The real mystery of season 4 seems to be why we don’t get a clear answer about Will’s sexuality — something that has been hinted at since season 1.
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Well, you know, after nearly three years of waiting, Season 4 is Part 4. 1 of Weird things Finally dropped last week.
And while the season answered a lot of questions/theories we had about the show – with amazingly acted but very intense flashback scenes revolving around Eleven’s back story – it also left us with new ones and some that remain unanswered.
One of those questions that remains unanswered: Is Will Gay?
If you’re not familiar with this theory, here’s a quick summary: Will has always been portrayed as very shy, artistic, and sensitive (even before it was taken to the Upside Down). But during the third season, fans started to really speculate that he’s gay and maybe he’s in love with his best friend Mike.
Now, even before Season 3, Will was clearly jealous of the attention Mike gave Eleven. Once the two started dating during season three, Will was clearly annoyed by it.
Will’s gay theories became more intense during season four.
Eagle-eyed fans are aware of the fact that during the first episode, Will’s pick for his famous hero show was Alan Turing. Turing was a British homosexual code-breaker and mathematician who was convicted of “indecent indecency” in 1952 (when homosexuality was against the law in the UK).
Also during this episode, Will rejects a girl in his class who tries to play with him.
Then there is the painting. In her messages during the first episode, Eleven tells Mike that Will is working on a board that he’s declining to offer, but that she suspects it’s a girl.
Will is later seen in Episode Two carrying the painting at the airport when they go to pick up Mike – which seems to imply that the painting was a gift to him. However, after their lukewarm exchange, and Mike was apparently only excited to see Eleven, it appears Will may have changed his mind about giving it to him.
Later in that episode, he’ll constantly try to expose Eleven’s lies about him being friends with Angela – apparently motivated by his jealousy and desire to embarrass her in front of Mike.
Finally, in Episode Five, after the two rekindle their friendship, Mike tells Will he wishes he had done a better job expressing his feelings for Eleven, to which Will replies: “Sometimes, I think it’s scary to open up like that. To say what you feel. Really, especially for the people you care about. Because what if… what if they don’t like the truth?”
While he seems to be giving Mike his thoughts about not opening up more emotionally with Eleven, it’s clear that he’s already talking about his own experience and subtly telling his feelings about not being able to be completely honest about how he feels about Mike.
Fans obviously feel that all of this pretty much confirms Will is gay.
However, in an interview earlier this week with Variety, Noah Schnapp (who plays Will) said he believes his sexuality is intentionally left vague so the audience can make a decision, saying, “I feel like they never touched it or They say blatantly how woe he is. I think that’s the beauty of it, and that it’s only up to the audience’s interpretation, if he’s kind of just refusing to grow up and grow slower than his friends, or if he’s really gay.”
While Mel Bobby Brown added, “Can I say, it’s 2022 and we don’t have to sort things out. I think what’s really nice about Will’s character is that he’s just a human being who goes through his own demons and personal issues. The kids out don’t know, and that’s fine. It’s okay. of not knowing. It’s okay not to classify things.”
With that being said, Noah tweeted last night that he’s charging Will and Mike’s relationship:
Well, a lot of fans of the show weren’t quite excited to hear that Will’s sexuality was for “explanation,” and they had thoughts:
Well, for what it’s worth, yes we’re dealing with a show about monsters and alternate realities, but Will is 15 years old in 1986. While that time period wasn’t a very oppressive time and many gays were out, being gay is still a stigmatized thing. so far. Realistically speaking, Will would likely be shut down – even if he knew without a doubt that he was gay.
And while the argument from fans that asserting a gay will is important to acting – considering the series’ young fan base – is very true, we also have to admit that we get an odd representation from Robin, whose story as a lesbian on the show was still an essential part. of her character. Also, even her character had a build (albeit much shorter) before coming out. But even Robin is in the closet largely because of her age and time period (which, again, is realistic).
In an interview yesterday with Variety, the Duffer brothers, Matt and Ross (the show’s creators) focused on the discussion about Will. When asked if they would handle the matter directly, they replied, “The full story hasn’t materialized yet because we’re already in Episode 7, and that’s what we call the end of Chapter Two. So there’s more decision in the story; we try to do the same with the character arcs. And I would like to I say this applies to Will’s arc. So it would be much easier to talk about everyone – the actors and us – once two episodes have been played. But surely, his journey and arc are far from over.”
So by the sound of their response, I think Will’s sexuality will likely be addressed during the fourth season of the volume. 2 (Coming in July). If we know anything about the Duffer Brothers, it’s that they wouldn’t leave out all these hints if they weren’t building them for something.
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