Barb From ‘Stranger Things’ lands role in new teen drama

'Riverdale' is based on a popular comic series

Stranger Things actress Shannon Purser, who played cult character Barb in the sci-fi series, has landed a role in a new teen series.

Riverdale is based on the Archie Comic series. Purser is set to appear as the character Ethel Muggs for three episodes in the drama, which is due to air in the US on October 10.

According to Entertainment Weekly, her character is similar to Barb in Stranger Things. Barb has become something of a fan cause célèbre online after many thought (spoiler alert!) she was unfairly forgotten by the writers and other characters after being killed off.


Stranger Things co-creator Matt Duffer recently promised that the show’s second season will offer some “justice” for cult character Barb.

He added: “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,” Duffer added. “So part of what we want to do with hypothetical Season Two is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened.”

Meanwhile, a teaser trailer for Season Two of Stranger Things was revealed earlier today. You can view the trailer below.


The show’s creators also revealed a few teasers for the second season including the fact that it will feature nine episodes – one more than the first season. The new episodes will launch at a date in 2017 which is still to be confirmed.