Even the people who killed off Barb are obsessed with Barb
According to Ross Duffer, the internet's fascination with the geeky teen girl started in the Stranger Things offices. "We were always talking about Barb and 'what about Barb' and 'poor Barb' -- we talked about it in the writers room almost every day. So it's great to see that people responded in that way. It's so weird that people are using the phrases that we used in the room like a year ago. I think part of it is that usually in these horror movies, it's these very popular girls who take their tops off who get taken. And so there's something particularly tragic about the loner character getting snatched and not making it out of the Upside Down."
Season 2 will address Barb's unceremonious demise
The Duffers loved Barb, but still weren't prepared for her popularity. They've promised that next season, we will learn how the town comes to grips with her death (which was, early on, going to be super gory). "We'll make sure there's some justice for Barb," said Matt Duffer. "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."
The real-life Barb is looking for employment
First-time actress Shannon Purser had to quit her job working at a Georgia movie theater recently because people were coming to gawk. While she loved the attention and friendly fans, the invasion ended up being a little inappropriate for theater employment. Someone hire Barb, please!