This article will contain spoilers for Stranger Things.
Stranger Things was a suprise Netflix hit that captured the imaginations of many viewers — us included. The nostalgic 80s throwback series, a nice mixture of E.T., Alien, and The Goonies, was something different. Or at least something we hadn’t seen in a while.
But it wasn’t perfect.
One of the biggest complaints was about Barb, the overbearing and responsible counterpart to Nancy’s rebellious and care-free attitude. While the entire town of Hawkins is focusing on the disappearance of 12-year old Will Byers, Barb’s similar vanishing act is barely acknowledged. Like c’mon, Barb actually ends up dead! No one seems to care.
In the show’s defense, they offer a brief explanation. One of the town cops spouts a throwaway line about her car being found at the bus station or something like that (presumably moved there by one of the shady dudes in black suits that works for Hawkins Labs and/or the CIA).
Still, you’d think a missing teenager would also be cause for alarm. In a recent interview with IGN, co-creator Matt Duffer promised that Barb’s disappearance and death would not be ignored in Season Two.
“It’s not like her parents are like ‘Oh Barb left.’ She died!” Duffer explained. “Season One actually takes place over the course of six or seven days – it’s a really short period of time. So part of what we want to do with hypothetical Season Two is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened.”
“But Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb,” Duffer 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.”
Poor Barb. We barely knew her.