David Harbour recently teased Stranger Things 4 will reveal a “big, huge” piece of Jim Hopper’s backstory as “pay off” from Season 2 during a recent appearance at Liverpool Comic-Con.
Specifically, he says: “There are these three things that we’ve established in the season that if we don’t pay off, it means that they’re bad writers. And the Duffer brothers are very good writers. So I know specifically that in Season 4 we will give you a big, huge reveal about Hopper’s backstory. “
He continues: “[Fans have] sort of sensed that in certain ways, but we haven’t really told you about [it]. I’m so excited about revealing this aspect of the character. It’s one of the things that I’ve known since the first frame of the first shot, and we haven’t expressed it yet. And finally, we’re gonna express it in a big way. It’s my favorite thing about him that you guys don’t know about him yet, but it has to do with these backstories of New York, Vietnam, and dad. And I’m really excited for you guys to know more about that, and it relates, of course, to things he’s doing with Eleven and Joyce and things like that. It’s a big reveal, and I’m really excited for you to see it. So whenever it comes out in 2050, when the next season comes out, you’ll get to see that.”
Season 2 took place in the fall of 1984, about a year after Will Byers was found, and he has been plagued by seeing visions of the Upside Down featuring a more dangerous monster. That leads the boy to see a suspiciously friendly new doctor, with the possibility that Will’s visions are the result of suffering from PTSD. Nancy deals with survivor’s remorse over the death of best friend Barb. Meanwhile, a new sinister entity threatens the Hawkins residents who survived the year-earlier events. New to the town is tomboy Max, who befriends the boys.
Season 3 picked back up in the summer of 1985 with the Hawkins crew on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic, and they’ll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart. Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town’s threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they’ll have to band together to survive and remember that friendship is stronger than fear.
The third season saw the return of Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Dacre Montgomery, Charlie Heaton, Natalia Dyer, Joe Keery, Priah Ferguson, Winona Ryder, and David Harbour. They were joined by Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman’s daughter, Maya Hawke, along with Francesca Reale (Haters Back Off), Jake Busey (Identity), and Cary Elwes (Saw, The Princess Bride).
The first three seasons of Stranger Things are now streaming over on Netflix right HERE.