The first teaser trailer for Stranger Things season 4 just dropped, and it definitely follows through on the tension from the season 3 finale.
Spoilers ahead for all those who have yet to finish Stranger Things season 3!
Season 3 concluded with the Byers clan and Eleven packing up and leaving Hawkins, Indiana in the dust, with an after-credits scene depicting Soviet guards discussing an enigmatic American. With the seeming death of beloved bad boy Billy Hargrove and our heroic rogue cop Jim Hopper, fans went wild with speculation about who the mystery prisoner could be.
With this teaser, it seems we've got some answers as to where we'll go—and who we'll see—in the upcoming season:
Stranger Things' creators promised that the show would expand beyond the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in subsequent seasons, and as the teaser trailer for season 4 pans over the frozen tundra of Soviet Russia, it seems that the Duffers have held true to their claim. But as we're treated to the view of stony-faced guards and exhausted laborers toiling away on a railroad, the camera pauses over one worker as he removes his cap: Jim Hopper. Alive, presumably well, and startlingly de-mustached and bald-headed, Hopper seems to have escaped the grim fate laid out for him at the end of season 3. Perhaps he'll return to the fight against the malevolent forces connected to the Upside Down—though in this particular clip, he doesn't seem particularly free to do much of anything. Still, his determined gaze implies (we hope) that brighter days will follow.
What else do we know? Alas, no more details are forthcoming at the moment, and as of yet there's no word on when Stranger Things season 4 will drop. Collider notes that Tom Wlaschiha, who played Jaqen H'ghar in Game of Thrones, pops up as one of the Soviet guards and will likely be a part of the season's ensemble. But with the promised return of a fan favorite like Hopper, Stranger Things fans will surely be awaiting new intel about the upcoming season.
Feature photo of "Stranger Things" via Netflix