn, each in physique and spirit—as a form of quasi-holy savior, Harbour’s native lawman shall be modified in probably the most intrinsic methods by his captivity in Russia, and probably by the mysterious method during which it initially occurred.