Stranger Things season 4: Viewers complain about ‘ridiculous’ explanation of season 3 cliffhanger

Fans are racing through the fourth season of stranger things — and even one storyline has upset some viewers.

The fourth season of the hit Netflix series arrived on Friday (May 27), with seven new episodes available to watch now.

*Spoilers for Stranger Things season 4 episode two below*

Season three ended with Hopper (David Harbour) left presumed dead after a plan to blow up the Russian laboratory gate to the Upside Down went awry, leaving him with the bomb in the chamber.

While it appeared that Hopper gave his life for the cause, many people suspected he wasn’t actually dead.

This speculation was confirmed not long after in the earliest teasers for the new series, which featured Hopper alive and imprisoned in a Russian camp.

Episode two of season four reveals exactly how Hopper survived — and fans aren’t impressed.

While some people have suggested that Hopper might have jumped through the gate to the Upside Down to survive or found a secret trapdoor, the real explanation is much simpler.


The scene reveals that Hopper merely jumped off the platform the laser machine was on and managed to dodge the blast. He was enveloped in smoke and left unconscious, but eventually regained consciousness and was captured by Russian soldiers.

While it makes sense that Joyce (Winona Ryder) didn’t have time to search for Hopper after the explosion, knowing that he was simply lying unconscious on the floor in front of her has proven to be a frustrating explanation.

Many viewers agreed that it was unsatisfying to discover that there wasn’t a fuller disclosure behind his character’s survival.

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One person wrote on Twitter: “The way Hopper ‘survived’ is SO ridiculous it made me so mad – everyone vaporized but no if I hit the ground I survive don’t I?” “

“Man, of all the ways Hopper could have survived that blast, stranger things definitely went with ‘everyone left and didn’t notice,'” said another.


Others pointed out that the same blast that Hopper survived by simply crouching vaporized the soldiers surrounding him.


“How did Hopper survive that?” someone else asked. “Brother, Hopper [just] jumped. How did he survive that?”

The new season of stranger things has brought a new villain, Vecna. Learn more about the terrifying antagonist and his true identity here.

Fans were also reminded of another Netflix release: last year’s Fear Street trilogy. So the two hits are related.

Odd Al Yankovich has also responded to his name being mentioned in a joke in the new season. Stranger Things season 4: Viewers complain about ‘ridiculous’ explanation of season 3 cliffhanger


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