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Stranger Things will turn back the clock in Season 4 to tell Hopper’s origin story and, in doing so, solve one of the series’ most enduring mysteries. Now [in Season 4] he is painted in a bit of a darker palette; he’s able to express some of these really deep things that we’ve… hinted at with the boxes in Season 2. RELATED STORIES
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Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy & Co. Speaking to our sister pub Deadline about his presumed dead alter ego’s “resurrection,” the actor confirmed that viewers will “get to see some of Hopper’s deep backstory” in Season 4, while also getting an answer to a question raised back in Season 2: What’s inside those boxes Eleven discovered in Hopper’s attic labeled “Dad,” “Vietnam,” and “New York”? Last season was… a bit wackier, and I loved playing that. “I’m really excited to let people see these really deep colors in him,” Harbour shared. “Each season we see a different side of him.
“It’s very epic,” Harbour added of Season 4. “He is imprisoned far from home in the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, where he will face dangers both human… and other. “There are monsters and horror and scares. We’re all playing it by ear. Season 4 is shaping up to be the biggest and most frightening season yet, and we cannot wait for everyone to see more.” We want to get up and running as soon as possible.”
It was back in February that Netflix confirmed that Hopper’s death in the Season 3 finale was (as everyone assumed) a red herring. As far as a timetable for restarting production, “We don’t really know what the future holds,” he conceded. There’s also some great Indiana Jones-type action.”
Harbour said shooting on Season 4 had been underway for “a couple of weeks” when the COVID-19 pandemic “swept in and we got shut down” back in March. Season 4 will find him very much alive, albeit imprisoned in Russia (as seen in a teaser video). “Meanwhile, back in the states,” the series creators added, “a new horror is beginning to surface, something long buried, something that connects everything. “I don’t feel like anybody knows. “It’s not all good news for our ‘American’” aka Hopper, the Duffer Brothers said in a statement at the time.