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Paul Reiser hopes his character will return for the fifth and final season of Stranger Things

Eleven-time Emmy nominee Paul Reiser still doesn’t know if his character Dr. Sam Owens will return for the fifth and final season of Stranger Things, which premieres on Netflix between late 2023 and early 2024.

The 66-year-old New York native told E! News on Saturday: “I literally don’t know.”

The last time the audience saw the head of the Department of Energy, he was greeted by Lt. Colonel Jack Sullivan (Sherman Augustus), intent on killing Jane “Eleven” Hopper (Millie Bobby Brown), is handcuffed in an underground desert base.

dr Owens helped Eleven regain her psychokinetic powers, and if he survives, military personnel like Sullivan will continue to pressure him into revealing to her that she has returned to the log cabin in the fictional Hawkins, IN.

The Stranger Things writers room tweeted, “Hey everyone send us your thoughts for the next season. What would you like to see?” said Paul.

“And I wrote in it, ‘Can Dr. Owen’s live? Would that be possible?” … I would appreciate it if Dr. Owens walks in like a superhero cloak and saves the day.

According to IMDb, Reiser appears in all eight episodes of season five.

The Aliens alum originally stepped in for season two in 2017 as a replacement for Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine) joins the ensemble cast of the critically acclaimed favorite binge-watching at the Hawkins Laboratory.

“When I first met [creators Matt & Ross Duffer five] Years ago I said, “Am I a good guy or a bad guy?” Paul recalled.

“They say, ‘We don’t know.’ And I said, ‘Don’t you know, or are you just not going to tell me?’ They say, “No, we don’t know.” And that’s why they don’t tell me.’

Last month, Reiser worked hard to reprise his role as Detective Jeffrey Friedman on the LA set of Mark Molloy’s four-quel Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley, starring Eddie Murphy.

Audiences can next catch the The Boys actor as Step Right Up creator Gordon in Steven Levitan’s (Modern Family) eight-part comedy series Reboot, which premieres Tuesday on Hulu.

Paul will also be bringing his 28-day stand-up comedy tour to the North Iowa Community Auditorium in Mason City next Saturday.

Privately, Reiser has two adult sons – Ezra, 27; and Leon, 22 – from his 34-year marriage to clinical psychologist Dr. Paula Ravets.

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