Speculation Over Hopper's Fate Starts Back Up as 'Stranger Things' Season 4 is Reportedly Set to Film on Prison Set

'Stranger Things' star David Harbour, who plays Jim Hopper on the Netflix series
'Stranger Things' star David Harbour, who plays Jim Hopper on the Netflix series / Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Just like Joyce, Will, Jonathan, and Eleven in the Season 3 finale of Stranger Things, the crew behind the Netflix series is leaving Hawkins… and heading all the way to Lithuania. People reports that, according to new information published on Murphy’s Multiverse, the Duffer Brothers and their team will begin filming Season 4 later this month or early next in the Baltic country, specifically on a prison set, as well as on locations used for HBO’s Chernobyl.

The news has once again sparked speculation that Jim Hopper, played by David Harbour, is still alive. As you remember, Hopper seemingly died in the most recent season, sacrificing himself to close the gate to the Upside Down in an explosion. However, due to the fact that we didn’t see his death on screen, coupled with the post-credits scene in which Russian prison guards mention “The American,” fans have held onto hope that Eleven’s “father” will be resurrected somehow.

Though all the signs point to Hop’s return, Harbour is sticking to his story that he has no idea if he is coming back. He does, however, feel satisfied with the arc his character took in the Netflix series, stating that Hopper “needed to make the sacrifice” to “pay for” being a jerk in the past.

Murphy’s Multiverse also reports that once the showrunners wrap in Lithuania, they will be returning to their normal filming location in Atlanta, Georgia. This means that, despite what the teaser trailer suggests, the gang will likely be back in Hawkins at least once more.

I’m sure all big Hopper fans are hoping that the return to the Indiana town isn’t the only big comeback in Season 4 of Stranger Things.