NOTE: This article contains spoilers for Season 4 of Stranger Things. Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) is the boy who started it all. In Season 1, Will is the first person from Hawkins, Indiana to go missing in the Upside Down. In the time since then, Will has not had the easiest childhood. It's safe to say that in the long run, Will is actually "different" in a time and place where it might be killed, and it's abundantly clear why Will has felt very
Will's sexuality has been a hot topic of debate over Stranger Things for years. After a couple of important conversations in Volume 2, Collider's own Steve Weintraub talked to the writing and director of the show about Will's speech to Mike (Finn Wolfhard). To Mike, he discusses Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), but for Will, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) and the audience, it's apparent that he's also talking about himself.
The Duffer Brothers both directed and wrote these final two episodes, and through this scene, they combine a wide spectrum of lenses to create a sense of duality on top of Will's speech. We see Jonathan in the rearview mirror, Mike's oblivious innocence, and Will's utter heartache as he hides his tears from his friend. Finally, we learn from Jonathan's careful and profound care for his younger brother.
"Noah's amazing." Matt Duffer said of the scene, "We shot it half a day from every angle, it was an important scene to get right. "It was, I thought, just incredible in that scene. I also love that scene between him and Charlie, him and his brother, Jonathan."
Matt Duffer said, "It's going to be a big part and focus of Season 5, in his journey." For a number of reasons, Ross Duffer said, "It's bringing us back to Season 1, and we'll see him coming back again. But there's a lot of work to be done, particularly in the case of Will, who has probably made few steps yet. All of that is going to play a big role as we prepare to finish this project next season."
Schnapp has always been one of the most natural, and underrated performers in Season 5, which is an exciting opportunity for long-time viewers. Knowing that Will will be taking center stage again in Season 5 as he enters his own is always a source of hope.
Seasons 1 and 2 of Stranger Things are now available on Netflix.
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