In an interview with TVLine, McHale confirmed that Barry didn’t make it out alive. The interviewer explained that people online weren’t convinced that Barry died after being shot with an arrow, doused in gasoline, set on fire, and collapsing into a pool likely pulsating with electricity from a string of weaponized Christmas lights. McHale said that when he watched “The Naughty List” with friends, they also asked whether or not his character was dead. “I think Barry died,” he said. “It’s ultimately up to Ryan Murphy, though, he can always reverse that if need be.”
While some fans found his final moments unbelievable, others didn’t know if Barry had survived, because his death was the only one left semi-open. Some viewers expressed confusion about which Bro’s dismembered body parts adorned the massive Christmas tree left by the sadistic Santa, though most agreed that it was Zinn’s (Nico Greetham) mistletoe-stuffed head in place of a star. How ironic.