Spoilers forward for Season 2 of Stranger Issues.
It has been every week and alter since Stranger Issues lastly launched its second season, and the fandom is reeling from all of the binge watching goodness. Stranger Issues 2 (because the Duffer Brothers call it) expanded the mythos and characters of Hawkins, whereas additionally constructing upon the precedent set within the first season. Specifically, the topic of Barb’s disappearance and demise was lastly addressed in a heartbreaking matter. We met Barb’s household, who have been holding out hope their daughter would return to them. And Nancy’s major motivation all through the season was #Justice4Barb. However was this all fan service?
CinemaBlend’s Conner Schwerdtfeger lately sat down with the Duffer Brothers at a Grasp Class occasion at Chapman College. When requested if Barb’s plot in Season 2 was crafted as a consequence of fan adoration for the character, Ross Duffer mentioned:
That is exhausting to say, simply because we had damaged a whole lot of Season 2 by the point Season 1 got here out so we have been all the time going to have Nancy be the one one coping with it. Whether or not it added an addition episode or two of Barb discuss, it is exhausting for us to say. Season 2 was all the time concerning the trauma of Season 1 and these characters coping with it in their very own methods. In order that’s actually what we needed to give attention to was. It was all the time going contain in some methods Nancy coping with it, however after all that time of Barb perhaps made us hyper-aware of creating positive that we felt that her story obtained the closure that it deserved.
Though Barb’s large recognition could have granted her Season 2 plot an additional scene or two, it seems to be like The Duffer Brothers have been all the time planning on having Nancy wrestle with the demise of her finest pal. In any case, if she hadn’t dragged Barb to Steve’s occasion in Season 1 she would not have gotten taken by the Demogorgon.
The Duffer Brothers actually did deal with Barb’s death nice in Stranger Things 2. Seeing her household basically damage their lives in an try to search out their lacking daughter was heartbreaking, particularly with Nancy unable to inform them the reality. What adopted was she and Jonathan try to reveal the reality about Hawkins Lab, they usually in the end succeeded. The power was blamed for her demise, and Barb was lastly given a correct funeral.
It was really shocking that actress Shannon Purser did not present up in any respect within the present’s second season. Whereas Barb was 100 % lifeless, I assumed perhaps a flashback or dream sequence would enable her to briefly reprise her position. However maybe including Barb again into the present would have been fan service. In any case, she ended up getting an Emmy nomination principally because of the character’s recognition.
Stranger Issues 2 is presently streaming in its entirety on Netflix. Take a look at our fall premiere list to plan your subsequent binge watch.