By now, we all know who the real hero of Netflix’s Stranger Things is: Barb! Shannon Purser’s dowdy, sensible sidekick character may have never gotten her due during the drama’s first season, but it seems the TV Academy agrees with the Internet commentariat—because Purser just scored an Emmy nod for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
Viewers quickly latched onto Barb as a relatable avatar within the sci-fi world of Stranger Things—which might be why they were so steamed by Matt and Ross Duffer’s decision to give the character short shrift after the beginning of the season, virtually ignoring her disappearance (and the eventual discovery of her death) in favor of the search for Will. The Duffers have promised that Season 2 will bring justice for Barb, but now the TV Academy has done them one better.
In total, Stranger Things took home 18 nominations Thursday morning—including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (for Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven), and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (for David Harbour, who played Jim Hopper). In her category, Purser will be up against Alison Wright (The Americans), Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale), Cicely Tyson (How to Get Away with Murder), Ann Dowd (The Leftovers), and Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black). At least it’s not a Demogorgon.
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