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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2: Barb Probably Isn’t Returning, and That’s OK

We're better off without her, friends.

Stranger Things” fans are unlikely to go trick-or-treating this Halloween, as season two of Netflix’s breakout hit debuts on that most spooky of holidays. As excited as many surely are to return to Hawkins, director/producer Shawn Levy warns viewers not to get their hopes up for the return of a certain beloved character: good ol’ Barb.

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“We are going to do things that fans will be disappointed in but I think they will be more satisfied by,” Levy says in a Facebook Live interview with THR. “I’ll give one example that I’ve been asked about a hundred times which is people still think Barb’s alive. Because you think you want that but you wouldn’t really want that.”

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Barb, who featured in this year’s Golden Globes opening segment (“Barb is still alive!”) and inspired a hilarious Vice takedown (“The person who knows Barb best — her mother — when confronted with the information that ‘something bad has happened to Barb’ is like, ‘Eh: Fuck Barb'”) emerged as a fan favorite during the show’s first season for some reason. Watch Levy’s full interview below.

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