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‘Stranger Things’ creators drop hints about Barb’s fate for Season 2

The Duffer Brothers are all set for season 2 of 'Stranger Things.'


April Siese


Published Aug 20, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 5:28 am CDT

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Season 1 of Stranger Things.

Netflix has yet to confirm season 2 of Stranger Things but everyone knows in their heart of hearts that the show is headed for renewal. Series creators Matt and Ross Duffer are slowly starting to open up about their plans for show, hinting at some unfinished business at Hawkins Laboratory.

Perhaps the biggest question on the minds of fans is what becomes of Barb, Nancy’s best friend and perhaps the only person unconcerned with the social hierarchies of high school—that is until the two head to Steve’s house party.

Barb disappears from the poolside festivities and eventually makes it to the Upside Down. Things don’t look good for her. Is all really lost?

In an interview with IGN, the Duffer brothers hint that she’s gone but not forgotten. “We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb,” Matt says.

“It’s not like her parents are like ‘Oh Barb left. She died,’” he continues. “Season 1 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.”

That means digging into the implications of Barb’s disappearance as well as catching up with another character: Dr. Martin Brenner. The duo hints at the diabolical mad scientist’s return. And still we have more questions.

That’s the nature of Stranger Things, a show teeming with easter eggs and steeped in nostalgia. Season 2 can’t come fast enough.


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*First Published: Aug 20, 2016, 4:24 pm CDT