Giving fans what they desire. Stranger Things season 4 didn’t initially feature another kiss between Joyce ByerAnd Jim Hopper, but actors Winona Ryder and David HarbourDecided to film the second smooch anyway.
“This kiss wasn’t scripted, Winona and David added it on the day of filming,” the verified Twitter accountFor the Stranger ThingsOn Saturday, July 2, writers shared their work.
In the Stranger Things season 4 finale, which was released on Netflix Friday, July 1, Ryder’s Joyce was struggling with flashbacks to Bob’s (Sean Astin) death. Her then-boyfriend saved her from a Demogorgon, but the creature attacked him. Hopper assures Joyce things are better now and gives her a sweet hug.
Volume 2 was the first time the couple had ever sex, as Netflix calls it. The scene was more intense, with the two lovers getting into a passionate kiss until they were interrupted by their guardians. However, the second kiss was a much more tender moment, so viewers didn’t seem to mind two separate lip locks.
“NO BC THE SECOND KISS WAS SO SOFT AND SWEET LIKE JIM HOPPER DID THAT TO REASSURE JOYCE THAT SHE’S NOT GONNA LOSE HIM AGAIN CAN YOU HEAR MY SCREAMS #StrangerThings,” one audience member tweeted.
Another wrote via Twitter, “Thank you joyce byers and jim hopper for the BEST KISS in tv show history.”
Stars are aware of this. Stranger Things fans’ enthusiasm for Joyce and Hopper’s romance. “The fans, they call it, like, Jopper or something,” Harbour, 47, explained during an episode of Beyond Stranger Things. “They all ship this relationship with Hopper and Joyce, and I do too because I feel like they’re two really lonely, lost people that really need each other.”
He isn’t the only one. Actor Brett Gelman exclusively told Us WeeklyDespite Murray Bauman’s character, he loves Joyce, and Hopper. “I definitely ship it. They love each other. That is all that matters,” he admitted in May. “When you meet single people and they are putting together a criteria of what you want, I am like, ‘You are wasting your time and you are stressing yourself out for nothing.’”
Stranger ThingsSeason 4 is now available on Netflix.