Everyone’s favorite 80’s-nostalgia and horror mashup Stranger Things is finally coming back for Season 4 and the latest images make it seem like the residents of Hawkins will be put through the wringer. Netflix (via Games Radar) released new images from the upcoming season. Especially David Harbour’s Jim Hopper, who ended up in a Russian prison after the events of last season. His new shaved head look certainly makes it seem like he’s not having the best time. You can see that image and others below.
Season 4 of Stranger Things is set to be the biggest season yet, with the episodes being split up into two volumes, which will be released in May and July respectively. In addition to David Harbour, much of the cast is returning including Winona Ryder, Millie Bobbie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalie Dyer, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and many more. The season is set to pick up six months after the Battle of Starcourt and will see many of the main players separated for the first time. It will also deal with the characters navigating high school. The season is set to be centered around a mystery that could lead to the end of the Upside Down.
While there’s no clue as to what that mystery will entail, part of the season will almost certainly involve some of the characters going to Russia to rescue David Harbour’s Chief Hopper. When the finale of the last season first aired, it seemed that we might have seen the end of Hopper, with him being seemingly vaporized as the gate to the Upside Down was shut down. Eventually, we got confirmation that David Harbour would be making his return, meaning Hopper somehow survived that final confrontation, leading to his imprisonment. We also learned at the end of last season that the same prison is currently housing the Demogorgon. That likely won’t be ending well, but presumably, we’ll get some insight as to how Hopper survived. Maybe he ended up in the Upside Down and somehow found his way back.
It’s interesting that the synopsis of this season mentions that solving the season’s big mystery could put an end to the Upside Down. The show has already been announced for a fifth and final season, so maybe that discovery will carry over into the next season. There’s also always the potential for spin-offs, so we’ll just have to wait and see where the Duffer brothers take the story this year. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to see what happens to David Harbour and co. The first volume of the fourth season is set to hit Netflix on May 27 and the second round of episodes will go on the streaming service on July 1.
In the meantime, if you’re looking to check out some projects from a sans-shaved head David Harbour, he had plenty of shows and movies come out last year. You can hear him voice a character in one of the episodes of the Star Wars anthology series Star Wars: Visions and hear him on the podcast series Aftershock. He was also featured on the TV series Q-Force and made his big-time Marvel debut as Alexei aka Red Guardian in Black Widow.