Stranger Things star David Harbour has offered his own take on whether his character, Jim Hopper, will still be alive in future seasons of the show.
The hit Netflix sci-fi series closed its third season back in July with Hopper seemingly killed off during a climatic scene at the Starcourt Mall.
However, there remains speculation that Harbour’s character may return in some form in season four — which is due sometime this year — despite the actor suggesting last month that the nature of Hopper’s character arc meant that “in a sense, that character needed to die”.
Speaking in a new interview with The LA Times, Harbour clarified that he doesn’t want Hopper to be killed off Stranger Things — offering his own interpretation on how things could pan out for the character if he survives or indeed appears in season four.
“One way it could be viewed is [Hopper] has to die to make it up to [his daughter] Sara and see her in the afterlife,” Harbour reasoned.
“The other view is that because of this newfound relationship with Eleven [Millie Bobby Brown], he needs to shed his skin, make a sacrifice that allows his character to re-emerge. He was finally able to really take a bullet for a child, which he had never been able to do because Sara died of cancer. I think there’s a perfection to it.”
Harbour added: “Now whether or not there’s some sort of second-act resurrection would be very interesting to me, clearly, for obvious reasons.
“The fact that I desperately love the show and desperately love the character… but that remains to be seen. He would certainly have to emerge a different individual.”
Elsewhere, Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown shared a childhood clip of her singing Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ as part of an Instagram post appraising the last decade.