There’s not a lot to talk about here, concerning Barb, the bespectacled young girl who died during the events of the first season of Stranger things. She was taken into the Upside Down and apparently killed, or so it appears that way. Certainly her death has sparked outrage that her passing was allegedly so callously ignored, so much that hashtags and petitions and other sorts of nonsense have been bandied about in order to compel the Duffer Brothers to bring her back.
Well, as has been reported elsewhere with great fanfare, Barb is dead. She’s gone. Forever. But that doesn’t mean that she won’t be remembered or eulogized in the new season of Stranger things. It also doesn’t mean that she won’t get justice, justice for Barb, which means since the demogorgon is dead, perhaps that means justice from Hawkins Labs.
In a new interview with TV Guide , Stranger Things star David Harbour touched on the legacy of Barb and how things will play out in the new season.
“Barb is clearly dead. 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 2. Barb was not given the justice she deserved in Season 1 because we were focused on Will 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.”
I get it. She was a fan favorite character. She was sweet, and petite. But someone had to die. Will Beyers got off, and Eleven is somewhere eating Eggos. The Demogorgon or whatever it was is dead. You can’t have a perfect ending. It’s unrealistic in this age of realistic television. Someone has to die. Better it be Barb, a relatively unimportant character, than one of the main cast. Someone has to be sacrificed to craft a bittersweet ending.