Fans of Stranger Things have been given an unexpected Valentine’s Day treat as Netflix have revealed one of the main character’s Jim Hopper is still alive – but a long way from Hawkins, Indiana.
In a social media post titled “From Russia with love…”, the streaming giant shared a 50-second video for the fourth series which shows the chief of police – played by actor David Harbour – hammering nails into a rail track with fellow prisoners.
The last time viewers saw Hopper was at the end of Stranger Things series three, when he appeared to sacrifice himself to save his friends in an underground bunker filled with Russian spies.
In the teaser, a fur-clad guard with a large shot gun keeps a close eye on the workers from a watch point above the snowy wasteland.
Fans responded to the news with various memes from the show, and comments including “a new Hawkins hero rises”.
There had been speculation Hopper might not have come to a grisly end thanks to a season three final scene that showed a Russian prison guard being instructed to feed an inmate to the monstrous Demogorgon, but make sure it wasn’t “the American”.
The sci-fi show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, said in statement: “We’re excited to officially confirm that production on Stranger Things 4 is now under way – and even more excited to announce the return of Hopper.
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“Although it’s not all good news for our ‘American’ – he is imprisoned far from home in the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, where he will face dangers both human … and other.
“Meanwhile, back in the States, a new horror is beginning to surface, something long buried, something that connects everything.”
They added: “Season four is shaping up to be the biggest and most frightening season yet and we cannot wait for everyone to see more.
“In the meantime – pray for the American.
“From Russia with love, the Duffer Brothers.”
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The Duffers have signed a multi-year deal with Netflix, but it’s not known if they will be working on Stranger Things or different projects after the end of the next series.
Late last year, they shared a shot of one of season four’s opening episode, Chapter One: The Hellfire Club.
Stranger Things – which draws from an eclectic mix of 1980s nostalgia and film and TV references – follows a group of teenagers as they battle an evil monster in their small hometown.
The Demogorgon – which has a humanesque body but tooth-encrusted plant-like face – comes from an underworld known as the Upside Down.
As well as Harbour, cast members Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink, Noah Schnapp and Gaten Matarazzo will all be returning for season four.