Netflix left Stranger Things fans stunned this morning, delivering our first proper look at season 4 of the hit supernatural drama. The 50-second clip took us to Soviet Russia, where a bunch of workers were busy clearing railroad tracks under the instruction of the armed guards. The final seconds of the teaser, though, reveal that Hopper is among these workers.
Yes, David Harbour’s Hawkins police chief isn’t dead! I mean, he’s trapped in Russia somehow and half a world away from his loved ones, but at least he’s alive. And the combination of a surprise Stranger Things 4 promo and the confirmation that Hopper’s still alive has sent the fandom into meltdown. As can only be adequately communicated by an agitated Michael Scott…
*sees #StrangerThings 4 teaser drop*
*sees Hopper is still alive*
— Kimani Wilson-Hunte (@KWilsonHunte) February 14, 2020
Shout it from the rooftops!
HOPPER IS OKAY. HOPPER IS OKAY. HOPPER IS OKAY. HOPPER IS OKAY. HOPPER IS OKAY. HOPPER IS OKAY. HOPPER IS OKAY. HOPPER IS OKAY. HOPPER IS OKAY. HOPPER IS OKAY. HOPPER IS OKAY. HOPPER IS OKAY. HOPPER IS OKAY. HOPPER IS OKAY. HOPPER IS OKAY. #StrangerThings4 #StrangerThings pic.twitter.com/ENfw230Or9
— Cheray (@troianxzendaya) February 14, 2020
If Hopper’s back, then we’re surely guaranteed more of Joyce and Hopper together. After all, the world always needs more of Harbour and Winona Ryder, right?
— Eda (@_UpsideD0WN) February 14, 2020
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Likewise, Hopper and his adoptive daughter Eleven’s relationship is another fan favorite. And folks are expecting the super-powered teen to lose it when she discovers her dad’s been captured by the Russians.
— Adam Driver's Wife (@wokestofscrolls) February 14, 2020
Thank you, Netflix, for giving us the best Valentine’s Day gift we could have asked for.
— ellie (@griiffinskane) February 14, 2020
Amongst the happiness surrounding Hopper still being alive, some are already theorizing about the darker repercussions of his current predicament. What if the Russians have messed with his head and he doesn’t have his memories?
— wynter 🍒 (@honeysummersky) February 14, 2020
Speaking of Hopper basically becoming the Winter Soldier, Harbor genuinely is joining the MCU this year in Black Widow, in which – guess what? – he’ll play the Russian superhero Red Guardian. 2020 is the year that David Harbour pretends to be Russian, it seems.
— Allison the Disney Diva (elizabeth) (@Daviesallison1A) February 14, 2020
Stranger Things 4 doesn’t have a release date as yet, but it’s thought that it could drop on Netflix around late 2020/early 2021. It’s going to be a tough wait, that’s for sure.