As “Stranger Things” gears up for its fifth and remaining season, actor Noah Schnapp is hinting that followers can anticipate a kind of forthcoming episodes to incorporate a coming-out scene.
In an interview with Variety revealed Thursday, Schnapp confirmed that his character on the Netflix horror smash, Will Byers, is homosexual and has emotions for his pal, Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard).
“Obviously, it was hinted at in Season 1: It was always kind of there, but you never really knew, is it just him growing up slower than his friends?” the actor stated. “Now that he’s gotten older, they made it a very real, obvious thing. Now it’s 100% clear that he is gay and he does love Mike. But before, it was a slow arc.”
Will’s sexuality has been the topic of intense fan speculation because the first season of “Stranger Things” debuted to nice acclaim on Netflix in 2016. That discourse intensified after the third episode of Season 3, which featured an emotional scene during which Mike tells Will, “It’s not my fault you don’t like girls!”
At the time, Schnapp remained coy on the topic.
“When you hear Mike say that line, it’s really up to the audience to interpret it,” he told The Wrap in 2019. “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.”
In hindsight, Schnapp tells Variety that he was “kind of figuring it out along with the audience,” and wasn’t positive of the place the present’s creators, the Duffer brothers, “wanted to go with” his character on the time.
“I think it is done so beautifully, because it’s so easy to make a character just like all of a sudden be gay,” he stated Thursday. “They are writing this real character and this real journey and real struggle and they’re doing it so well.”
Though a launch date for Season 5 of “Stranger Things” has not but been introduced, the Duffer Brothers have teased plans for a time jump for the sequence’ remaining spate of episodes. This narrative machine will enable them to deal with the age hole Schnapp and his castmates now have with their characters.
Though Schnapp was tight-lipped so far as the specifics of any forthcoming episodes, he stated that the Duffer Brothers “have their end goal,” which incorporates giving Will extra alternatives to specific his true self.
“Obviously, we hope for a coming out scene … I just want to see it all tie in and all work out,” he stated. “So I’m excited to see what happens.”