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To Be Clear, Barb From Stranger Things Is Really, Honest-to-Goodness Dead

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Image via Netflix

Barb’s mucky demise on the first season of Stranger Things was, to say the least, a real bummer. In fact, some viewers were so distressed that they hoped—and in some cases convinced themselves—that she wasn’t really dead. Death, while seemingly pretty permanent ~IRL~, can sometimes be cheated in the sci-fi and fantasy universes. Alas, that’s not the case here: Barb is really and irreversibly dead.

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As the A.V. Club reports, Shannon Purser’s steadfast and uncompromising character will not pull a Jon Snow and return for season two. Executive producer Shawn Levy has confirmed this unfortunate news on multiple occasions—fans simply don’t want to accept it. And fair enough: one character was rescued from the Upside Down last season. Is there really no hope for poor Barb’s resuscitation? (Though, if I’m remembering correctly, Barb’s corpse was half-consumed, which likely presents some difficulties. Even Jon Snow was still intact postmortem.)

In a Facebook Live interview with The Hollywood Reporter Levy emphasizes that the show will avoid fan-service moves like resurrecting a character simply because viewers wish it. He has encouraged the Duffer Brothers, creators of the show, to create the narrative they want without catering to message board requests.

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So, it really is time to hold that Barb memorial service. May the living characters—I’m looking at you, Nancy—avenge her untimely death next season.

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I was expecting Barb to be a much bigger character with all the talk I was hearing about her.

That being said, I still don’t understand the draw. Were people obsessed with her ironically or did they genuinely like her character?