Warning! This article contains spoilers for Stranger Things Season 4 Vol. 1! Read at your own risk!
Will Byers has been a pivotal character since the start of the series, however, people started noticing that his character has been set aside for so many times and for the instance of Stranger Things Season 4 Vol. 1, everyone has seem to have forgotten his birthday that even the creators of the show, the Duffer Brothers, admitted to it.
After being separated for six months, Mike is finally coming to California for spring break where he will finally be with his girlfriend, Eleven, and best friend, Will. They went to a skate park where the bullies of Eleven were and she was subjected to humiliation in the middle of the rink. The video indicates the date: March 22nd.
Throughout Mike’s trip in California, Will was quite aloof. It was noticeable that he felt left out and he said that being the third wheel is not fun at all. However, there might be another reason why he felt that way: it’s his birthday and no one even remembered, not even the creators of the show.
In Stranger Things Season 2 Episode 8, when Will was struggling with the visions from the Mind Flayer, he was tied up and his mother, Joyce Byers, reminded him that the date was March 22nd, his birthday. The fans noticed that it was the same date as when Eleven was humiliated at the skate rink.
In an interview with Variety, the Duffer Brothers were asked whether Will’s birthday being forgotten was intended, Ross asked Matt how to respond, to which he said, "The honest response is, clearly like the characters in the show, we also forgot about Will's birthday. So the debate now is whether we adjust Will's birthday or we just let it be really sad."
Matt added that six years passed since they wrote Season 2 and time had an effect on his memory, “So Ross and I, and my memory's not great, but we love Will, and I don't want people to think we don't love Will because we forgot – we do! But now we mentioned Dustin's birthday this season, so we're being very careful for people not to forget, in case the timelines..."
Ross suggested changing Will’s birthday to May 22nd because not even Joyce Byers remembered his son’s day, “"Of course that would mean his mom forgot his birthday! It's too mean.”Ross apologized to the fans for the mistake, “It was obviously a mistake, and we're sorry. We apologize to the fans." Matt added their apologies to Will as well, "And especially to Will! It's unfair."
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Well, some mistakes are rather forgivable but sometimes, it is possible to shift things around in a better perspective. Will’s character has been left out in Stranger Things Season 4 Vol. 1 and while that would be sad, with this mistake, he could tell everyone that such was the reason why he was feeling alone despite being in a room full of people.
It’s an oversight that could be used as some character development for Will but surely, the Duffer Brothers have it covered by now, especially after the fans’ backlash about it.
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