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Stranger Things' David Harbour believes Barb is "fully dead"

10.11.2016

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Who would’ve thunk STRANGER THINGS would become the phenomenon it has? It was an original concept that took the world by storm to the point where I’m sure there are people locking themselves in their room writing piles of fan fiction. The show is that big, but there’s an internet concern that has grown even larger than the show itself: What about Barb?

The character (played by Shannon Purser) vanished to the Upside-Down much like Will (Noah Schnapp), and yet did not get the same manhunt the boy did. This has led to outrage in the fan community wondering why no one gives a shit about Barb. Well, David Harbour (Chief Jim Copper) went on The Tonight Show (via EW) to give fans the honest truth:

“The internet rage over Barb, like who knew? Shannon [Purser] is amazing, but the character’s in like two episodes, barely. And the internet rage at Chief Hopper over not caring about Barb, I’m sorry. I have a little boy I have to save!”
 “There will be justice for Barb.  But I can assure you, if you think Barb is coming back, she’s fully dead. C’mon, there was a slug, and the whole… no.”

The audience was notably distraught at that last part, but the guy has a point, even if he was simply playing around. The character (or at least someone who looks like her) was seen looking very dead with a slug slithering (What do slugs do? Crawl? Fall? Glide??) out of her very dead mouth. I can’t imagine even he knows what’s happening in season two, but Harbour seems to have his own notion as to what happened. I agree with him that the character was extremely minor in the grand scheme of things, but audiences can’t stand not knowing, and this idea that her fate wasn’t directly stated, and the fact no one else in the show seemed to care about her disappearance, has been driving fans mad. This is probably just a joke on Harbour’s front, but still, it makes you think the mystery around Barb is more cut and dried than fan theories may suggest. Still, let the speculation commence!

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4:10PM on 10/12/2016

The moment I saw Barb on the show, I said she's only included to be killed off

Classic horror film rules. You kill the unattractive male or female friend of the main character. Nothing much new here.
Classic horror film rules. You kill the unattractive male or female friend of the main character. Nothing much new here.
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5:25PM on 10/11/2016

Who cares

Why do people care so much about Barb? She's dead. RIP.
Why do people care so much about Barb? She's dead. RIP.
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2:40PM on 10/11/2016

There was never any ambiguity there!

Her body was found and she was dead. It's that cut and dry. People wanted more from the character but it's pretty clear she was always intended to be a minor character and those rarely get meaningful death.
Her body was found and she was dead. It's that cut and dry. People wanted more from the character but it's pretty clear she was always intended to be a minor character and those rarely get meaningful death.
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11:19AM on 10/11/2016

Spoilers in titles of articles..

I have been putting off watching this series until i can crush the first season in a day or too.. thats just how i like to do my series.. i dont know who this Barb Character is, but what i do know now is that she is dead and i haven't even watched the first season. COULD WE NOT PUT SPOILERS IN THE TITLE, i avoid news stories about series and movies that i want to see so that nothing is ruined for me prior. So i go on Joblo, and what do i see in the news section.. a spoiler in Bold. BE
I have been putting off watching this series until i can crush the first season in a day or too.. thats just how i like to do my series.. i dont know who this Barb Character is, but what i do know now is that she is dead and i haven't even watched the first season. COULD WE NOT PUT SPOILERS IN THE TITLE, i avoid news stories about series and movies that i want to see so that nothing is ruined for me prior. So i go on Joblo, and what do i see in the news section.. a spoiler in Bold. BE MORE AWARE OF OTHERS PLEASE
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11:24AM on 10/11/2016
They were kidding. She's not really dead.
They were kidding. She's not really dead.
12:04PM on 10/11/2016
Al-Dog: It's still a spoiler because now Heero knows something potentially deadly will happen to her.
Al-Dog: It's still a spoiler because now Heero knows something potentially deadly will happen to her.
12:59PM on 10/11/2016
This is what spoiled it? The Barb being dead thing is pretty ubiquitous at this point. Maybe crush the season a little quicker next time.
This is what spoiled it? The Barb being dead thing is pretty ubiquitous at this point. Maybe crush the season a little quicker next time.
1:39PM on 10/11/2016
@JojoTheWonderdo: How can you say that? People have the right to watch shows and movies whenever they want to. And it's not like saying spoilers is a necessity. The title of this article could've used different words and only people who have seen the show would've read it.
@JojoTheWonderdo: How can you say that? People have the right to watch shows and movies whenever they want to. And it's not like saying spoilers is a necessity. The title of this article could've used different words and only people who have seen the show would've read it.
2:45PM on 10/11/2016
ok
ok
6:57PM on 10/11/2016
Thing is, it's a risk you take on a movie/tv site if you wait this long after a show or movie has aired. So does everybody watching David Harbour on Fallon who hasn't seen Stranger Things yet have a case against The Tonight Show for spoiling Stranger Things? I would say if you really don't want to know anything, then stay off of the internet (there were memes and gifs about Barb going around like crazy ever since immediately after the show ended), and don't watch any talk shows either.
Thing is, it's a risk you take on a movie/tv site if you wait this long after a show or movie has aired. So does everybody watching David Harbour on Fallon who hasn't seen Stranger Things yet have a case against The Tonight Show for spoiling Stranger Things? I would say if you really don't want to know anything, then stay off of the internet (there were memes and gifs about Barb going around like crazy ever since immediately after the show ended), and don't watch any talk shows either.
6:28AM on 10/12/2016
1) It's impossible for any person to watch the new episode of every show when it airs, specially a Netflix show where the entire season is released at one (the JoBlo critics still haven't finished LUKE CAGE). One of the advantages of Netflix is that one can watch anything on it (original or not) anytime they want.
2) Heero didn't turn on to watch THE TONIGHT SHOW; he casually read the article's title while scrolling in the main page.
3) The Internet isn't just for fun. The communication media
1) It's impossible for any person to watch the new episode of every show when it airs, specially a Netflix show where the entire season is released at one (the JoBlo critics still haven't finished LUKE CAGE). One of the advantages of Netflix is that one can watch anything on it (original or not) anytime they want.
2) Heero didn't turn on to watch THE TONIGHT SHOW; he casually read the article's title while scrolling in the main page.
3) The Internet isn't just for fun. The communication media are important. One shouldn't have to stay off news (regardless of the type) sites everytime a new episode airs... which is literally every day of the year!
10:51AM on 10/11/2016
The whole season took place in like what....two weeks if not less? It's not like they really had time to dedicate the show's time, and/or characters to really look for Barb when the whole mystery around Will's disappearance was occurring.

She's not a vital character at this point, so I don't see what the big deal is about Barb's death.
The whole season took place in like what....two weeks if not less? It's not like they really had time to dedicate the show's time, and/or characters to really look for Barb when the whole mystery around Will's disappearance was occurring.

She's not a vital character at this point, so I don't see what the big deal is about Barb's death.
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11:04AM on 10/11/2016
The whole show took place over a 5 day period. The Duffers have said that there was absolutely a police search for Barb, but the show focused on Will, so you didn't see it.

I'm with you, I think the Barb thing is out of hand.
The whole show took place over a 5 day period. The Duffers have said that there was absolutely a police search for Barb, but the show focused on Will, so you didn't see it.

I'm with you, I think the Barb thing is out of hand.
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