The first teaser for the fourth season of Stranger Things has a big reveal buried inside it. In the clip, Russian guards are seen patrolling around a group of prisoners who have been tasked with building a railroad in the snow. At the end of the clip, viewers get a close-up that confirms that Hopper has returned.
The character, played by David Harbour on the show, had an uncertain future following the events of the season 3 finale. In that episode, it seemed possible that Hopper had died in an explosion, but a post-credits scene seemed to suggest that he may actually be a Russian prisoner, which this latest teaser seemed to confirm. In the post-credits scene, viewers see a facility where some unlucky prisoners wind up being fed to a demogorgon that resembles the one that terrified Hawkins, Indiana, in the show's first season.
The video was tweeted out from the Stranger Things account on Friday with the message "From Russia with love..."
Although fans are still waiting on a release date for the next season of the Netflix show, CNet reported that the show's writer tweeted out an image of the first script for Season 4 in November of 2019. The script was titled "The Hellfire Club," which is a reference to a supervillain group from the X-Men universe.