The First Details For 'Stranger Things' Season 2 (Including Barb's Fate) Have Been Revealed

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"Where is Barb?" is a question that all Stranger Things fans return to from time to time. Maybe it's when you're cooking pasta; or trying to avoid eye contact with other humans on public transport; or in idle moments of silence before sleep takes hold of your tattered mind. No matter when it is, we may soonhave the answers, thanks to world-weary Chief of Police Jim Hopper.

In case you hate Barb. He said some other things, too.

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Speaking to Hollywood Life, David Harbour, the actor who plays the gritty, small town cop in the show, revealed some subtle, but potentially intriguing details about season two, which is set to be released this summer. Including its timeline, as well as the fate of our cult, third-wheel hero, Barb.


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It's darker

"Season 2 is bigger and potentially darker in its stakes. The threat, which in Season 1 was to Will Byers, has grown. That's all I'm going to say! But, I will say Season 2 has a bigger cast and is definitely loyal to the kind of magical storytelling that we established in the first season. It's character-based and still about our core group of characters."

It's set a year on from the original

"It's a year later in the story, so there are several things that happened last year, like Will has come back. There are certain people in the town that know what happened, and then certain people that don't know what happened. So there's a lot of fallout with who knows what."

The state of Barb's whereabouts will be a focus

"The question and the feelings that Nancy has that no one ever cares about her friend Barb, are very much present in the beginning of the season."

Winona Ryder has a new boyfriend... unlucky Chief

"Sean Austin… he's Winona's new boyfriend — much to the chagrin to the Chief of Police."

While the young cast may be the limelight hogging stars of the show, Harbour's character brings a relatable cynicism and world-weariness to his role, so we're hoping to see plenty more of him in the nine confirmed episodes of the second season.