After months of anticipation, the long-awaited fourth season of Stranger Things finally premiered on Netflix. Aside from the show zeroing on the Hawkins crew and their conflict with the Upside Down, the season also intends to conclude each core character's arc, including Noah Schnapp's Will Byers. However, Volume 1 foreshadows a revelation about Will's sexuality that fans extremely want to divulge.
In a recent interview with Variety, Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp weighs in on Will's presumed sexuality. “I feel like they never really address it or blatantly say how Will is,” Schnapp says. “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.”
Millie Bobby Brown, who's beside Schnapp during the interview chimed in, “Can I just say, it’s 2022 and we don’t have to label things,” Brown said. “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.”
“I find that people do reach to put a label on him and just want to know, so badly, like, ‘Oh, and this is it, He’s just confused and growing up. And that’s what it is to be a kid," Schnapp concluded.
Stranger Things Season 4's tiny hints about Will's sexuality might have confused the fans. However, Will's character arc doesn't revolve around his sexuality alone. After being kidnapped by a Demogorgon in the very first season, going through PTSD, and helping his friends the entire show, there's definitely something more to explore about Will's character, especially with how Volume 1 didn't place much spotlight on the character.
Although Volume 1 didn't much dive into Will's character arc development, for now, we'll have to wait for Season 4's Volume 2 and unravel what will happen to Noah Schnapp's Will and the rest of the Hawkins crew.
Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 1 is now available to stream on Netflix, while Volume 2 will premiere on July 1.