The second volume of ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 finally answered one question that has puzzled viewers since the beginning of the show- Is Will Byers, the introverted bowl-cut teenager, gay?
Before we give away the answer, let us revisit the events that have transpired on the show and have given us a peek into Will’s sexuality.
In the third season, Will, played by Noah Schnapp, snapped at Mike Wheeler for spending a lot of time with Eleven. This resulted in a fight between the duo, and hinted that Will was definitely feeling a lot more than just FOMO.
The makers also revealed Robin’s sexuality in the third season, suggesting that there could be more LGBTQ+ characters on the show. Finally, there was the first volume of Season 4, which gave away a few clues as well.
However, things finally began falling into place in the second volume, which dropped on July 1. (Spoilers ahead)
In the eighth episode of ‘Stranger Things’ season 4 volume 2, Mike shared his doubts with Will that Eleven is probably in love with him. This gave Will the perfect opportunity to swoop right in and confess his true feelings.
Will also revealed his mysterious artwork, which displayed a group of knights, led by Mike, fighting a dragon. Will then went on to describe Mike as the heart of the group, and then said, “When you’re different, sometimes you feel like a mistake. But you make her feel like she’s not a mistake at all. Like she’s (Eleven) better for being different and that gives her the courage to fight on.”
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His words demonstrated that he felt the same way about Mike, who later concluded the conversation, totally unaware of Will’s true feelings. Finally, Will was left with teary eyes, peeking out the window of a car.
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While ‘Stranger Things‘ did not blatantly call him gay, this scene is the closest that the show has come to confirming Will’s sexuality. The only question that remains unanswered now, is how this storyline will play out in the final season.