The teaser trailer for Stranger Things 4 dropped on Friday and we’ll just rip that Band-Aid right off: SHERIFF HOPPER  IS ALIVE!!!

I’ve been stressing a little.

He’s apparently alive and working on a Russian prison work team, or something, but HOPPER LIVES!

Granted, the showrunners spoiled the surprise in the teaser with a press release.

“We’re excited to officially confirm that production on Stranger Things 4 is now underway — and even more excited to announce the return of Hopper,” said showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer in a press release. “Although it’s not all good news for our ‘American’; he is imprisoned far from home in the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, where he will face dangers both human…and other. Meanwhile, back in the states, a new horror is beginning to surface, something long buried, something that connects everything.”

“Season 4 is shaping up to be the biggest and most frightening season yet, and we cannot wait for everyone to see more,” they added. “In the meantime — pray for the American.”

No release date has been announced. Hopefully it’s “soon.”