The third season of ‘Stranger Things‘ introduced us to the first LGBTQ character in Maya Hawke’s Robin, however, Noah Schnapp‘s character has been brought up with the same idea in mind as well. It was mentioned by Mike at one point in the season to Will Byers that “It’s not my fault you don’t like girls” in the middle of a fight that the two are having. It is never clarified as to if this was from Will being the only one of the party not to be interested in a girl or if he is is gay.
Previously, Schnapp has stated that “For me, Will being gay or not is beside the point. Stranger Things is a show about a bunch of kids who are outsiders and find each other because they have 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.”
With this in mind, the actor went into further detail as he shared:
“All his friends have girlfriends, and they’re out dating, and he just wants to have fun with his friends. You see in episode three, he just wants to play D&D in the basement, and now all of his friends have girlfriends, and they are dating. And it’s kind of when you hear Mike say that line, it’s really up to the audience to interpret it. 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.”
Gay or not, it was quite clear from the outset that Will really just wanted to hang out with his friends over the summer and try to move past the fact that he had previously been host to the Mindflayer and now just wanted to be a normal kid.
Do you feel that Will’s sexuality is essential to representation in the future of ‘Stranger Things’ or do you agree with Schnapp that the show is “about a bunch of kids who are outsiders and find each other because they have bullied in some way or are different”? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: The Wrap