In the American science fiction horror drama television series Stranger Things, William “Will” Byers is a fictional character. Noah Schnapp plays the role, which originally debuts in the first season as a recurrent character before being elevated to the main cast in the second.
In August 2015, Noah Schnapp received the role of Will Byers. In October 2016, Schnapp, who had appeared in the first season just briefly, was elevated to series regular for the subsequent season.
By February 9, 2018, it was known that Schnapp would play a major part in the third season’s return. 1980s movies like Poltergeist served as inspiration for the concept of Will communicating with Joyce through lightbulbs.
In terms of the storyline for the third season, Levy stated that the season would focus less on Will, adding, “We’re not going to put Will through hell for a third season in a row. Despite dealing with issues, he won’t be in a dire situation. New powers of evil that we’ll have to contend with will be present.
Is Will Byers Gay?
Will had an emotional talk with Mike, but he didn’t express his sentiments out loud. Instead, he had a great heart-to-heart with his brother Jonathan, who overheard and seemed to grasp the true significance of the exchange.
When Will shows Mike his painting in episode 9, he hides his true love for Mike by chatting about El before breaking down in tears.
Later in the episode, Jonathan, who had noticed his breakdown, took him aside and assured him that he would always be there for him. He said: “I don’t want you to forget that I’m here and I’ll always be here no matter what because you’re my brother and I love you and there is nothing in this world, okay? Nothing in this world, not even a single thing, will ever change that. Did you get that?
Some viewers found the manner in the episode ultimately addressed Will’s sexuality to be “vague” and “disappointing,” and they weren’t really pleased with it. Many people believed that Will ought to have told his brother the truth directly.
Noah Schnapp Discloses His Character’s Sexual Orientation
Fans of Stranger Things 4 Believe that Will Byers Is Gay and In Love with Mike, and Noah Schnapp Has Now Responded to The Rumours.
Fans have conjectured that Will may be gay ever since the Netflix series Stranger Things premiered in 2016. Before going missing in season 1, according to Joyce, Will was bullied. He is a sensitive youngster, she continues. The former Lonnie claimed to be gay. The subject of Will’s sexual orientation is never brought up again, but various episodes in seasons 2 and 3 have given fans reason to suspect Will is homosexual.
In Stranger Things 3, Will confronts Mike about his destructive behaviour and asks, “You’re destroying everything, and for what? So you can spit exchange with a dumb girl?” El is not foolish, Mike then replies. Your disinterest in women is not my fault. It’s not obvious if Mike is indicating that Will is gay or merely making a point about the fact that Will doesn’t have a partner, but many of his followers believe he is.
In Stranger Things 4, there seem to be even more indications that Will might be queer and harbour feelings for Mike. Now, Noah Schnapp and Millie Bobby Brown have discussed Will’s sexuality and if he is gay in a brand-new interview.
There are several easter eggs that seem to hint that Will is gay in Stranger Things 4. Fans have noticed that he gives a presentation on famous gay mathematician Alan Turing for a school assignment, and he reacts horrifiedly in the first episode when a girl tries to flirt with him. He seems to be jealous of Mike’s love for El and looks to be genuinely in love with Mike beyond all else.
When Will and Mike have a heart-to-heart in episode 5, Will says: “Sometimes I think it’s just hard to open up like that, to explain how you truly feel, especially to those you care about the most…because what if they don’t like the truth?” The fact that Will is afraid to tell Mike he loves him because of his sexuality has led many people to interpret this as a reference to Will’s sexuality.
Even though Will never directly addresses his sexuality, there are more signs in Stranger Things 4, Vol. 2 when he confides in Mike.
Now that the theories have been addressed, Noah Noah expressed his concerns to Variety in the following way: “I feel like they never really confront it or outright state how Will is. The appeal, in my opinion, lies in the audience’s ability to decide whether Will is indeed gay or simply kind of refusing to mature and maturing more slowly than his pals.
It’s 2022, and we don’t need to label anything, Millie Bobby Brown continued. The wonderful thing about Will’s character, in my opinion, is that he is a real person who is dealing with his own struggles and problems. There are so many children that don’t know, and that’s okay. Being ignorant is acceptable. Also acceptable is not labelling anything.
“I find that people do reach to place a label on him and just want to know, so badly, like, ‘Oh, and this is it,'” Noah added in agreement with Millie. Simply put, he’s growing up and bewildered. Being a child is like that.
Others on the Stranger Things cast and crew have been blunter about Will’s sexuality, in contrast to Noah and Millie who have been careful to avoid labelling it. Shawn Levy, the executive producer of Stranger Things, commented on the claims that Will is gay in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Without getting into where we go later in season 4, I’ll just say that there aren’t many accidents on Stranger Things,” he said.
“Each character has been given serious consideration, as well as clear intention, method, and strategy,” Shawn concluded. Therefore, it is probably not a coincidence that you felt the plot and character breadcrumbs from Volume 1 after reading it.
As of late, Will is reportedly in love with Mike, according to both David Harbour and Finn Wolfhard. David and Finn talk about a notion that predicts Eleven and Will will start dating in a video for Netflix Latinoamérica, and they promptly dismiss it.
“If you’ve been following the show, you should know that Will isn’t interested in El,” David claims. Another member in the group has his attention. You’ll quickly find out who he’s interested in, says Finn, who also agrees. He’s really interested, David continues, adding.
When David says, “Will wants to be in the basement with Mike playing D&D for the rest of his life,” Finn responds, “Exactly, and he’s said that,” and they continue by debating if Will and Eleven have a brother-sister relationship.