Stranger Things Creators Tease Fates of Barb & Brenner in Season 2
Ever since it launched on Netflix last month, fans have been obsessed with Stranger Things, the streaming service's love letter to the 1980s. While they haven't yet officially announced that Stranger Things Season 2 will happen, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings recently stated that they would be "dumb" not to renew the show. Today we have new details on this imminent second season, including how the beloved character Barb may fit into this season. There will be SPOILERS if you haven't caught up with the series yet, so read on at your own risk.
Even though she was killed off halfway through the season, Shannon Purser's character Barb has become a cultural sensation. Last week, a comedy rap group known as Dr. Chorizo debuted a hilarious music video tribute to Barb. IGN recently spoke with series creators Matt and Ross Duffer, who were asked if there was any chance we'd see Barb again, after she was last seen in the Upside Down. Here's what Matt Duffer had to say below.
"I can't see it happening. But Barb will not be forgotten. We'll make sure there's some justice for Barb. 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. It's not like her parents are like 'Oh Barb left. She died!' 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 2 is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened."
However, there is another character who is believed to be dead, who may return in the Netflix series. Matthew Modine starred as the main villain, Dr. Brenner, who was attacked by the monster at the end of this season. While we never see him actually die, most assume his fate had been sealed, but Matt Duffer reveals that we have not seen the last of this nefarious character. Here's what he had to say below.
"I would say that if we were going to kill Brenner... as an audience member watching the show, if that was his death, that would be very unsatisfying to me - when the monster jumps on him and we cut away. He would deserve much more than that as an ending. So yes, there's a possibility of seeing him again."
The first season was criticized for copying or stealing scenes or general ideas from a number of iconic 80s movies, but we don't know if the Duffer Brothers will continue to pay homage to these 80s movies in the second season. It is believed that the main cast members will be returning, but nothing has been confirmed yet. No plot details have been released, but we'll keep you posted as soon as new details surface.