The Hidden Stranger Things Detail Of Hopper Wearing A Hair Bobble Will Melt Your Heart

We waited over a year for it, we binged it in a matter of hours, and, sadly, Stranger Things is over once again. But even if you're on your second, or even third viewing, there's still plenty you may not have picked up on and this one hidden detail is a bit of a tearjerker.


Never mind Lonnie. Never mind Bob (RIP). Never mind Jonathan. Hawkins chief of police and all round nice dude, Hopper, was undoubtedly the patriarch of the show. Sure, Steve gave him an unexpected run for his money at some points towards the end of season two, but if the Stranger Things cast were a family sitting down to dinner, Hopper would definitely be the one sat at the head of the table, burping and making dad jokes.

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The gentle giant was so in touch with his paternal instincts, in fact, that he went on to adopt Eleven - in spite of the fact that she trashed his house with the power of her mind mere weeks earlier.

Of course, Hopper was deeply affected by the untimely death of his biological daughter, Sara, and you may not have noticed, but he took to wearing her hair bobble around his wrist in order to never forget her.

In one of the flashback scenes, where Sara is having a panic attack in the garden, you'll notice she has a blue hair tie keeping her ponytail in place.

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Fast forward to Hopper comforting her in her hospital bed and the loving dad is wearing it on his wrist.

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Speaking to INSIDER, David Harbour, who plays Hopper, said: "It's something subtle we do, and in fact if you watch the first [scene] of Jim Hopper in season one, he wakes up in the morning and before he even checks his watch he touches that bracelet on his arm."

In fact, Hopper plays with the band on his wrist whenever he is stressed. You'll notice him doing it whilst on the phone to Sara's mum, and after he and Eleven have an argument.

"I'll fiddle with it, almost like you would with a wedding ring when you're going through a divorce but you're still wearing it," Harbour said. "It's a constant reminder to him of his struggles and his guilt around not being about to save his child."

But remember in the last episode of season two, when Eleven goes to the Snow Ball? Well, check out what she's wearing on her wrist.

Credit: Netflix / Stranger Things

If that doesn't make your heart melt, then I don't know what will.

But that's not where the story ends, because Harbour revealed that there could be more to come about his daughter's death in season three.

"At the end of the series you'll see that Jim is not wearing it anymore, but I don't want to get too into that because that's something we may talk about sometime in season three," Harbour said.

"It's something we'll delve more into in terms of Jim's daughter and him confronting this Eleven relationship and what that means ... there's more to be revealed there."

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