This story includes spoilers for 'Stranger Things' Season 3.
Now that most of us have finished up the third season of Stranger Things and are trying to come to terms with the fact that a few characters won’t be returning, many fans are also starting to cook up different theories as to how maybe one certain person will come back after all. Let’s face it: No one wants to believe Jim Hopper is dead.
Following the season’s heartbreaking conclusion, the post-credits scene rolled and convinced fans that Hopper might’ve survived the final battle at the Starcourt Mall, with one mention of “the American.” And while David Harbour, the actor behind the character, has remained tight-lipped on whether he’s alive or not, Millie Bobby Brown might’ve just confirmed his fate.
As reported by Digital Spy, the 15-year-old actress spoke with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the emotional scene where Eleven reads the scrapped letter from Hopper. But while recalling what it was like filming the part, Brown hinted that her onscreen “dad” isn’t really dead. She said:
“They had prerecorded David [Harbour] and they played it out loud. I didn’t want to read that speech. I didn’t want to hear about it. I didn’t want to rehearse it. I just immediately wanted to put a camera on me and find the way I react and the way I reacted was pure devastation and sadness, and a distraught child that just lost her father or so she thinks.”
...Or so she thinks?
Although a fourth season of Stranger Things hasn’t even been announced yet, fans are already sure that Hopper will be included. Brown also weighed in on the potential for another season, claiming she doesn’t know enough to speak on.
“I know things here and there, but nothing deep or something I could tell you about,” the actress stated. “If there was a season four, we would be really excited, but right now, we have to see how season three goes and how the fans react to it.”
In the meantime, we’ll keep busy rewatching Season 3 and analyzing any clues that might mean Hopper is alive.
This article also appears on Mental Floss.