Viewers have long wondered if Will Byers is gay in Stranger Things, and now Season 4 Volume 2 essentially confirms his sexuality and who he loves.
Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Weird stuff season 4, part 2!
The answer to whether Will Byers is gay or not has seemingly arrived Weird stuff season 4, volume 2. Over the course of the story of Netflix’s popular fantasy show, viewers have become increasingly interested in Will’s sexuality. After becoming the target of the Mind Flayer in Season 1, the socially awkward Hawkins teen returned to his friends to find out how different the group dynamics had become. This was especially evident in Weird stuff season 3 when Will (Noah Schnapp) became frustrated because Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) was spending so much time with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).
Ever since Will and Mike fought, viewers have wondered if Will is gay in Weird stuff† The discussion continued into Season 4, with many fans hoping that this would be the moment when the show explicitly confirms what has long been suspected. While there was never any confirmation that this would happen, Weird stuff‘ history with LGBTQ+ characters gave hope to those waiting for such a Will reveal. After confirming that Robin (Maya Hawke) is a lesbian in Season 3, her hopeful love life took on a bigger role in Weird stuff season 4. The first part of the episodes also contained a few hints that Will might be gay.
With Netflix showing the last two episodes of Weird stuff season 4, volume 2, most viewers are focused on how Eleven and the rest of the characters beat Vecna, as well as the mass deaths of characters in the finale. In addition, after they were completely absent from the Weird stuff season 4 volume 1 finale, the character group featuring Will, Mike, Jonathan and Argyle returned in part 2. This is where the confirmation that Will Byers is gay in Weird stuff finally arrived.
Stranger Things 4, Volume 2 basically confirms Will is gay (and loves Mike)
Yes, Will Byers is gay in Weird stuff† He does not formally come out as gay during Weird stuff season 4, volume 2, but the show basically confirms it’s true while also confirming that he loves Mike. The biggest plague comes a few minutes into Episode 8 as part of a conversation between Will and Mike in the back of Argyle’s pizza truck. Mike tells Will about his doubts that Eleven loves him and will need him, which gives the socially awkward Will a chance to essentially confess his feelings for Mike as a way of explaining why Eleven cares about him and that he doesn’t care. stupid nerd.
Will debuts his painting, which was one of the mysteries of Weird stuff season 4, volume 1. The artwork depicts a group of knights fighting a three-headed dragon and shows Mike as the leader of the group. Will repeatedly calls Mike the heart of the group, and while Will talks about how hard it has been for Eleven in California since she was different, it’s pretty clear that Will is also talking about his own experiences and feelings of missing Mike.
Will then says:When you’re different, sometimes you feel like a mistake. But you make her feel like she’s not a mistake at all. Like she’s better because she’s different and that gives her the courage to fight on‘, and his emotions show that he feels that way too. The heartache for Will right now, however, is that his understanding of his own feelings for Mike is completely lost with his best friend. Mike leaves the conversation with the reassuring feeling that he and Eleven will not break up.
Meanwhile, Will tries to hold back his tears as he looks out the car window. It’s closest to Weird stuff has come to confirm that Will Byers is gay. Viewers will probably pick up on this as will Jonathan, leading to some good heartfelt conversation between the brothers in the finale. Jonathan makes it clear to Will that nothing will change the fact that he loves him. Neither one has to say that Will is gay or in love with Mike, but there’s a sense that they both know these things are true.
What does being gay mean for Stranger Things season 5?
That Weird stuff In fact, having confirmed that Will Byers is gay, the question arises as to how this will affect Season 5. Weird stuff Season 4, Volume 2’s ending positions Will will play a major role in the show’s final season, as his ability to sense Vecna/The Mind Flayer and what the villain feels will be incredibly valuable. While that will probably take up a big chunk of Will’s storyline in Weird stuff season 5, it would be disappointing if this went as far as the show with its sexuality.
Romance will still be in the air thanks to Eleven and Mike, Joyce and Hopper, the likely love triangle of Nancy, Jonathan and Steve, and Lucas and Max potentially rekindling their feelings. With all these relationships in play, Weird stuff season 5 failing to develop Will as a gay character would be a shame. The best-case scenario could be Will officially come out as gay to Mike and his friends next season. But could the series take things further and get Mike to reciprocate those feelings? They were last seen side by side in the Weird stuff season 4, volume 2 finale, so their continued closeness could grow into something more.
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