Fans may not know exactly when Season 4 of Stranger Things will debut on Netflix–sometime next year is the best guess–but David Harbour promises a wild ride ahead.
The nine-episode Stranger Things 4 will kick off with Chapter One: The Hellfire Club, and Harbour–who plays Hawkins police chief Jim Hopper–will be a big part of it, as reported by comicbook.com.
Now, fans will recall that Season 3 ended with Hopper’s apparent death. But subsequent Season 4 teasers showed the character is still very much alive–albeit imprisoned in a Russian labor camp where some unfortunates meet a grisly fate as meals for a Demogorgon.
So, how does Harbour view the upcoming season–perils and all? “It’s bigger, that’s the first thing,” he said. “Locale-wise, we’re bigger. We’re introducing new stuff, but we’re also tightening and wrapping up in a certain direction to make it have a definite ending at some point. Which I can’t really talk about.”
Hopper, as the actor explained, gets to have “a rebirth from what he had become, and we’d always sort of planned this almost resurrection.” Harbour compared this process to what Gandalf experienced in The Lord of the Rings. “We get to explore a lot of threads in his life that have merely been hinted at,” he said.
Harbour added that Season 4 “is really my favorite season. I just love it,” he said. “The scripts always get better. I feel it’s a big, beautiful season. I can’t wait for people to see it.”
The show–led by creators and showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer and executive producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen–stars Harbour, Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson and Matthew Modine. Newcomers include Amybeth McNulty, Myles Truitt, Regina Ting Chen, Grace Van Dien and horror legend Robert Englund.
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