Despite her relatively limited screen time, Shannon Purser’s Barb Holland emerged as one of the breakout stars of the first season of Stranger Things, at least in the sense that her ultimately tragic storyline captured the attention of viewers. While the Duffer brothers have confirmed Barb won’t be resurrected for the second season of the Netflix series, many fans are determined to see #JusticeForBarb. And, according to actor David Harbour, their voices have been heard.
While speaking with TV Guide, the Stranger Things star confirmed that Barb hasn’t been forgotten.
“We had no idea how much she would take off,” admitted Harbour, who will return as Police Chief Jim Hopper. “I mean, the hair, the glasses, the blouse, the ‘is that a new bra,’ the judgement — all that, it is so wonderful when it was put together, but we had no idea she would take off in the way she did.”
“Barb is clearly dead,” he continued. “But as a result, I think, of some of the fandom and also as a result of what we want to explore, justice for Barb is a big thing in Season Two. Barb was not given the justice she deserved in Season One because we were focused on Will [Noah Schnapp] and saving a child, but so we’ve realized from the fans that Barb is important, and so we are going to treat her with the respect that she deserves.”
Returning Oct. 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.
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