The Brothers Duffer have been talking a second season, because while Netflix hasn’t officially pressed play on more Stranger Things, everyone knows it’s happening and is operating accordingly. With that in mind, they were asked if the immediately memetic Barb would return—alive, well and perfectly coiffured. Alas, no.
“I can’t see it happening” came Matt’s response. “But Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb. People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn’t seem to be really dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening. We’re just not spending any screen time on it.
“It’s not like her parents are like ‘Oh Barb left. She died!’ Season One 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.”
JUSTICE. BARB JUSTICE.
With the Barb exception, the general sci-fi rule of “if you didn’t see them die onscreen, they ain’t dead” is fully in motion for Matthew Modine’s Dr. Brenner.
“I would say that if we were going to kill Brenner… as an audience member watching the show, if that was his death, that would be very unsatisfying to me - when the monster jumps on him and we cut away. He would deserve much more than that as an ending. So yes, there’s a possibility of seeing him again.”
The silver fox of Hawkins lives. I hope El shoves Eggos down his throat and then puts him in the toaster.