Will Byers Went Missing 40 Years Ago In Netflix's Stranger Things

Today marks 40 years since Will Byers' disappearance in "Stranger Things." Fans celebrate this milestone on 'Stranger Things Day,' while the series approaches its conclusion.

Will Byers

It's been four decades since Will Byers disappeared in the show "Stranger Things." Today, on November 6, 2023, we commemorate the 40th anniversary of his mysterious vanishing.

This day holds even more significance as it's celebrated as 'Stranger Things Day.' It's an annual event where the creators of the popular Netflix series virtually connect with fans from all around the world to honor the show's legacy.

For fans of the series, it's well-known that "Stranger Things" is set in the 1980s. The era is evident through the fashion, hairstyles, and outdated technology that the characters interact with. Fortunately, the '80s were devoid of the supernatural perils and the upside-down world that the characters encounter in the show.

Will Byers, however, had a different experience. On November 6, 1983, he was abducted and thrust into the eerie realm known as the upside-down. His friends embarked on a quest to rescue him, while he grappled with the sinister forces in this parallel dimension.

Noah Schnapp, who portrayed Will Byers, was just 12 years old when he first took on this iconic role.

Will Byers
Will Byers

The series doesn't reveal all the details of Will's abduction, leaving fans craving more. Fortunately, the Stranger Things comic miniseries sheds light on the events that unfolded during his disappearance.

The comics depict Will's valiant efforts to escape from the Demogorgon and his courageous confrontation with it, even wielding a hunting rifle. Despite his bravery, he was still transported to the perilous upside-down, a nightmarish mirror of his own world.

In this grim alternate reality, he had to survive for a week, while his friends Dustin, Mike, and Lucas relied on their knowledge of Dungeons and Dragons to decipher the mysteries surrounding his disappearance. Simultaneously, Will's mother, Joyce, was unwavering in her determination to locate her missing son.

Will's disappearance marked just the beginning of the Stranger Things saga, which has become a cultural phenomenon. Although it's been only seven years since the show's debut, it feels like it has been part of our lives for much longer.

The series faced its own challenges, including the impact of a global pandemic, production delays, and the aging of the cast, whose characters remain locked in a fixed timeline. Despite these obstacles, the show is now approaching its conclusion with the impending release of its fifth and final season.

Unfortunately, filming is currently on hold due to an ongoing Hollywood actor's strike, which has left fans with uncertainty regarding the release date of season five. Just as Will Byers waits in the upside-down, fans eagerly anticipate the moment when they can reunite with the familiar faces of his friends on their screens.