Show creator addresses fan 'frustration' in new interview
Stranger Things co-creator Matt Duffer has promised that the show’s second season will offer some “justice” for cult character Barb.
Barb, portrayed by Shannon Purser, 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.
Speaking to IGN, Duffer said that while he “can’t see” Purser returning in the role in the future, that her character nonetheless “will not be forgotten”.
“We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb,” Duffer went on to say. “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!’,” he said.
“Season One actually takes place over the course of six or seven days – it’s a really short period of time,” Duffer explained. “So part of what we want to do with hypothetical Season Two is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened.”
Season Two of the hit Netflix show has not yet been confirmed but Netflix CEO Reed Hastings recently stated that the streaming service “would be dumb not to” recommission the series.
The creators of Stranger Things, twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, recently revealed that the show was rejected between 15 and 20 times by various TV networks before eventually being commissioned by Netflix.
The pair told Rolling Stone that some TV execs didn’t like the idea of having four children as the show’s lead characters when the target audience wasn’t other children.