Stranger Things Star David Harbour Says Season 4 Will Not Feature 'Fat Dad Hopper'

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There is little doubt that Jim Hopper will be back in Stranger Things Season 4 despite his "death" in the previous season. However, fans shouldn't expect to see the Hopper that we know and love in the fourth season. David Harbour says his character has changed since his disappearance in the previous season finale and it's time to say goodbye to "fat dad Hopper."

David Harbour recently spoke to Variety about his return in Stranger Things Season 4. Interestingly, the Black Widow star pointed out that Hopper has transformed drastically since we last saw him and it was a change that he truly welcomed.

"To have him be so far away with a bunch of Lithuanians who didn’t speak English was kind of fun! It was like doing a big old prison escape movie on my own," Harbour said. "I like mixing it up. There was a whole physical transformation that happens and a mental one. He’s a totally different guy. He really is stripped bare and to the core of who he is. I really like that."

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"Playing the same note over and over again is really hard," he continued. Harbour then praised Ross and Matt Duffer for giving him a chance to portray the character differently.

"The Duffers were really responsive to the fact that we wanted to do other things. We had talked as we were shooting Season 3, I was like, 'We’ve got fat dad Hopper pretty much in the can. We may as well try something new!'" he said.

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We already got a glimpse at how different Hopper will be in the first teaser for Stranger Things Season 4, and then again in the official trailer. Needless to say, we can't wait to see the new Hopper next week.

Stranger Things Season 4 will premiere on May 27, 2022.

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