Spoilers for Stranger Things ahead……
When The Duffer Brothers’ nostalgia inspired horror series Stranger Things debuted on Netflix earlier this year, it left its newfound fanbase with a multitude of questions. Chief among them was this: just what the heck happened to Barb?
The best friend of Nancy Wheeler, despite limited screen time, made quite the impression on many viewers, making the ambiguous details behind her fate all the more infuriating. Between the fact that the town seemed to simply ignore her disappearance and Shannon Purser’s all-too brief but memorable performance, Barb stands in many eyes as one of the most under appreciated television characters of the year. And the fans aren’t the only ones who feel that way. In a recent video interview with EW, three of the show’s young stars, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp shared their own thoughts behind the character’s treatment on the show.
“A lot of people will message me: ‘Why didn’t you guys look for Barb?’” Matarazzo said. “[Our characters] didn’t focus on looking for Barb because we didn’t really know her. She was just Mike’s sister’s friend. We didn’t really know her, we were looking for our best friend.”