Fans almost were able to see Barb return on ‘Stranger Things.’ In a fun little get together recently there was a roundtable discussion from some of the most visible creatives in entertainment and one of them just happened to be Shawn Levy.
This little nugget dropped when the question was asked about fans who share their ideas online and if any of the creators ever used any of their suggestions. Levy quickly interjected, that even if it were true, admitting it would be a “slippery slope” because then have to worry about being getting sued for copyright infringement from whoever suggested the idea to begin with.
So Levy went the opposite route and mentioned that “everyone wanted Barb to somehow be miraculously alive.”
It turns out that the creative team did, in fact, consider this idea…
“When it’s about what people think they want, you have to trust that you know a little bit better. In the case of Barb, I’m not going to lie; we spent maybe 20 seconds talking about it — notwithstanding the slug of death that was coming out of her mouth in the nether.”
Clearly, they didn’t consider it for that long. While satisfying an outspoken fanbase does happen, doing so while sacrificing your overall vision probably isn’t the right route to go.
Of course, it could always still end up happening in the third season. Anything is possible when it comes to Hawkins, Indiana. A return for Barb wouldn’t even need to show that she was back alive as her return could easily be part of a vision or something from the Upside Down now using her body.
Are you happy that Shawn Levy and the creative team of ‘Stranger Things’ stuck to their guns about Barb’s death? Do you feel that listening to the fanbase is in the best interest of shows or if they have an overall story in mind that they should follow their hearts on it? Share your thoughts below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter