Netflix’s “Stranger Things” series has generated much online discussion in the past month since its release from its indulgence in 1980s nostalgia to its overall very well-received reception from critics and audiences alike.
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Yet even those involved were probably taken aback by how much of the talk has revolved around an effectively ancillary character – Barb. In many ways it’s because the character is such an archetype of the ‘killed off early and forgotten about 1980s high school girl’ character from other films of the era that she’s become such a talking point.
Showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer tell IGN that they haven’t forgotten about Barb and say that though she’s likely not coming back, there will be “justice for Barb”, Matt Duffer says:
“I can’t see it [Barb returning] happening. But Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb. People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn’t seem to be really dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening. We’re just not spending any screen time on it.
It’s not like her parents are like ‘Oh Barb left. She died!’. Season One actually takes place over the course of six or seven days – it’s a really short period of time. So part of what we want to do with hypothetical Season 2 is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened.”
Duffer goes on to say that: “there’s a possibility of seeing” Matthew Modine’s Dr. Brenner character again as his apparent death in the first season – a cut away as the monster attacks – is “very unsatisfying” and he deserves “much more than that as an ending”.