Reddit user HouseHeisenb3rg explained: “My point is, the showrunners could have easily restored Eleven’s powers if they wanted to, but they are holding out because Eleven would have looked for Hopper if she could, spoiling the ‘mystery’.
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Despite saying the fan-favourite is still alive, the user goes on to speculate that Hopper isn’t ‘The American’ referred to in the post-credit scene after the season 3 finale.
The user went on: “But here’s where things get interesting… Despite all the clues, despite all the glimmers of hope, the person in the Russian cell is not Jim Hopper. It is Dr. Brenner. By revealing Dr Brenner is alive and in Russia, they kill two birds with one stone.”
Stranger Things seasons 1-3 are available to stream on Netflix.