STRANGER Things has been bending the laws of reality since it hit Netflix, but season 4 may well be its most mind-boggling yet.
At the end of season 3, Jim Hopper was locked into the nefarious Upside Down as he sacrificed himself for the good of Hawkins.
With the rift now closed, it remains unclear whether he’ll survive alone in the alternate realm.
However, eagle-eyed fans have come up with their own theories about the local sheriff’s fate.
What’s more, some have interpreted the series’ crossover with Back to the Future as a major hint that time travel will be involved.
One keen viewer took to Reddit to outline their thoughts that Jim will be snatched by the Russians, who will delve into the past to prevent their Star Court plan being thwarted.
“So the back to the future vibes where very strong but why pay so many royalties for a few jokes? Why not for the storyline,” user Tatapeep wrote.
“I think that the Russians will build a time machine to go back in time to before the Star Court mall generator explodes and they kidnap Hopper after finding him in the Upside Down,” continued.
“They bring a demo dog with them and keep the time machine near the prison in case of emergency.”
They went on to outline how Hopper would outmanoeuvre the agents and end up undoing their crimes.
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“They bring Hop to Russia and before they execute him, Hop knocks the guards out and runs to the machine and goes back in time to before the mall opens and destroys it, rescues Alexi, and keeps El from losing her powers.”
They concluded by predicting a ‘happily ever after for Hopper and Eleven,’ in which the pair live in peace without the threat of supernatural forces tracking them down.
No doubt most viewers would love the pair to enjoy some peace after the ordeals they’ve been put through.
The speculation comes after fans drew parallels between Will and Billy, claiming they were linked by childhood trauma.
Elsewhere, they outlined how a Russian version of Eleven would lend Hopper their powers to escape the Upside Down.