The third season of one of our favorite, binge-worthy shows is back with a slew of pollywog- and mind flayer-sized surprises. Stranger Things‘ Noah Schnapp says Will Byers’s sexuality is totally up to interpretation after a line in the third season suggested that his character was gay. The actor got candid about one of the season’s reveals about his character.
Be warned, there are a some minor spoilers ahead. In the third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things, there’s a moment where Will’s best friend Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) alludes to the fact that Will may be gay. “It’s not my fault you don’t like girls,” Mike says to Will. In the scene, Schnapp’sWwill is completely taken aback by the assertion, leading many fans to believe that Mike may have in fact outed Will as gay or as another identity within the LGBTQIA+ community. But the Stranger Things actor has his own interpretation.
“It’s really up to interpretation,” Schnapp told The Wrap in regards to his character’s sexuality. “While all the characters were out developing and growing up, Will was in the Upside Down and he was alone there, not interacting with or connected to his friends or the rest of the world. And when he got back, he expected everything to just go back to how it was before, how it was when he was normal and when he was a kid and he wanted to go back to the basement and play D&D.”
It’s true. Even in the second season of Stranger Things, Will doesn’t exactly make the easiest transition back to the world. Will continues to go for testing to make sure there isn’t anything of the Upside Down left in his system, but later becomes possessed as a new vessel for the Mind Flayer. Being a kid is tough enough, but Will has the supernatural and science fiction to deal with.
But what’s Schnapp’s own opinion on the theory that Will is gay? “I kind of just interpret it like he’s not ready to grow up and he doesn’t really want to move on to dating and relationships yet,” he said. “He still wants to be a kid and play in the basement like he did in old times.” At its core, Stranger Things is about a group of kids who are different, who ban together and save their town in the process. Fans will have to wait until season four, which may be the series’ final installment, to find out more about Will’s character.