Summer 2016 was marked by a great many things: Team USA, the rise and fall of Pokemon Go, and perhaps most influential, the unexpected hero of Netflix's Stranger Things, the great Barb.
Fans were outraged by the character’s seemingly unfinished story—she gets abducted, but no real effort is ever put into finding her. Barb drifts away from the series’ consciousness, but the Internet has done an incredible job of keeping her indomitable spirit alive and well.
Since bingeing the Netflix Original’s inaugural season in its entirety, we’ve been plagued by the memory of Barb, and questions about her potential return.
Sadly, in conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Stranger Things director and executive producer Shawn Levy, put those rumors to rest.
“I think everyone has some Barb in them,” Levy began, “To see a character that is comfortable being an ‘other,’ I think that we cheer that.”
Audience admiration aside, Levy confirmed the worst: Barb is truly dead and gone.
“People still think Barb’s alive—because you think you want that, but you don’t really want that. I’ve had huge celebrities come up to me at these awards shows and be like ‘Between us, Barb’s coming back, right?’ And I’m like, you saw—she had a creature, slug/snake coming out of her mouth—I don’t know that there’s a bounce back from that.”
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For a greater dose of Barb’s Shannon Purser, catch the actress in Riverdale.
Winona is amazing. Obviously Winona is great at what she does. She can really get down to business when she needs to but between takes she's a goof. She's fun, she's Grounded and smiling and laughing. And it was such a pleasure and an honor to get to work alongside her. I just remember bonding with her over, Nancy has this one line about salt. Where are we gonna get that much salt? She's like, it was goog. You did the best with that line that you definitely could have Some of the strangest things are just like when you're standing there face to face with this guys dressed in a monster suit and you're just like going through the blocking of how a scene is gonna go. You know, it's those moments where you just have to stop and you're like this, this is a little weird. [MUSIC] Well, that's got to be one of my favorite days of filming. Because yeah, we were filming this beautiful forest in Georgia and the arts department had completely like transformed it like put all these crazy practical effects things up and it was just kind of amazing. So, I would say, yeah, there's definitely Filming in the nether was pretty creepy in real life too. When I found out about Barb's tragic fate, it was definitely you know, sad because they were still writing it as we were filming and I think, you know, we were all maybe hoping that There'd be some kind of happy ending there. We kind of you know had this motto on set. That's like. Poor Barb. Poor Barb, she's like the nicest character in the whole thing and doesn't do anything wrong. There had to be an element of danger in the show and She got the short stick sad. [MUSIC] In the original pilot it looks like Nancy was absolutely going to end up with John because Steve was such a jerk in the original version of the show. But then they kind of switched things up while we were filming. Neither one of them could steal Nancy Is hard. Well, thanks for watching and you can catch Stranger Things on Netflix. [MUSIC]