This past season of the Netflix hit series Stranger Things saw the seeming death of Hopper, one of the fan favorite characters of the series. Though while he may have “seemingly” died, we all kinda know that there’s no way he’s actually dead, right? Like, for real, no way we don’t see this guy in Russia in the next season, especially since the next season will see pretty much everyone out of Hawkins in Season 4.
But what does actor David Harbour think about this whole thing? Does he think the character living is in the story’s best interest? Well, Harbour points to a scene early on in the show.
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“When I read that first scene with Joyce [Winona Ryder] and Hopper and he resists helping her find her child and even makes a bit of a homophobic joke about him, you see this guy has really sort of died on the inside as a result of the death of his daughter. The fact that he lives with a certain amount of internalized rage and had been slowly killing himself with pills and alcohol … he needed to make a sacrifice.”
“One way it could be viewed is he has to die to make it up to [his daughter] Sara and see her in the afterlife. 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.
“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.”
To be clear, this isn’t a situation like with Harrison Ford and Star Wars, where Harbour wants to move on to other things. Given his role in films like Black Widow, it’s clear that Harbour still has plenty of steam left in the near future. This all sounds like it’s coming purely from a storytelling perspective.
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SOURCE: LA Times