Stranger Things Creators Discuss Second Season
SPOILER ALERT: It\'s bad news for fans of one of the most popular characters.
We’ve been talking to Matt and Ross Duffer – the brilliant minds behind Netflix smash Stranger Things – and they’ve been spilling the beans about the future of the show.
So SPOILER ALERT if you haven\'t watched Season 1 or don\'t want to know anything about Season 2.
A second season hasn’t officially been announced, but as they’ve
all-but-confirmed it’s happening, we asked about the fate of two major characters who were in bad shape at the end of the first season.
And the outlook isn’t good for Barbara. One of the show’s breakout characters, Barb was last seen looking very much dead in the Upside Down. But as the brothers recently paraphrased James Cameron when talking about no one ever really being dead in sci-fi, we asked if she might reappear in Season 2.
“I can’t see it happening” came Matt’s response. "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.”
So it’s bad news for Barb fans, but potentially good news if you like Brenner. Which would be weird.
The show’s villain – played with sneering malevolence by Matthew Modine – Brenner was attacked by the monster at the end of the first season, though as we didn’t see him die onscreen, his fate was left somewhat open-ended.
And according to Matt, that isn’t the last we’ve seen of the diabolical doctor:
“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.”
We’ve got lots more from the Duffers, including details of hidden Easter Eggs, an update on Steve and Nancy’s relationship, and news on what happened to all the pudding that Dustin stole, so look out for that next week.
Chris Tilly is the Entertainment Editor for IGN in the UK and wrote this piece about his love for Stranger Things. He can be found talking nonsense on The Superhero Show and Twitter.
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