This article contains spoilers for Stranger Things season three, so head on back to the Upside Down until you’ve finished the new season, then come on back for the theories.
At this point in time, pretty much every person with access to a Netflix account is enveloped in an emotionally destructive relationship with the new season of Stranger Things.
Fans waited two years for the third installment of the hit Netflix series that takes us within the goings-on of the small American town of Hawkins in the year of 1984. A small town that has the bad luck to be placed next to top-secret government experiments where terrifying supernatural forces can be unleashed via portals to the alternate reality known as the Upside Down.
Although there was a lot to love about season three, including the introduction of new fan-favourite Robin (Maya Hawke) and the ongoing and pure friendship between Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Steve (Joe Keery) the final episode left any viewer in possession of a heart in a river of tears.
Watch Stranger Things star Dacre Montgomery tell Mamamia Entertainment Editor Laura Brodnik all the gruesome details about season three.
In the final episode, entitled The Battle of Starcourt, the gruff but endlessly loyal and loving Sheriff Jim Hopper (David Harbour) sacrificed himself in order to destroy the Mind Flayer, effectively being electrocuted and dying while trapped in the gate machine room beneath the mall.
But here’s the thing. I, along with a legion of other Stranger Things fans, are not at all convinced that Hopper is actually dead and we’ve got some convincing evidence to back up our case.
First of all, when I interviewed Stranger Things actor Dacre Montgomery, who plays Billy Hargrove, before season three premiered, he kept mentioning Billy’s climactic scene in the context of being the show’s big season three death. There was no mention or hint of him sharing the death limelight with another character.