There was some potentially devastating news for fans of Netflix's "Stranger Things" out of New York Comic Con. Shannon Purser's tragically sidelined fan-favorite character Barb was confirmed as categorically dead -- and she won't be coming back for the show's highly-anticipated second season.
The news came out of the show's NYCC panel, with David Harbour, who portrays local lawman Chief Hopper, relaying the sad news, as reported by io9.
"I can assure you that Barb is very much dead," Harbour said when asked about the status of Barb. 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.”
During the panel, Harbour also revealed that audiences would discover more about the relationship Chief Hopper had with his dead daughter in season 2, something the actor views as a defining aspect of his character.
“I feel like with the loss of a daughter like that, I just feel like he's truly broken in a way that almost cannot be healed," Harbour said. "In a certain way he has so much guilt because he's so used to saving people -- used to good guys and bad guys -- and finally he puts himself in a situation where it's just life. I mean, there's just nothing he can do and I think that he takes that on himself and carries it on his shoulders."
Season 2 of "Stranger Things" will air sometime in 2017 on Netflix.