Call off the search party: Netflix’s Stranger Things Season 2 won’t lead us back to the Upside Down in pursuit of fan-favorite character Barb Holland (Shannon Purser). This week, Matt and Ross Duffer — creators of the ’80s nostalgic sci-fi horror show — confirmed to Variety that Barb, a character last seen in the spooky alternate dimension, will not be supernaturally revived.
Embraced by viewers for being the upright misfit friend of Nancy Wheeler, Barb was an unfortunate victim of the Demogorgon. She won over audiences as the “normal” girl who tried to be the voice of reason to her teenage girlfriend and succumbed to the oft-used horror trope of best friends who end up on the chopping block.
The Duffer brothers shut down any possibility of a fan-fueled rebirth, saying, “There’s no resurrecting Barb.” However, Matt Duffer admits they didn’t foresee her popularity. “It was really surprising how much she took off,” he shared. “I related to her, so I think other people did as well.”
The Duffers’ latest statement echoes what star David Harbour said at New York Comic Con last year. “I can assure you that Barb is very much dead,” he confirmed. However, the actor added that “we do deal with the loose ends in Season 2, and we do deal with some of the internet rage over Barb’s death… we will have justice for Barb’s death in some sense.”
The Duffers also teased that they knew where they would be headed for Season 2. “A lot of the story for Season 2 was figured before the show had come out, so we had the big beats figured out already,” they revealed.
Debuting October 31 on Netflix, Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Joe Keery and Noah Schnapp.