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If you’re a fan of Stranger Things’ Barb then this news may upset you…

August 20th, 2016 by Marc Comments

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She may have only had a little screen time in Stranger Things but Barb, played by Shannon Purser, has gathered a massive fan base online… and rightly so, she’s a very real and great character.


However, despite the fact that we very clearly saw her dead in the Upside Down in the show – look, that bug crawling out of her bloated, blue mouth was NOT messing around, ok? – a lot of people believe she is still alive and a lot of them base their hopes on the fact that, despite the search for her being a big part of the series, we never really see anyone grieve for her.

Well now co-creator Matt Duffer is putting to rest any hope you may still have that Barb is out there fighting the good fight: “I can’t see [her 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.”

Will we see purser back as Barb? Well there’s always the flashback route but we’d say it’s unlikely. Barb is dead… but not forgotten

However, what about the villain of the piece – no, not the creature – Matthew Modine? Well, you may recall he never actually saw him die; attacked? Yes, but not specifically killed: “I would say that if we were going to kill [Dr. Martin] Brenner… as an audience member watching the show, if that was his death, that would be very unsatisfying to me – when the monster jumps on him and we cut away,” Duffer said.

“He would deserve much more than that as an ending. So yes, there’s a possibility of seeing him again.”

So Brenner will possibly be back but Barb won’t. Is that justice? No, but still, Squirrel Girl might still happen…


Source: IGN

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….