‘Stranger Things’: Will is gay and loves Mike, says Noah Schnapp

Schnapp says the show’s writers “have deliberately pulled it off over the last few seasons.”

It’s official: Will Byers is gay.

In a new interview with Variety, Noah Schnapp revealed that one of the most popular “Stranger Things” fantasy theories circulating on the Internet is true. His character actually has romantic feelings for Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard).

“I mean, it’s pretty clear this season that Will has feelings for Mike,” Schnapp said. “They’ve deliberately pulled it out over the last couple of seasons. Even in season 1, they hinted at it and slowly, slowly grew that story. I think for season 4, it was just me playing that character. , who loves his best friend but who struggles to know if he will be accepted or not, and feel like a mistake and as if he does not belong.Will have always had it that way.All his friends, they all have boyfriends and they all fit into their different clubs. Will has never really found anywhere to fit in. I think that’s why so many people come to me and tell me that they love Will and that they resonate with him so much because it’s such a real character. ”

The fantasy theory of Will’s love for Mike was strengthened after a crucial conversation that the two characters have in a van in season 4. But Schnapp revealed that he did not realize the impact of the scene until he saw the finished product.

“I remember when I was making the scene, I was crying like I was going out all day,” he said. “And when I saw it on screen, it was actually more subtle. I liked how they edited it together. The day was a lot of fun. I just love playing with Will. This scene was really important to him because it really reinforced the truth that he loves his best friend and he does not know how to tell him. ”

Will’s potential homosexuality and feelings for Mike have been the subject of fan speculation for some time, though Schnapp’s remarks are a departure from his earlier comments. The actor previously refused to give fans a definitive answer, saying Will’s sexuality was for interpretation.

“I think it’s the beauty of it that it’s just up to the audience’s interpretation whether it’s Will just refusing to grow up and growing up slower than his friends, or whether he’s really gay,” he said. he. “I find that people reach out to put a label on him and just want to know, so heartily, like, ‘Oh, and that’s it.’ He’s just confused and growing up. And that’s what it’s like to be a child. ”

All episodes of “Stranger Things 4” are now streamed on Netflix.

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