"It’s just up to the audience’s interpretation," Noah Schnapp has said of his character.
There are a lot of unanswered questions and unsolved mysteries in the world of Stranger Things. With two more episodes to go before season four officially comes to an end, fans have one question that they want answered more than any other. And that is, to know if Will Byers is gay. It would make the perfect revelation for Pride Month too. The actors of the show, as well as the creators, have been asked the question about Will's sexuality.
“I feel like they never really address it or blatantly say how Will is,” Noah Schnapp has said of his character. “I think that’s the beauty of it, that it’s just up to the audience’s interpretation, if it’s Will kind of just refusing to grow up and growing up slower than his friends, or if he is really gay.” The Duffer Brothers, the showrunners have assured fans that they will be addressing Will's sexuality by the end of the season. With half a month left for the final two episodes, there is a bit more time left to interpret Will's sexuality based on instances from previous seasons.
There have been some signs, especially in the latest season, that could be interpreted to mean Will is gay.
Ardent fans of the show have read the script of the previous seasons and dissected the minute details. One fan spotted a line that really stands out now, in hindsight. It is the final scene of Season 2 during the Snow Ball. Will is invited to dance by a girl and the script reads: "Will with the Cute Girl, dancing awkwardly. But his eyes aren't on the cute girl. They are on -- -- Mike, who is dancing with Eleven. Their eyes firmly locked." While it may have been a directorial note, as the story progressed, it became an important detail.
also when the girl asks him you can clearly see how uncomfortable he is and he looks at mike before he finally agrees to dance with her pic.twitter.com/jwCk5bntWD— syd ✿ (@petermjbags) February 2, 2020
All of Will's friends start dating in the third season. Mike and El are official as well and there has been a clear shift in the group's dynamics. Will seems to have been left behind by his best friends and it seems clear in his impatience as they discuss their girlfriend problems instead of playing Dungeons and Dragons with him. At one point Will and Mike get into a verbal fight. "You're destroying everything, and for what? So you can swap spit with some stupid girl?" Will demands from Mike who quickly responds by saying, "El's not stupid! It's not my fault you don't like girls." Maybe Mike already knows something we don't.
At the end of Season 3, Joyce takes her kids away from Hawkins along with El, whom she adopts. Mike comes to California over spring break to visit El. Mike is as excited to see Mike as El is. Sure, he is his best friend but something does feel different. Later, in the season when things have gone awry, Will lets Mike know that he was hurt that they did not keep in touch with him but wrote letters only to El. He alludes to the fact that he wished Mike gave him the same importance as he gave his girlfriend.
At another point, Will tells Mike, “Sometimes I think it’s just scary to open up like that, to say how you really feel, especially to people you care about the most because what if they don’t like the truth?” This could very well be interpreted as Will trying to tell Mike that he's scared to come out to him.
In episode one of season four, Will and El are supposed to present about a personality they look up to, in class. El picked Hopper to present about and Will chose to do a presentation about the famous mathematician, Alan Turing. He was known for coming up with an ingenious way to decrypt ciphers generated by Nazi Germany’s Enigma machine. This feat inspired the 2014 movie The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing. He was also gay and was prosecuted for the same despite being a war hero.
In class, Will is seated next to a girl who tries to flirt with him by rubbing her foot on his leg. Will quickly moves his leg away. It could simply mean that Will did not like to be physically touched like that and was repulsed by it. He could also have just been too awkward to respond. On the other hand, he may also not like such attention from girls.
The painting Will had been working on, which he brings with him to the airport when he goes to visit Mike and also when they decide to evade house arrest is probably a key to indicate his sexuality as well. In particular, his feelings for Mike. We will most likely see what is in the painting in Volume II and with that Will's sexuality as well.