Thank God There Will Be Justice For Barb In ‘Stranger Things,’ Because We’ve All Been Her
Following the finale of the first season of the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, many of us were left with deep emotional investment, instant obsession, and the haunting question: what about Barb?! In an interview with IGN, the Duffer brothers (who created the show) revealed there will be justice for Barb in Stranger Things’ second season. However, that justice will likely take shape in the form of a deeper investigation into the cause of her death and actual mourning for her loss rather than the mystical resurrection we were all hoping for.
Clearing up the air for those of us who assumed the writers were cold-hearted monsters with no empathy for Barb, Matt Duffer explained why there weren’t “answers” about her death in season one, telling IGN: “Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb.” He continued: “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.”
This serves as an acceptable explanation for now, although we can’t truly wager whether they’ll come through for Barb until Season 2 is unveiled.
In the meantime, it’s crucial to reflect upon the reasons people love Barb so much, which is largely based on how relatable she is. She is loyal and smart and awkward in all the relatable ways, and off the top of my head I can think of five ways in which we are all Barb.
We’ve All Been A Wingwoman At A Party With People We Hate
Barb became the embodiment of friendship loyalty when she humored Nancy’s misguided crush and became the wingwoman at a bonfire with assholes she had no interest in chilling with. Even though it was a hassle, she cared about the safety of her smitten friend and rolled through to provide much needed emotional backup (and an easy escape). Her placement in an uncomfortable situation made her one of the most empathetic and relatable characters on the show.
We’ve All Lived Our Version Of Blue Eyeshadow And Glasses
When it came to style, Barb fucking lived her truth. She paired the baby blue eyeshadow with her curled swoop and large glasses like nobody’s business, and while she would be killing it in most parts of Brooklyn, within the context of Stranger Things, her unique style set her even further in the periphery of high school social hell. Most of us have been there but didn’t look half as fresh as Barb.
We’ve All Watched Helplessly As Our Friends Dated Assholes
One of the best things about Barb was her ability to tell Nancy exactly what she thought about Steve (that he was shady) without actually judging Nancy for being drawn in. Barb knew it was inevitable that Nancy would at some point date a coiffed jerk, and she was fully ready to do the BFF duty of shaking her head while remaining available for comfort when Steve inevitably broke Nancy’s heart. If Barb had lived longer, Nancy would have undoubtedly returned the favor.
We’ve All Failed At A Drinking Game
When Barb got pressured into shotgunning beers with idiots, she obviously wasn’t excited but participated to pass the time (as many of us have). The moment her knife slipped and she ended up bleeding instead of cheerily drinking a beer was probably one of the most accessible drinking moments I’ve seen on any television show.
We’ve All Been Mysteriously Swallowed Up By A Void
Honestly, the most relatable thing about Barb was that moment she was left completely alone before being swiftly swallowed up by a sticky void that harvests monsters. The nature of her death was the ultimate mirror for what death and spirals into existentialist thought feels like for everyone.
RIP Barb. We are all demanding justice for your pain.