Warning: spoilers forward for Stranger Issues Season 2! You’ve got been warned!
Even for those who by no means watched the primary season of Stranger Issues, there is a fairly good probability that you simply in all probability heard about Barbara “Barb” Holland in some unspecified time in the future. Shannon Purser’s kind-hearted and conservative (however finally ill-fated) finest pal of Nancy Wheeler grew to become a popular culture sensation when the present unceremoniously killed her off — resulting in the extensively unfold #JusticeForBarb marketing campaign. With Season 2 of the hit Netflix sequence now streaming, followers lastly bought some type of that justice, so let’s dive in and talk about precisely how Season 2 handled the dearly departed (and nonetheless very dead) Barb.
Proper out of the gate, Season 2 dealt with Barb by establishing a set of actual penalties for her disappearance one yr earlier — one thing that Season 1 by no means actually touched upon. Though a lot of Hawkins has forgotten in regards to the poor woman (notably with the return of Will Byers garnering so many headlines), we noticed that the Holland household was able to drive itself into monetary and psychological damage in its search to seek out her, and Nancy held herself responsible for Barb’s ugly dying in The Upside Down.
From there, Barb grew to become the driving power behind Nancy’s name to motion all through Season 2. Eager to do one thing in regards to the disappearance of her finest pal, she (together with Jonathan Byers) finally discovered a solution to sneak a recording machine into Hawkins Nationwide Laboratory and truly bought a confession of culpability out of Dr. Owens.
Taking the tape to disgraced journalist/conspiracy theorist Murry Bauman, they discovered a solution to lower the audio collectively in a approach that confirmed the federal government’s guilt in Barb’s dying — whereas additionally not forcing the thought of the Demogorgon or The Upside Down on a doubtlessly unwilling public. As a substitute of telling the world in regards to the monsters which have invaded the Indiana suburb, they choose to craft a fake conspiracy by which Hawkins Nationwide Laboratory and the Division of Vitality coated up the poor woman’s dying after publicity to a chemical asphyxiate. As soon as the reality (or no less than some model of it) bought out, Barb’s household obtained an abridged (albeit nonetheless comforting) model of her dying, and Hawkins might adequately mourn her.
Oddly sufficient, Stranger Issues Season 2 really managed to remodel Barb from a helpless sufferer to essentially the most distinguished catalyst for change in Hawkins. Ultimately, her dying finally grew to become the single-biggest contributing issue that causes the federal government to close down its less-than-savory exercise on the outskirts of city. Followers complained that nobody cared about her through the occasions of Season 1, however she finally went on to (from a sure perspective) arguably grow to be the present’s most noteworthy hero. She did not get to come back from the lifeless, however she nonetheless managed to assist our heroes obtain victory.
Stranger Issues Season 2 is now accessible to stream on Netflix. Nonetheless, The Duffer Brothers’ hit sequence is not the one present to debut this fall, so ensure that to take a look at our complete fall TV premiere guide to get a greater sense of what else is coming over the subsequent few months! Past that, ensure that to hearken to The Cord Cutter Podcast to listen to every thing we have now to say in regards to the world of streaming content material!