Duffer Brothers talk Barb and Brenner's fate and their role in Season 2 of Stranger Things

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Aug 23, 2016

Beware: Spoilers for Season 1 of Stranger Things below

With Stranger Things emerging as one of Netflix’s biggest hits — even passing Marvel juggernauts Daredevil and Jessica Jones — fans are eagerly anticipating news of a second-season renewal from the streaming service.

The two men behind this amazing love letter to the 1980s (think Stand By Me mashed with E.T. mashed with Poltergeist mashed with, well, you get the drift) — Matt and Ross Duffer, aka the Duffer Brothers — are already talking about an all-but-confirmed Season 2 and revealing some intriguing tidbits about what to expect for the show’s sophomore season.

Speaking to IGN, the Duffer Brothers opened up about two specific characters: Barbara (Shannon Purser) and the villainous Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine). If you’ve seen the show, than you pretty much know Barb’s fate in the Upside Down. When asked if there were chances Barbara would return in Season 2, here’s what Matt said:

“I can’t see it happening. 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.”

As for Brenner, what we “saw” may not be what we get. Meaning, we didn’t actually see Brenner get killed by the monster, right? Matt Duffer pretty much agrees:

“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.”

Okay. I seriously thought Brenner was a goner, but now, maybe not. Hopefully Netflix will put us out of our misery soon enough and give the green light for a second season. In the meanwhile, check out the awesome intro credits for Stranger Things.

(via IGN)

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