David Harbour: Hopper’s ‘Stranger Things 4’ Resurrection Is Like Gandalf in ‘Lord of the Rings’

When “Stranger Things” finally returns to Netflix with its highly anticipated fourth season, the show will have to answer its biggest question yet: How did Hopper survive the “Stranger Things 3” finale? The last fans saw of David Harbour’s fan favorite character, he was sacrificing himself to close the gate between the Upside Down and Hawkins.

Then came the “Stranger Things 4” teaser trailer, which revealed Hopper had somehow survived and was now a prisoner in Russia.

How is that possible? Whatever the answer may be, Harbour tells Total Film magazine his resurrection arc will be similar to Gandalf’s in “The Lord of the Rings” franchise.“I’ve had those discussions with [the Duffer brothers] from the very first season,” Harbour said.

“We were always interested in that idea of the Gandalf resurrection – Gandalf the Grey who fights the Balrog and then becomes Gandalf the White.

It’s the idea of the resurrection of the character.

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