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‘Stranger Things 3’ Post-Credit Scene Gets Explained By David Harbour
By Mikelle Leow, 09 Jul 2019
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Stranger Things 3 seems to be bigger and better, thanks in large part to the greater budget handed to producers this time around. While its aesthetics and overall mood have intensified, everyone’s talking about the season’s post-credit scene.
David Harbour, who plays ‘Jim Hopper’, might have an answer to the clip that serves as a prelude for season four.
For obvious reasons, major, major spoilers are ahead, so stop here if you haven’t caught up with the show.
At the end of Stranger Things 3, viewers are shown a prison in Kamchatka, Russia. The ‘Demogorgon’ is still active, and revels as a punishment for prisoners, who get eaten alive. Soldiers approach the monster’s next victim; they stop by the door of a cell, but one of them declares, “Not the American,” so they move on to another door.
Who might “the American” be? Fans are placing their bets on ‘Chief Hopper’, as the sheriff was referred to as “the American” by a Russian soldier throughout the season.
Further, his body was nowhere to be found after the explosion. The end-credit scene offers a sliver of hope that he’s still alive.
In an interview with SlashFilm, Harbour hinted that ‘Hopper’ might have survived. When asked about the future of the police chief, the actor explained that there was still more to explore with the “large and interesting” character.
“I also think that ‘Hopper’ has karmic debts to pay for how dead he’s been for a long time,” he added. Viewers have yet to find out if he is “a man of justice… [or] a father,” which are sometimes mutually exclusive, Harbour said.
“So I’m interested in that—in him as a human being. If he’s faced with that choice, what he would choose.”
There’s your answer, though it’s still open for interpretation. Harbour’s explanation makes it more likely that ‘Jim Hopper’ is still alive. Further, the character did not exactly leave season three as a very affable character, so there’s certainly more to dive into. As for ‘Joyce Byers’ (Winona Ryder), losing two love interests in two consecutive seasons would have been a very tragic fate indeed.
[via VICE, cover image via Stranger Things]
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