Stranger Things star David Harbour addresses Jim Hopper theory in credits scene

Warning: Contains spoilers for Stranger Things.

David Harbour has addressed the theory surrounding his character Jim Hopper after Stranger Things season three, and his future on the show seems even more uncertain.

In the latest season, Hopper was seemingly killed after sacrificing himself so Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) could close the gate between the Upside Down and the real world.

While there was a massive explosion during the altercation, Hopper’s body was never actually seen in the aftermath.

After the finale, a post-credits sequence set in Kamchatka, Russia, sees two Russian soldiers feed an imprisoned man to a Demogorgon. At the start of the sequence, one of the soldiers goes to open a prison cell before being warned off, with the other exclaiming: ‘No, not the American.’

Many believe this mysterious American could be Jim Hopper, who perhaps somehow made it out alive from the explosion and was captured by the Russians.

But what does David Harbour think of this version of events? Well, he’s not exactly giving the game away.

Asked if Hopper is still alive by Entertainment Tonight, David said: ‘I mean, I have no idea!

‘I have no idea. I mean that, of course, is my hope too. It seems pretty crazy though. You know, that machine went off and blew up and Hopper seemed to be trapped there. He did glance around a little bit, but he seemed to be trapped and the machine exploded.’

He added: ‘And then you cut to, what was it? It starts with a “K” or something – some town in Russia, right? Where there’s some American and there’s some other prisoner. I don’t know, I mean it seems strange.

‘I don’t know how [he’s alive] though. I mean, we should always hold onto hope. We should never let go of hope – but Barb is really dead.’

Show creators The Duffer Brothers have also addressed the post-credits scene, saying how they aimed to drive speculation for a fourth season.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Ross Duffer said: ‘Assuming there’s a season four, obviously the question of who that American is in that cell and then also what they’re doing with the Demogorgon, that is a tease. We try to tee up some season four.’

Matt Duffer said: ‘You definitely should not assume anything. The line that Russian guard said is purposely intended to spark debate. We need people to ask the very questions that you’re asking.’

The show has gone onto break records for Netflix, who revealed nearly 20 million ‘household accounts’ watched the latest season within the first four days.

You can catch Stranger Things season three streaming on Netflix.

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