Stranger Things 3 was full of firsts, including the introduction of the first gay character, Robin, played by Maya Hawke.
But is she the only character who identifies as a part of the LGBTQ+ community? Fans have been speculating that Will Byers is also gay, predominantly based on a scene in the third season. It seems his sexuality is just up for fans' interpretation, but a bit of information has clued us in on the original plans for the character.
ScreenRant reports that the creators of the show, the Duffer Brothers, recently released their original notes for the show in the Stranger Things series bible, in which they explain their first planned thoughts.
The original description of Will, played by Noah Schnapp, reveals their ideas about Will's sexuality, reading:
“WILL BYERS, twelve, is a sweet, sensitive kid with sexual identity issues. He only recently came to the realization that he does not fit into 1980s definition of 'normal.' His innocent choices, such as his colorful clothes, prove a constant source of bullying. Like Mike, Will escapes through fantasy gaming, where he can be himself, uninhibited.”
Will’s sexual identity has been a major topic of conversation since Season 3 was released. As fans know, in one of the episodes, Mike and Will argue about Mike spending so much time with his girlfriend, Eleven. Mike snaps, “It’s not my fault you don’t like girls!” This statement clearly affects Will, but it's unclear if it's because of his struggle with his sexuality, or just merely his apprehension to growing up.
As the series continues into Season 4 (hopefully) and the Hawkins gang continues to age, Will’s sexuality will likely become clearer. As we saw in Season 3, this reveal could be an excellent opportunity to get to know these beloved characters even more, as well as depict the struggles of being a LGBTQ+ youth in the 1980s.