'Stranger Things' Season 2 Plot: Barb's Death Part Of Chief Hopper's New Cover-Up

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Entertainment Weekly has a new feature about Stranger Things Season 2. It’s light on any shocking new reveals, but one aspect of the Season 2 plot leaps out: Chief Hopper will be covering up the death of Barb.

“Meanwhile, Hopper (David Harbour) is attempting to keep all the events of last season, like the disappearance of Barb, a secret in order to protect Joyce and the kids,” EW writes.

“It kind of falls on Hopper to be the voice of authority to say, ‘This did happen and this didn’t happen,’” Harbour says. “He’s struggling with the compromise that takes him to, having to lie and cover things up.”

It seems there will be no justice for Barb. Instead, Hopper, one of the Stranger Things good guys, will participate in a cover-up of his own. What does this say about Chief Hopper that he’s willing to cover up the truth of a high schooler’s death?

Beyond what this means for Hopper, it indicates something a bit disappointing about Stranger Things Season 2.

The Super Bowl trailer for Stranger Things Season 2 promised “the world is turning upside down” and ends on a giant sky beastie. After dozens of people watched a town get torn apart by government agents, psychic kids and alternate-dimensional monsters it seemed there’d be no stuffing that cat back in the bag. But instead it looks like Stranger Things Season 2 will continue keeping it small and secret, at least for a little while.

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