Stranger Things fans got a huge surprise on Valentine's Day, thanks to a teaser trailer that lasted less than a minute but revealed a piece that we & # 39 ; which I have all been curious about. Is Hopper still alive?
It appears that everyone's favorite police chief and father in Indiana did not go under the explosion at the end of season three. But it's not all rainbows and sunshine for the native Hawkins.
In the promo for the coming season, fans see Chief Hopper in a labor camp in snowy Russia ̵
What are some of the greatest theories out there? Choose your hunter and place those bets on what comes in season four.
The Rescue Theory
This idea comes with thanks to our own fearless leader and Stranger Things fan, Jason. According to our editor-in-chief, season four is a perfect setup for a lasting tribute to the & # 39; 80 in the form of a lesser-known teen action movie from the era.
In particular, Jason cites the 1988 film The Rescue as potential inspiration for a story in the following season. The film sees four American teenagers traveling to North Korea to infiltrate a military base to save their captive prisoners of war. A group of courageous teenagers rescuing a father in need resembles exactly the kind of things the Stranger Things children can find themselves in, doesn't it?
It is unlikely that Eleven and the rest of the crew will simply forget about the former Hawkins sheriff, and a rescue mission would certainly make for fascinating television. And hey, if four non-super-strong children can sneak into North Korea and come back alive, then at least five non-super-strong children and their super-powerful best can travel to Russia.
The Shaved Head Theory
My personal favorite theory is one that deals with the visual parallels offered in the teaser. ScreenRant writer Jon Barr states that Hopper now has paranormal powers a la Elf.
Although nothing in the short teaser would suggest this, Barr sees Hopper's hair (or lack thereof) as a clue. Just as his adoptive daughter appeared when she first escaped and started using her powers, he too is now bald. Although his lack of locks alone means nothing, he was next to the reactor when it exploded, and for fans of science fiction, comic books or really any kind of fantasy, accident forces are a common trophy within the genre.  The Mind Flayer Theory
On the less cheerful side of things we have the Mind Flayer theory. You probably know from the name that this idea is not the best. It suggests that the Mind Flayer was able to inhabit Hopper, allowing him to transport himself from the explosion of the reactor.
The disadvantage, however, is that Hooper's mind can now be controlled by the creature, meaning that if he and El reunite in season 4, it might not be nice.
The Chernobyl Theory
This theory of Reddit user Gamer_Nation is pretty much what it sounds like. Stranger Things 4 will lead to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Russia. The idea is based on the way the previous seasons have changed between seasons and years. Season one took place in the winter of 1983, season two took place in the fall of 1984 and season three took place in the summer of 1985.
If the pattern continues, spring would be the next season and it will 1986 – at the same time as the Chernobyl disaster. With Hopper already in Russia, this idea seems more plausible than ever.
Whether you are in agreement with one of the above theories or you have one yourself, a popular idea has been confirmed: Hopper is alive. That's good enough for now.