Stranger Things actor David Harbour has confirmed that the show’s most divisive character Barb is indeed “fully dead”.
Netflix recently confirmed that it has renewed the hit show for a second season. Season two will feature nine episodes, one more than the first, launching on Netflix at a date in 2017 which has yet to be announced.
Barb, portrayed by Shannon Purser, has become something of a fan cause célèbre online after many thought she was unfairly forgotten by the writers and other characters after appearing to be killed off.
Harbour, who plays Chief Jim Hopper in the show, took to Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show on Monday (October 10) to confirm that Barb is dead and will not return. He also dismissed the cult following that the character has gained.
“The internet rage over Barb, like who knew? [Actress] Shannon [Purser] is amazing, but the character’s in like two episodes, barely,” he said. “And the internet rage at Chief Hopper over not caring about Barb, I’m sorry. I have a little boy I have to safe!”
“I can assure you, if you think Barb is coming back, she’s fully dead”.
The show’s co-creator Matt Duffer previously promised that its second season will offer some “justice” for Barb.
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.”