There’s no doubt about it, according to Noah Schnapp: his beloved “Stranger Things” character Will Byers is in love with his best friend Mike Wheeler (played by Finn Wolfhard).
After telling Variety in March that his character’s sexuality was “up to the audience’s interpretation,” Schnapp clarified what was going on with Will after season four saw him emotional and trying to connect. with Mike even as his old friend was more focused on his girlfriend, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).
“I mean, it’s pretty clear this season that Will has feelings for Mike,” he told Variety in an interview published Thursday. “They intentionally pulled that out over the past few seasons. Even in Season 1 they hinted at this and slowly, slowly developed this story.
“Now it’s 100% clear that he’s gay and he loves Mike,” Schnapp added.
In season four, Will revealed his true feelings for his friend in a conversation where he detailed the reasons why Eleven liked Mike. Although the character never officially labeled his sexuality or told Mike how he felt, Schnapp remembers crying and “doing everything” when he was on set that day.
“I liked the way they put it together. It’s been a really fun day,” he said. “I just love playing with Will. This scene was really important to him because it really reinforced this truth, that he loves his best friend and he doesn’t know how to tell him. »
Throughout this season of “Stranger Things,” viewers have seen Will less focused on monsters like the Mind Flayer and instead grappling with the reality of being a teenager in a new town. In previous seasons, the hard truth of growing up has been central to Will’s storylines, especially as his friends find girlfriends and explore other interests outside of the quartet’s Dungeons and Dragons games.
“All his friends, they all have girlfriends and they all fit in at their different clubs,” Schnapp said. “Will never really found a place to fit in. I think that’s why so many people come up to me and tell me they love Will and they resonate with him so much, because he’s such a real character. »
Because of this, Schnapp had to take a different approach to his character in season four.
“This season was new to me. I had to explore it by navigating its personal identity issues and struggling to grow and assimilate in high school,” Schnapp said. “It was new for me. »