– by Joseph Jammer Medina

One lingering aspect of Stranger Things last season was the way they left the whole Barb situation. She was a character who (for some reason) clicked with a lot of fans, and her death left a bad taste in many fans’ mouths — mostly that it was kind of swept under the rug to make way for the main plot.

Don’t worry, they plan on addressing this, actress Natalia Dyer (who plays Barb’s best friend, Nancy) told EW:

“Especially this season, Barb’s a big part of Nancy’s story line and that drive to — I don’t know how to say it otherwise — to find justice. There are a lot of loose ends there that Nancy feels need to be addressed.”

As most people do following moments of tragedy, it sounds like Nancy avoided the guilt that came with Barb’s death. Series co-creator Ross Duffer really want to drive home that it’s something she didn’t get a chance to deal with, and that’ll come to fruition this time around.

But that’s not all. Barb’s parents will also play a role, according to co-creator Matt Duffer.

“You met her mom briefly last year but we introduce her dad. The only thing that bothered me about the Barb criticism was people saying her parents didn’t care about her — of course they care. In their mind, Hopper has been slacking off and he’s a joke of a chief.”

We’re very interested to see how this plays out in the overall plot, as well as with Hopper, who spent all of last season being the best damn detective ever. This certainly won’t help his conscience much.

Are you happy to see Barb’s death being addressed? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Stranger Things Season 2 hits Netflix on October 27, 2017.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.