‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 : Eleven’s Millie Bobby Brown talks Barb’s fate in sequel

By Adelaide Valentine / 2017.01.11
Sharon Purser returns as Barb from "Stranger Things" in the 2017 Golden Globe Awards opening number.

Fans' curiosity whether Barb is alive in "Stranger Things" Season 2 is once again stirred following the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. However, Millie Bobby Brown confirmed that Barb is not returning for the sequel.

Brown (Eleven) reiterated what has, so far been reported about Barb's (Sharon Purser) possible return in the sequel. The young star denied that Barb is alive. Purser is definitely not reprising her character in "Stranger Things" Season 2. She remains dead after The Upside Down monster killed her in Season 1.

"No, she's not alive!" Brown told People.

Naturally, fans wondered if Barb is dead or possibly still alive in "Stranger Things" Season 2, after what the casts said at the Golden Globe Awards. Brown and co-stars Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) and Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin) rapped about Barb being alive during the opening number. Purser then came out of the pool looking alive and well (see video below).

This is not the first time Barb's fate in the sequel has been brought up. The Duffer Brothers have since confirmed in past interviews that Nancy's best friend is not in "Stranger Things" Season 2. Actor David Harbour (Chief Hopper) also confirmed her death.

"I can assure you, if you think Barb is coming back, she's fully dead," Entertainment Weekly quoted Harbour as saying.

Regardless, Barb's death will not go unnoticed in the sequel. Harbour added that "Stranger Things" Season 2 will give justice to the character.

Meanwhile, Purser's brief appearance as Barb in "Stranger Things" Season 1 paved way for more projects. It landed her a spot in the new CW series "Riverdale." Purser plays Ethel Muggs in the TV adaptation of the "Archie" comics. She also landed her first film appearance in the 2018 movie "Life of the Party," where she stars alongside Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph.

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