The sexuality of Noah Schnapp’s Stranger Things character Will Byers, a contentious subject among the show’s devotees ever since Season 1, was discussed openly in an interview.
SPOILERS ALERT Noah Schnapp is revealing information about his Stranger Things character Will Byers and validating the widely-discussed Will Byers idea that has been a big issue among the show’s fans since Season 1! No, not about his and Doja Cat’s DMs dispute! According to the 17-year-old actor in an interview with Variety, Stranger Things 4 Vol. 2 was a “different” season and “a new thing.” For the first time, Schnapp had to investigate Will’s “personal identity concerns and suffering with growing up and adapting into high school.”
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The next question focused on Noah’s understanding of Will’s personal journey in Stranger Things 4 Vol. 2, including what it would include and what he would have to face. Noah Schnapp answered this by saying, “Since Will has emotions for Mike [Wheeler, Finn Wolfhard], it is quite obvious that they are romantically involved this season. Over the last several seasons, they have been consciously bringing it out. They made the suggestion early on in Season 1 and the tale developed gradually. For Season 4, I believe it was simply me portraying this guy who loves his best buddy but struggles to know whether he’ll be welcomed or not, and who feels like a mistake and like he doesn’t belong.”
The fact that all of Will’s pals have women and are accepted into their own clubs, in Schnapp’s opinion, is a major factor in why Will has always felt this way. Will, though, has always had a hard time fitting in. People often approach Schnapp to express their affection for his role and how much they connect with Will, and Schnapp thinks this is because Will is “such a genuine character.”
In addition, Byers’ sexuality was always hinted at right from the first season, prior to the dramatic scene in Stranger Things 4 Vol. 2 when Will subtly reveals his unrequited emotions to Mike. Noah Schnapp said this about it: “It was obviously alluded to in Season 1: Was it simply that he was maturing more slowly than his friends? It was always kind of there, but you never really knew. They made it seem really genuine and clear as he has aged. He is homosexual, and he does love Mike, that much is now without a doubt. The arc was sluggish previously, however. I believe it is done so wonderfully because it’s so simple to turn a character queer all of a sudden.”
Noah described how others have approached him, citing a case of a 40-year-old guy in Paris who said to him, “Wow, this Will persona really made me happy. I could really identify to that. In my younger years, I was just like that.” They are writing this genuine character, this real journey, and this real battle, and they’re doing it so brilliantly, Schnapp said after being “very delighted” to hear such wonderful comments.
We can all agree that Will Byers is a great superstar!
What did you think of Will Byers’ overall plot, as well as Noah Schnapp’s endearing portrayal in Stranger Things 4 Vol. 2? Especially that heartbreaking scene when he tells Mike Wheeler about his thoughts, which was nothing short of a tearjerker? In Stranger Things 5, which ushers in the series’ conclusion, what are your hopes for the future development of Will Byers? In the space below, please provide your unique opinions and wackiest hypotheses for Cover Hollywood.
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