‘Stranger Things’ Star Noah Schnapp Confirms Major Fan Theory About Will and Mike

As “very strange things“Getting ready for his fifth and final season, actor Noah Schnapp hints that fans can expect one of these upcoming episodes to feature a coming-out scene.

In an interview with variety published on Thursday, Schnapp confirmed that his character is on Netflix Will Byers is gay and has feelings for his friend Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard).

“Obviously it was hinted at in the first season: it’s always been like that, but you never knew, it’s just that he grew up more slowly than his friends?” the actor said. “Now that he’s older, they’ve made it very real, obvious. It is now 100% clear that he is gay and loves Mike. But before it was a slow arc.”

Willa sexuality was subject intense fan speculation since the first season of Stranger Things debuted to great success on Netflix in 2016. This discourse intensified after the third episode of the 3rd season, in which emotional scene in which Mike tells Will “It’s not my fault you don’t like girls!”

Noah Schnapp (left) and Finn Wolfhard from "Weird things."
Noah Schnapp (left) and Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things.

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At the time, Schnapp remained modest on the issue.

“When you hear Mike say that line, the interpretation really depends on the audience.” he told The Wrap in 2019. “I’m kind of just interpreting this as if he’s not ready to grow up and doesn’t really want to move on to dating and relationships just yet. He still wants to be a kid and play in the basement like in the old days.”

Looking back Schnapp tells variety that he was “kind of figuring it out with the audience” and was unsure of where the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, “wanted to go” with his character at the time.

“I think it’s done so beautifully because it’s so easy to make a character who suddenly becomes gay,” he said on Thursday. “They’re writing this real character, this real journey and this real struggle, and they’re really good at it.”

While a release date for the fifth season of Stranger Things has yet to be announced, the Duffer Brothers teased plans for a time jump for the last episode of the series. This narrative device will allow them to bridge the age gap that Schnapp and his co-stars currently have with their characters.

Although Schnapp has been tight-lipped about the specifics of the upcoming episodes, he said the Duffer Brothers “have an end goal” that includes giving Will more opportunities to express his true self.

“Obviously, we are hoping for a coming out… I just want to see how everything connects and everything works out,” he said. “So I’m excited to see what happens.”