‘Stranger Things’ star David Harbour says Hopper “needed to die”
One of the stars of Stranger Things David Harbour has revealed his love-hate relationship with his heroic character ‘Hopper’. The small-town police chief who took on the Upside Down with the gang.
The end of season three saw Hopper’s story finish with ambiguity as he seemingly sacrificed himself to save Eleven. While fans have continued to question whether it truly is the end for Hopper, Harbour has spoken out about the character, calling him a “rough guy” and saying the character “needed to die”.
As reported by ComicBook, Harbour was speaking at Dortmund’s Comic-Con when he gave his ideal for Hopper’s narrative: “I think Hopper — from the very beginning I’ve said this — he’s very lovable in a certain way, but also, he’s kind of a rough guy.
“Certainly in the beginning of season 1 he’s kind of dark, and he’s drinking, and he’s trying to kill himself, and he hates himself for what happened to his daughter. I feel like, in a sense, that character needed to die.”
The actor continued: “He needed to make some sacrifice to make up for the way he’s been living for the past like 10 years, the resentments that he’s had. So he needed to die.”
Although it’s not all bad, as while Harbour revealed he and the cast “don’t know” if Hopper will return for season four, concluding: “I think you’ll find out at some point, we’ll find out at some point. Let’s hope he’s alive.”