Fans rejoice! Season 2 of Stranger Things is officially back on Netflix, so we hope the only plans you have tonight are binge-watching the wildly popular sci-fi/horror series. The show — which returned to Netflix this morning — arrived just in time for the spookiest of holidays. Set around October 1984, roughly a year after the events of Season 1, the second season will rejoin the residents of Hawkins, IN. as they battle an otherworldly “shadow monster.”
Yet because it’s been over a year since Stranger Things became a breakout hit, some fans still have questions lingering from last season like, “What happened to Barbara?” Luckily, we’ve put together a guide so you’ll be up to speed by the time you sit on your couch — with wine in hand, obvs. Warning: Major spoilers ahead!
Barb — played by actress, Shannon Purser — is Nancy Wheeler’s best friend who was dragged into the Upside Down by the Demogorgon near the start of the first season. In the episode titled, The Weirdo On Maple Street, Nancy makes Barb attend Steve Harrington’s house party, where Bard accidentally cuts her hand open. As a result, her blood gets the Demorgorgon’s attention and she disappears as the creature pulls her into the alternate world.
Sadly, Barb’s death is confirmed in the season’s penultimate episode, The Bathtub, when Eleven travels to the Upside Down to try and find Barb. Unfortunately, she sees Barb’s bloodied corpse with one of the Upside Down slugs coming out of her.
Shannon Purser, aka Barb, is interviewed in the window for Good Morning Britain on Oct. 27, 2017, at the Stranger Binge event at TopShop in London.
In an interview with IGN, the creators of Stranger Things weighed in on the breakout character’s fate. “Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb,” said Matt Duffer. “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!'”
He continued, “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 season two is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened.” Can’t. Wait.
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