Warning: This article contains spoilers for Season 3 of Stranger Things.
There was a lot of heartbreak when Netflix released the third batch of episodes for its epic science fiction horror series, Stranger Things. Not only did the new batch of episodes kill off a fan-favorite side-character, it also took one of the series’ most loved characters, Hawkins Police Chief Hopper (David Harbour).
In the series finale, Hopper is forced to sacrifice his life to close the gate that the Russians made to reach to the Upside Down. Hopper’s death broke so many hearts – the Hawkins Chief of Police played a pivotal role in many of the lives of the characters in the series, especially that of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder).
Of course, fans are still holding on to the hope that Hopper’s alive.
Luckily, it seems like Hopper may have some sort of future in the next season of Stranger Things. TV Line just recently dug up new details about Harbour’s contract for the series, and it seems like the actor still has a way to go.
"[Harbour's] current contract carries him through a potential fourth season (and possibly beyond), but that doesn’t necessarily mean producers will pick up his Season 4 option. FWIW, the latest Vegas odds put the chances of [him] returning at duh," the industry site reported.
Harbour’s return has been the central point of speculation in discussions about Stranger Things the past few weeks. In a cryptic scene at the end of the season, fans hear Russian guards talk about an “American” prisoner in a facility kept in an icy desolate wasteland we assume to be somewhere in Siberia.
Let’s wait and see whether Hopper really comes back alive in season 4.
Stranger Things season 3 is currently streaming on Netflix.