While fans have a long wait ahead, actor David Harbour knows how Stranger Things ends and teases an emotional and beautiful end to Hopper’s story.
As fans wait for Stranger Things season 4, actor David Harbour reveals that he knows how the show will end, at least for his character. At the beginning of Stranger Things, the Duffer brothers announced that they had planned for the show to run for around four or five seasons. Still, there had been no official word on this until earlier this year when Netflix confirmed Stranger Things season 5 would be its very last on the streaming service.
The series centers on Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown), a young girl who was the subject of unethical human experimentation that gave her supernatural abilities. After escaping, she and her newfound friends investigate the paranormal secrets that wreak irreparable havoc on the small town of Hawkins, Indiana. In Stranger Things season 3, Eleven’s unlikely guardian Hopper (Harbour) seemingly died in a self-sacrificial move to protect the people he cares about. But that is not where his story ends. Stranger Things scattered clues hinting that Hopper may not be gone and later confirmed that he was still alive with a snowy shot of Russia, where he is currently imprisoned.
As Stranger Things’ season 4 release date creeps closer, Harbour tells Variety that he knows what’s in store for Hopper beyond the upcoming season. While he has no plans to spoil it, the actor found out in the early days of Stranger Things where Hopper’s story would eventually end up, helping him to better perform. Harbour doesn’t go into specifics but teases an emotional conclusion for Hopper. While this doesn’t entirely rule out a sorrowful story, after his death scare and current imprisonment, a beautiful ending is well deserved for Hopper. Read his full quote below:
I think it varies from person to person, from character to character, and I’m such a harassment specialist that I think I’ve gotten it out of them. It’s been back and forth about like, ‘What happens to Hopper? Is he a character that’s able to survive Hawkins or does he die?’ … I know what happens and it’s quite moving, and quite beautiful.
Although Stranger Things’ penultimate season is just around the corner, there’s still a lot in store for the people of Hawkins. The most recent footage reveals much to be excited about and hints at a more horror-filled season. With such an intense story ahead, it’s no surprise that Stranger Things season 4 is the longest season yet, coming in at a reported run time of 13 hours. Netflix recently revealed three of the show’s longest episodes: Episode 407 sits at one hour and 38 minutes, episode 408 comes in at one hour and 25 minutes, and the season finale (episode 409) runs for a movie-length two-and-a-half hours.
Harbour may have a definitive answer about how Hopper’s story will end, but his castmates are seemingly left to wait. Brown and Noah Schnapp (Will) recently shared that they hope for an even darker season 5, calling for some shocking deaths of the show’s main characters. Presumably, they’ll be let in on all the secrets soon enough. Hopper’s story still has a ways to go, so Harbour’s tease about a poignant end will have to wait until Stranger Things season 5 gets even closer.
Stranger Things season 4 premieres Friday, May 27 on Netflix.
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