Harbour, who portrayed troubled hero cop Jim Hopper, discussed the thrill and challenges of playing the conflicted character and the enjoyment he got from watching viewers’ perceptions of Hopper change over the course of the first season. But Fallon, a noted Barb fan, refused to let Hopper off the hook for forgetting Barb in the Upside Down.
“The Internet rage over Barb!” Harbour said exasperated. “Shannon [Purser] is amazing, but the character is in like two episodes barely, and the Internet rage at Chief Hopper over not caring about Barb – I’m sorry! I had a little boy I had to save!” And while Harbour did go on to reassure Fallon that the Barb storyline will be addressed in Season Two, he added: “If you think Barb’s coming back, she’s fully dead.”
Harbour also taped a short web exclusive, in which he talked about the retro wonders of the Stranger Things set, like the old Radio Shack, which set designers filled with classic video game consoles. Harbour deconstructed the mythical terror of the Upside Down as well, saying the set is actually “the dorkiest thing you’ve ever seen … Occasionally you’ll see the monster. It’s a guy in a puppet suit getting fans all in his armpits and on his neck cause he’s so hot.”