A Stranger Things season 4 set photo hints Jim Hopper is going to return.
Shared by ChihuahuawithBoombox on the Stranger Things subreddit is a photo of what appears to be the season 4 set in Rome, GA. The picture clearly features a vehicle resembling Hopper’s trademark Chevy Blazer, leading fans to believe Hopper is back and has resumed his duties as Hawkins’ police chief.
David Harbour’s Chief Hopper appeared to have died in the Stranger Things season three finale. There was a scene at the end of Stranger Things season three in a Russian base where a soldier referred to one prisoner as “the American,” leading most fans to presume that David Harbour’s Chief Hopper had survived the event underneath the Starcourt Mall.
It will be interesting to see what becomes of Hopper as Stranger Things progresses toward its fourth season. David Harbour does have an option for season 4 on his contract, but that doesn’t mean it will definitely be picked up. It’ll all depend on what the Duffer brothers have in mind and how the story evolves. It’s hard to imagine Stranger Things without one of its most popular and iconic characters, but maybe that’s the point. His death was a highly emotional and devastating twist in the show, and it would be a shame if it was undone to give viewers more of Hopper. If he is to return, the Duffers will have to make sure it’s organic and doesn’t cheapen what took place at the end of season 3. That’s a tall order, but one that’s doable if executed properly.