Stranger Things Stars Explain the Show's Approach to Will’s Sexuality
Stranger Things stars Noah Schnapp and Millie Bobby Brown recently explained Season 4's approach to Will Byers' sexuality.
Schnapp and Brown opened up about why the Netflix sci-fi/horror series' latest season doesn't explicitly confirm Will's sexual orientation, in an interview with Variety. "I feel like [Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer] never really address [Will's sexuality] or blatantly say how Will is," Schapp said. "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."
"Can I just say, it’s 2022 and we don’t have to label things," Brown added. "I think what’s really nice about Will’s character is that he’s just a human being going through his own personal demons and issues. So many kids out there don’t know, and that’s OK. That’s OK to not know. And that’s OK not to label things." Schnapp, who plays Will in the series, went on to say that the character's undefined sexuality reflects the confusion of growing up.
While some fans remain focused on the question of Will's sexual orientation, the majority are likely fixated on the supernatural threats currently menacing him and the other kids from Hawkins. The end of Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 1 includes a hidden teaser for Volume 2 that features ominous new footage of Season 4 antagonist Vecna and the nightmarish Upside Down dimension. Together, these clips hint that a climactic showdown could be on the cards when Stranger Things returns to screens in July.
Only one more season of Stranger Things will air after Season 4, Volume 2 drops, and it seems that many of the show's cast members are already preparing themselves for the end. David Harbour even confirmed he knows the final fate of Jim Hopper, which Matt and Ross Duffer revealed to him ahead of time. Harbour remained tight-lipped about whether Hopper will live or die, saying only that the conclusion to the Hawkins police chief's character arc is "quite moving, and quite beautiful."
The Duffers have also hinted that a Stranger Things spinoff could follow Season 5, although Netflix is yet to green light the project. The streamer apparently doesn't even know the potential spinoff's premise, which the Duffers say only star Finn Wolfhard has correctly guessed.
The first three seasons and every episode in Volume 1 of Stranger Things Season 4 are currently streaming on Netflix. The final two episodes in Volume 2 will arrive on July 1.