Stranger Things' Barb is totally up for a flashback

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From Digital Spy

Have we absolutely seen the last of Stranger Things' beloved Barb? Not if actress Shannon Purser gets her way.

Fans of the '80s-tastic Netflix series took Purser's character to their hearts last year and were left devastated when she was gruesomely killed off.

But, speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, Purser said that a flashback featuring Barb "would be so much fun" – are you listening, Duffer Brothers?

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"I am so grateful to the Stranger Things team and to the Duffer brothers," Purser said. "I think without that chance to play Barb, a lot of new opportunities would have been a lot harder to come by. I would love to somehow still be a part of that universe."

Barb is definitely staying dead, though, so we might have to wait until season 3 for another appearance from Pursuer – unless she's already filmed a sneaky cameo in season 2 (launching October 27 on Netflix).

Stranger Things fans have been campaigning for #Justice4Barb ever since her unfortunate demise, and the character's popularity – which culminated in Purser scoring an Emmy nomination – took the actress totally by surprise.

"It's amazing, I couldn't have expected that at all," she said. "I knew that the show would do well because the script was so great, and all the cast were incredibly talented. But I didn't quite know the show would become the phenomenon that it did.

"When people started paying attention to Barb, I was so surprised, because in a way she was just written to be a throwaway character. So it was really fascinating to see all these people who were angry and wanted justice for her. I appreciated it!"

The secret to the character's success? Purser thinks it's that "everybody has felt different or weird, or like an outcast" at some point in their lives.

"I think that one of the hashtags that spawned the whole movement was #WeAreAllBarb and I think that's true in a lot of ways. I think people really wanted to see her be OK... which obviously didn't work out!"

Next up, you can see Purser starring in supernatural horror movie Wish Upon where she plays June, a teenager whose best friend messes with a cursed Chinese box which grants her wishes at a terrible price.

"I've always loved scary movies, there's something so fun about being on the edge of your seat in your own home," she said. "It was so much fun. It's funny because it's a scary, serious at times, film, but we goofed off the whole time."

Wish Upon opens July 28.

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