Created by the Duffer brothers, Netflix’s Stranger Things has been a career-defining moment for a lot of the actors, including David Harbour, whose role as the Hawkins police chief Jim Hopper has gained him a massive fan following. Ahead of the 2022 release of the fourth season, Harbour has added to the fan anticipation by comparing the season to the series Lost and talking about action sequences that have never been attempted previously.
Stranger Things has had an undeniable cultural impact, resuscitating the 1980s tropes, introducing kids on bicycles fighting monsters with a modern cinematic twist that has added to its staggering revenues.
After a successful three-season run, fans have been eagerly awaiting the fourth season which is long overdue. Ahead of its release, the cast and crew have repeatedly dropped teasers, with Finn Wolfhard calling it the “darkest season ever” and the producer Shawn Levy promising fans that the season would be “super worth the wait”.
Gruff yet vulnerable, David Harbour’s Jim Hopper is the best character in the series. Haunted by various traumatizing incidents, Hopper’s character arc is brilliant and his flaws make him appear human. Harbour’s raw and poignant portrayal of the character won him two consecutive Emmy nominations.
As predicted by the teaser ‘From Russia, With Love’, his character will now be seen in Russia- after his alleged demise- a long way from his home in Hawkins. Harbour had a lot to say about his character and the season. Hopper spoke about the inspiration from Alien 3 that contributed to the “Hopper-trying-to-get-to-his-family” storyline.
Talking about the storylines in the upcoming season, he gushed over his character progression, saying, “I think I have the best storyline”. He also promised a lot of insight into Eleven’s past in the institution and various other Easter eggs.
Comparing the season to J.J. Abrams’ 2004 TV show Lost, which deals with a group of plane crash survivors struggling for survival, Harbour said, “What we’re trying to do, as we elaborate this thing, [is] to draw it back and make sure that we don’t have an end game like, some of us thought about, that show LOST. ‘What happened to the polar bear?!’”
He explained, “We’re trying to draw in, so the [elements of the story line] starts to come to a head and becomes a complete piece. Season 4 lays a lot of pipe for that.”
“We start to really uncover these truths that we’ve only hinted at before. I promise that there’s tremendous action to it – action on a level that we’ve never done before,” concluded Harbour.
Here is everything we know about season four of Stranger Things. Check out the teaser that hints at Hopper’s fate below: