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Stranger Things: Will Byers actor Noah Schnapp confirms his character’s sexuality for the first time

Stranger Things spoilers are coming.

If you haven’t already watched the epic finale of stranger things season 4, so frankly, why are you reading this? Get yourself on Netflix, stat!

The long-awaited Volume 2 Season 4 was released on July 1 and saw Eleven take on the villainous Vecna, who is bent on destroying Hawkins and taking over the world.

That said, the internet is also lit by a conversation about a certain scene between Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) and Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard). Fans believe this confirms speculation that Will is gay.

In an interview with Variety, Schnapp waded into the debate. “It was always kinda there, but you never really knew it, is it just that he’s growing slower than his friends?” he said. “Now that he’s aged, they’ve made it a very real and obvious thing. Now it’s 100% clear that he’s gay and loves Mike. But before, it was a slow arc. I think it’s done so well, because it’s so easy to make a character suddenly turn gay.

Schnapp explained the slow build to that inevitable climax and reveal, assuring us that it was the plan all along for the storyline to be a slow burn.

“I mean, it’s pretty clear this season that Will has feelings for Mike. They’ve intentionally pulled that off for the last few seasons,” he said. this and have slowly, slowly developed this story. I think for season 4 it was just me playing this character who loves his best friend but struggles with whether he’ll be accepted or not, and feeling like a mistake and like he doesn’t did not belong. Will always felt that way.

stranger things has long hinted that Will might be gay and struggles with dating after developing feelings for Mike. In the Season 4 premiere, we see Will angry at Mike for not keeping in touch after moving to California; then in another scene, Will is visibly uncomfortable when a girl flirts with him in class, during which he does a project on Alan Turing (the computer scientist who cracked a number of German codes during the war and was prosecuted in 1952 for being gay).

But the biggest clue comes from Episode 8, where Will and Mike talk about Eleven in the back of Argyle’s pizza van. Mike worries that Eleven doesn’t need him, and as Will begins to comfort Mike, it seems he’s actually talking about his own feelings.

“I remember when I was doing the scene, I was screaming, like, going out all day,” Schnapp described. “And when I saw it on screen, it was actually more subtle. I liked how they edited it together. It was a really fun day. I love playing with Will.

“That scene was really important to him because it really reinforced that truth, that he loves his best friend and he doesn’t know how to tell him.”

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