brake alert: This story discusses the plot points of the fourth season of “Weird thingsCurrently streaming on Netflix.
With 16 main characters, at least a dozen new characters, and five major locations — including a prison in Soviet-era Russia and an underground missile silo somewhere in the American West — it’s frankly surprising that The fourth season of Stranger Things He has no time to explore the quiet moments of personal growth. But anyone who traces Will Byers’ journey (Noah SchnappOver the course of the show, I notice that the kid who survives the Upside Down struggles to reconnect with his old buddies from Dungeons and Dragons for reasons that don’t seem to have much to do with his capture by a Demogorgon from an alternate dimension.
Namely, Will appears to be gay and struggles to get out.
This impression only strengthened in the fourth season. In the first episode, Will and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) to give a presentation at their new California high school about the hero they are looking forward to; Will chooses Alan Turing, a gay mathematician who was prosecuted in the 1950s for his sexual orientation and forced to undergo chemical castration. He will also physically hold back from the girl who is showing interest in him. And when he visits Hawkins’ Mike (Fin Wolfhard) in Episode 2 during Spring Break, Will seems sad that Mike has been so unconcerned about him for his girlfriend Eleven.
Later, in Episode 4, when Mike confides in Will that he wishes he had expressed his feelings for Eleven more clearly to her, Will offers insight that could easily apply to anyone who would work up the courage to go out to a best friend.
“Sometimes, I think it’s scary, to open up like that — to say what you really feel, especially to the people you care about the most,” Will says. “Because what if – what if they don’t like the truth?”
In an interview with Schnapp and Brown for diverse, However, Schnapp had a more ambiguous perspective on how the show’s writers, led by creators and executive producers Matt and Ross Duffer, dealt with Will’s sexuality.
“I feel like they never really touched it or say so blatantly how Will you be,” he says. “I think that’s her beauty, it’s only up to the public’s interpretation, if he’s kind of just refusing to grow up and grow slower than his friends, or if he’s really gay.”
At this point, Brown said, “Can I say, it’s 2022 and we don’t have to sort things out.” “I think the really nice thing about Will’s character is that he’s just a human being who goes through his own demons and personal issues. A lot of kids out there don’t know, and that’s okay. It’s okay not to know. And it’s okay not to name things.”
Schnapp agreed. “I find that people get to put a label on it and just want to know, really badly, ‘Oh, that’s it,’ he said. ‘He just gets confused and grows up. That’s what it means to be a kid.”
However, the other members of the “Stranger Things” cast seem to have a more specific view on Will. In a promotional video for Netflix Mexico Spread On May 23, Wolfard and co-stars David Harbor, Winona Ryder, and Caleb McLaughlin were asked about the show’s fan theories, including one that Will and Elvin are in a secret relationship in California, and they’re hiding them from Mike.
“If you’ve been watching the show, you should know that Will is not interested in El,” Harbor said. “He’s interested in someone else in the group.” Later, Harbor added, “Will wants to stay in the basement with Mike playing D&D for the rest of his life.”
Wolfhard also said Will and Eleven’s relationship is “like a brother and sister” and suggested that the public “soon see” who he is “interested in” – “very interested,” Harbor added. But this revelation, if it is to come, does not take place in Vol. 1 of Season 4, which ends with Episode 7. (The last two episodes of “Stranger Things” Season 4, aka Volume 2, For the first time on July 1.)
For their part, Schnapp and Brown say they are happy that Will’s sexuality remained unspecified.
“It’s a great role for Noah to play,” Brown says. “And to be that role model for kids out there who don’t know what they’re going through growing up.”
“Willing is kind of like a zebra in a horse field,” Schnapp adds. “It’s kind of unique. It’s good to see that and show it on ‘Stranger Things’ so that fans can connect with him and connect with him. Because a lot of our viewers are young children at that point in their lives.”