This Stranger Things 4 set photo has fans theorizing about Hopper again

A set photo from Stranger Things 4 was posted on Reddit, and it has fans theorizing about Jim Hopper’s fate all over again.

Spoiler warning: This post contains spoilers for the first three seasons of Stranger Things.

Stranger Things 3 was a wild ride that left fans feeling a lot of different emotions — OK, mainly despair at the supposed fate of Sheriff Jim Hopper, who the series would like us to believe perished when Joyce Byers closed the gate to the Upside Down.

But the mid- and post-credits scenes and lack of a body have fans hopeful that Hopper may return during the show’s fourth season, revealing that he never truly died after all. It’s been suggested that he’s somehow stuck in the Upside Down, trapped in a Russian prison, and even somewhere between dimensions — honestly, the theories are endless. (We really want Hopper back.)

And a set photo from Stranger Things 4 posted on Reddit by ChihuahuawithBoombox has fans insisting that Eleven’s adoptive father will be returning after all, using one key detail to back up that argument.

View the set photo here:

Depicted in the photo is a truck that looks a lot like the one Hopper drives — and fans are hopeful this means he’ll be driving it at some point during season 4, whenever he returns to Hawkins (or at the very least, somewhere nearby). Of course, it’s a big jump to make. It could easily be someone else driving his car or a completely different car altogether. But we need some hope to fuel us until Stranger Things 4 arrives, especially if they’ve just started filming… right?

We’d love to see David Harbour on the series because it just wouldn’t feel the same without him, but the cast of the show has been pretty tight-lipped when it comes to Hopper’s future. We’ll likely need to wait until the fourth season actually drops on Netflix to learn the truth, but hey, at least we’ll get to see Harbour during Marvel’s Black Widow in the interim.

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