Stranger Things Stars Address Speculation Will Byers is Gay

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In Stranger Things Season 3, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) storms out of a D&D session as Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) and Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin) won't stop talking about their breakups. During their confrontation, Mike says, “It’s not my fault you don’t like girls," leading to speculation the character might be gay. Schnapp and Wolfhard have now addressed that speculation.

“It’s really up to interpretation,” Schnapp told TheWrap. “While all the characters were out developing and growing up, Will was in the Upside Down and he was alone there, not interacting with or connected to his friends or the rest of the world. And when he got back, he expected everything to just go back to how it was before, how it was when he was normal and when he was a kid and he wanted to go back to the basement and play D&D.”

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“All his friends have girlfriends and they’re out dating, and he just wants to have fun with his friends,” he added. “You see in Episode 3, 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.”

Wolfhard told The Hollywood Reporter something similar, saying, “There were a lot of different versions of that scene. We tried, ‘It’s not my fault you don’t like girls yet.’ I don’t even know if it had to do with Will’s sexuality; I think Mike was just mad... It’s all up to the Duffers and what they want to do.”

Created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Priah Ferguson, Cary Elwes, Jake Busey and Maya Thurman-Hawke.

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