Will Byers wishes everyone will quit dragging him out of the closet, please. He’s capable of doing it all by himself! Actor Noah Schnapp claims that the Stranger Things character is officially a member of the LGBTQ community. But he’s also head over heels in love with Mike Wheeler, who is an abhorrent choice for a first love.
“It’s 100 percent clear that he is gay and he does love Mike,” Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp told about Will Byers in an interview, adding, “I mean, it’s pretty clear this season that Will has feelings for Mike. [Showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer] been intentionally pulling that out over the past few seasons. Even in season 1, they hinted at that and slowly, slowly grew that storyline. I think for season 4, it was just me playing this character who loves his best friend but struggles with knowing if he’ll be accepted or not, and feeling like a mistake and like he doesn’t belong.”
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Others may find the discovery less therapeutic, despite the fact that many Will fans are excited to finally have their long-held suspicions validated. In the season 4 episode in which Will’s sexuality was largely confirmed? According to many onlookers, it was queerbaiting. That being said, Will’s heart is set on Mike, who has treated him like gum beneath his heel for the past two seasons.
In an interview with Variety, Noah Schnapp addressed the issue at hand. “I think it’s kind of Mike dealing with his own stuff,” he stated. “In season 2, they were best friends and they were so close, and then obviously Mike has all his eyes on Eleven. Will is dealing with a little bit of jealousy there. He just wants his best friend back and wants it to be like what it was in season 1 when they were playing D&D in his basement.” Aren’t we all nostalgic for the days when we were kids, playing D&D in the basement?
The tender moment between Will and his older brother Jonathan, according to the budding actor, was tacked on at the last minute. “So this scene was actually not originally written in the script,” Schnapp described. “It was only until after I did the scene of me in the van, where they saw me crying and the protectiveness that you see with Jonathan looking in the rearview mirror. They were like, we need a scene with that.”
Schnapp believes that Will’s coming-out will happen again, this time on the big screen. “There are so many different things [the Duffers] have to address,” he said. “Obviously, we hope for a coming out scene, and I also want to see them address this connection to the Mind Flayer and how that fits into the world. And I’ve always been wondering, why was Will the first victim and the first one captured?” Stay tuned with us only on Lee Daily