‘Stranger Things’: Hopper Returns in Surprise Teaser for Season 4 (VIDEO)

In a surprise teaser for “Stranger Things” season 4, Jim Hopper is alive and well but stuck in a Russian work camp following the events in season 3…

Jim Hopper is alive and he’s in Russia!

On Friday, a surprise teaser trailer for “Stranger Things” season 4 dropped with production underway on the popular Netflix series that confirmed David Harbour will be returning as everybody’s favorite chief of police.

While it’s been rumored for quite some time that Chief Hopper would be returning, nothing had been confirmed until now. At the end of “Stranger Things” season 3, Hopper helped to stop the Russians from breaking through a portal to the Upside Down but in the process it appeared that he had been obliterated by the machine they were using. In a final moment before the season was finished, “Stranger Things” traveled to Russia where a prisoner was locked away under the nickname “The American,” which turns out to be Hopper. That scene also showed the Russians raising and training a Demogorgon, which can’t be good.

Now the first look at season 4 has been revealed including a cameo from Tom Wlaschiha — best known for playing the Faceless Man Jaqen H’ghar in “Game of Thrones” — as one of the Russian guards at the prison camp.

As the camera pans down to the prisoners hammering away at a railroad track, Jim Hopper makes his return but the Russians’ plan for him are obviously not yet revealed — and how exactly is he going to get back to Hawkins? Only time will tell.

“We’re excited to officially confirm that production on Stranger Things 4 is now underway — and even more excited to announce the return of Hopper!” series creators Matt and Ross Duffer said in a statement. “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… Season 4 is shaping up to be the biggest and most frightening season yet, and we cannot wait.”

Not much has been revealed about the upcoming season other than the Duffer brothers previously revealing that “Stranger Things” would be moving beyond the confines of Hawkins, Indiana. The end of season 3 saw the Byers’ leave town to start fresh in a new place — and with Hopper missing in action, Joyce decided to take care of Eleven as well.

Obviously we now know that “Stranger Things” will be traveling to Russia but it seems there will be plenty of new locations seen during season 4.

There’s no word yet when “Stranger Things” season 4 will debut but it seems likely if production is getting underway now, there’s a good chance the show won’t return on Netflix until sometime in 2021. Nothing has been confirmed yet, however, but at least production has started on the upcoming episodes.

Take a look at the new teaser trailer for “Stranger Things” season 4 and stay tuned for more information on the show as it becomes available!

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