Stranger Things has managed to combine nostalgia with epic fantasy and it seems that the creative influence will continue in Season 4.

David Harbour has sat down with Total Film and explained how his character, Hopper, will make a return to the series after last seasons cliffhanger. It seems that the character will return but will be changed, in order to explain Harbour noted similarities to Gandalf and their appearance in The Lord of the Rings.

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Harbour detailed his character and the reason he felt they needed to change:

“I’ve had those discussions with them from the very first season. We were always interested in that idea of the Gandalf resurrection – Gandalf the Grey who fights the Balrog and then becomes Gandalf the White. It’s the idea of the resurrection of the character. And mythologically, Hopper, in a sense, had to change. I mean, you couldn’t go on the way he was going on. He has to resurrect in some way. So it was a great opportunity to do that. So we’ll see a very different guy going forwards. The same guy but in a different vein. It’s a very cool thing to be able to play.”

The actor also noted that they knew they would return for Season 4 but was keen to keep the mystery alive and as a result misdirected fans and the press:

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“I just wanted to preserve the fantasy for everyone. And it’s such a weird position that we’re in now with so much media, that everybody wants to talk to you about it.”

Many will be interested in how the character will change and whether the show can continue its acclaim when it returns. Nonetheless, fans are keen to see the new season.

However Hopper returns, it seems that fans will be keen to see the character and his experience.

Stranger Things Season 4 arrives September 28.