Writers of the popular Netflix series Stranger Things briefly considered reviving Barb following her death in season 1. After Barb's (Shannon Purser's) exit from the series, fans created a #JusticeForBarb campaign on social media to make sure she got, well... justice in season 2.
When Stranger Things arrived on Netflix, the show was an instantaneous hit with fans. It received wide acclaim from audiences and critics alike, but one element that left fans disappointed was the death of minor character Barbara Holland. As Nancy Wheeler's best friend, Barb operated as Nancy's conscience while her friend was infatuated by the popular Steve Harrington. When the friends were invited to Steve's house for a party, Barb cut her hand on a beer bottle she tried to shotgun. Left alone by the pool, her blood attracted the demagorgon and she was dragged into the Upside-Down. Fans were left so upset by the writer's choice to kill off Barb that a #JusticeforBarb social media campaign took shape, and one that was only slightly resolved last season.
In a roundtable interview with THR, producer and occasional director of the show Shawn Levy revealed that the writers briefly considered reviving Barb for season 2. As fans well know, Barb is not in season 2 at all, but her spirit is very present in certain episodes and a whole storyline involving Nancy and Jonathan is devoted to reconciling Barb's death. Levy noted that while fans were impassioned about the prospect of having Barb somehow return for the second season, he and the writers new better.
"When it's about what people think they want, you have to trust that you know a little bit better. In the case of Barb, I'm not going to lie, we spent maybe 20 seconds talking about it — notwithstanding the slug of death that was coming out of her mouth in the nether."
While Shannon Purser's presence is missed by fans on Stranger Things, the actress has had a slew of successful projects. Purser has been featured in CW's Riverdale as Ethel Muggs and had a role in the 2017 horror film Wish Upon. This September, Purser will return to Netflix in the high school-set romantic comedy Sierra Burgess Is A Loser.
Barb's storyline on Stranger Things has come to a close, as she received a worthy send off with a funeral in season 2. Very little is known about what is to come next for the heroes in Hawkins, IN. Nevertheless, fans can look forward to more '80s references as the films of 1985 will be a huge fixture for season 3. Fans were given a sneak peak into the third season with a recent teaser showing Steve Harrington working at the mall. But given how secretive the show is, fans will have to wait quite some time for more news on the third season of Stranger Things.
Stranger Things season 3 will release on Netflix in 2019.
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