Stranger Things fans are theorizing about young Will Byers’ sexuality and whether or not the character is gay. That’s because in the third episode of the current season, Mike Wheeler (played by Finn Wolfhard) yells at Will, “It’s not my fault you don’t like girls.”
Noah Schnapp (who plays Will) thinks the interaction is less about Will’s sexuality and more about the character’s frustration that his friends are obsessing over girls and no longer want to play Dungeons & Dragons with him.
“It’s really up to interpretation,” Schnapp told The Wrap about whether Mike’s insult reveals Will’s sexual orientation. “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.”
He went on to say:
“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 still wants to be a kid and play in the basement like he did in old times.”
This isn’t the first time Schnapps has felt the need to comment on his character’s sexuality. After Season One premiered he took to Instagram and posted:
“For me, Will being gay or not is besides the point. ‘Stranger Things’ is a show about a bunch of kids who are outsiders and find each other because they have been bullied in some way or are different. Does being sensitive, or a loner, or a teenager who likes photography, or a girl with red hair and big glasses, make you gay? I’m only 12 but I do know we all relate to being different.”
I say we let Will be Will and not worry about a fictional teenager’s theoretical sexuality.