Stranger Things season 4: Does Google search prove Jim Hopper is still alive?

Please tell us Hopper is alive (Picture: Netflix)

The third series of Stranger Things ended on a rather sad note after one of the main characters was bumped off – or was he?

In the final episode, Jim Hopper (David Harbour) was seemingly killed after sacrificing himself so Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) could close the gate between the Upside Down and the real world.

But is Hopper actually dead? One eagle-eyed Reddit-user is certain he is still alive and says that Google search proves it.

The fan Googled: ‘What kind of police officer was Hopper?’

Google then changed the search to ‘What kind of police officer IS Hopper?’ therefore suggesting that Jim is still kicking about somewhere – mind blown.

Other Stranger Things fans also rushed to comment on the subject, one exclaimed:  ‘This changes everything.’

Do the Stranger Things credits quite literally reveal Hopper is alive? (Picture: Netflix)

Another added: ‘I think they are making reference to was vs is, speculating Hopper is still alive.’

And if you’re still not convinced, here’s some more evidence….

The post-credits

After the finale, a post-credits sequence set in Kamchatka, Russia, sees two soldiers feed an imprisoned man to a Demogorgon. At the start, one of the men goes to open a prison cell before he’s warned off, with the other exclaiming: ‘No, not the American.’

Many believe the captive could be Hopper, who somehow made it out alive from the explosion and is being held hostage.

The most common theory is Hopper managed to jump into the Upside Down just before the explosion and was subsequently found by the Russians as they conduct their own experiments.

But could this ‘American’ be someone else entirely? Billy? Barb?

The Duffer Brothers told us ‘not to assume anything’

Do you trust these men? (Picture: Vera Anderson/WireImage)

Addressing speculation around Hopper’s fate, creators Matt and Ross Duffer have stated how they hoped the moment would lead viewers to question his death.

‘You definitely shout not assume anything,’ Matt said. ‘The line that Russian guard said is purposely intended to spark debate. We need people to ask the very questions that you’re asking.

‘Assuming there’s a season 4 obviously the question of who that American is in that cell and then also what they’re doing with the Demogorgon, that is a tease.’

That strange mysterious phone number

Murray Bauman left a weird answer phone message (Picture: Netflix)

Fans discovered you can dial a number read aloud in the show’s third season which leads to a secret message from private investigator Murray Bauman (Brett Gelman).

If you call the number 618-625-8313, you’ll be greeted by Murray’s answerphone, where he urges Joyce to call him as soon as possible.

In the answerphone message, Murray says: ‘If this is Joyce: Joyce, thank you for calling, I have been trying to reach you.

‘I have an update. It’s about… well, it’s probably best if we speak in person. It’s not good or bad, but it’s something.’

Could this be a hint Murray has found clues to Hopper’s existence?

Stranger Things is available to stream on Netflix.

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