Stranger Things season 4 volume 2 to address Will Byers’ sexuality
For a few seasons now, Will Byers’ sexuality has been a popular talking point among fans of Stranger Things. Series creators Matt and Ross Duffer recently confirmed the topic would be addressed in Stranger Things season 4 volume 2.
Fans first started to wonder if Will might be part of the LGBTQIA+ community in his second season (his first real season on-screen, considering he spent the majority of season 1 stuck in the Upside Down). He’s one of the only characters on the show to never have a love interest and, unlike his best friends Mike, Dustin and Lucas, Will has never had a girlfriend.
The “Will is gay” theories only grew after the premiere of Stranger Things season 4 volume 1 where Will’s attitude toward Mike implied he had a crush on his long-time pal. The cast has also teased the possibility of a love triangle between Mike, Will and Eleven.
Stranger Things: Is Will Byers gay?
Will is still figuring out his sexuality and has not yet labeled himself, but the show has heavily hinted at him being something other than straight. In an interview with Variety, Will’s actor, Noah Schnapp, talked about his character’s orientation and said he felt it was “up to the audience’s interpretation.”
I feel like they never really address it or blatantly say how Will is. I think that’s the beauty of it, that it’s just up to the audience’s interpretation, if it’s Will kind of just refusing to grow up and growing up slower than his friends, or if he is really gay.
Understandably, fans were frustrated by that kind of non-answer, which feels similar to the way Disney has handled their gay characters over the years—essentially with blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments or throwaway one-liners that maybe hint at something more.
But I feel like we can cut the Duffer Brothers a little bit of slack, as they did introduce an actual lesbian character last season with the introduction of Robin. Robin isn’t “out” yet, but she has discussed her sexuality in more blatant terms than Will has, so it’s not like the show is completely without gay representation.
What can we expect from Will Byers in Stranger Things season 4 volume 2?
While chatting with TVLine, the Duffer Brothers said they would not confirm if Schnapp’s character is gay just yet since the entire season has not been released, but assured fans that if they watch the final two episodes of Stranger Things season 4, they will get answers one way or another. I’m assuming we’ll finally find out what Will painted for Mike in volume 2 and perhaps that will give us our biggest clue yet!
Here’s what Ross Duffer said on the matter:
We have story arcs and we have character arcs. How we structured [the season], we’ve released the first two acts of this story. The final act, which is the last two episodes, resolves a lot of things, both character and story, and then some of it is also setting up for our final season.
Stranger Things season 4 volume 2 will release on July 1. The first half of the latest season is available now on Netflix.