Stranger Things Actors Say Season 2 Deals with the "Internet Rage" Surrounding Barb
Spoilers for Stranger Things follow!
While Stranger Things has inspired mostly praise, cosplay, and some ridiculously brilliant fan art, but like any popular property, it also inspired some internet rage, mostly surrounding the fate of Barb. The fan favorite character was kidnapped and unceremoniously eaten by the Demogorgon, all while her parents, best friend, and community didn't seem to care very much that she was gone. Now, the Stranger Things cast is reassuring fans that there will be "Justice for Barb," in some sense at least.
David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown took the stage today at the NYCC Stranger Things panel, and Harbour responded to a fan question about seeing justice for Barb in the second season:
"We do know a little bit [about season two], but we're not going to say anything," Harbour said. "But we will tell you that we do deal with the loose ends in season two, and we do deal with some of the internet rage. So we do have Justice for Barb in some sense."
The Duffer brothers have previously stated that Barb's disappearance doesn't cause much fallout because the entire first season takes place over the course of about a week, but that they will deal with the fallout in season two. So this is likely what Harbour is referring to, but he reiterated that the character is definitely dead.
"For those of you who are hoping that she magically comes back to the show, I can assure you that Barb is very much dead."
Since this is sci-fi and all, death isn't always the end. And Brown was a little more optimistic, telling fans to start a Twitter campaign if they want her back. (Personally, I hope she comes back as a ghost and re-enacts that amazing SNL sketch.) But more than likely, we've seen the last of poor Barb.
Stranger Things season two comes out sometime next year.