Stranger Things left every viewer emotional in the final episode of season three. After fighting against the Russians and the malevolent forces of the Upside Down for ten episodes, Jim Hopper (played by David Harbour) was killed off by shutting down a generator which opened a portal to the Upside Down.
The generator then exploded, bringing down the facility, and Hopper with it.
Fans were devastated, and instantly began suggesting he had not really been killed off, but transported to the other world.
Then, came the show’s post-credit scene, which featured members of the Russian military talking about a prisoner – The American – who fans soon began suggesting was really Hopper.
However, other fans have begun theorising over how Hopper will return – and it isn’t how one would think.
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Viewers think he did survive, but not through jumping through a portal to the Upside Down.
And Reddit user Ritzbitz14 recently voiced this theory, saying: “I think that Hopper was somehow able to get away from the machine and hide from the explosion, before being apprehended by Russians escaping the base.”
The user explained the remaining members of the facility escaped from the base with the help of a back door.
They went on: “The Russians were evacuating the base through some secret exit, a backdoor, if you will, and ran into Hopper on the way.
“This is supported by the fact that when the American Military came storming through the base just minutes after the explosion they were not shown capturing any Russians even though they were running through the heart of the base.
“We also don’t see any captured Russians up in the parking lot where we see lots of military guys and Will and his mother getting reunited.”
This theory does take some suspension of disbelief, but the user added: “It’s obviously possible that the Russians were captured, but why not show that?
“The fact that we don’t see any captured Russians seems like a pretty significant detail.”
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This is how the fan believes Hopper went on to get captured by the Russians, and sent to Russia as a prisoner.
They conclude: “After escaping through this backdoor, the Russians and their prisoner managed to get back to Russia and locked Hopper up.”
Could his death have truly been a huge misdirect to see him captured during his escape?
Meanwhile, Hopper star David has recently been speaking out about his character’s death, and has even alluded to him being dead permanently.
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Speaking at Comic Con in Dortmund, he explained: “I think Hopper — from the very beginning I’ve said this — he’s very lovable in a certain way, but also, he’s kind of a rough guy.
“Certainly in the beginning of season one he’s kind of dark, and he’s drinking, and he’s trying to kill himself, and he hates himself for what happened to his daughter.”
Dramatically, he added: “I feel like, in a sense, that character needed to die.”
Stranger Things is streaming now on Netflix.
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