Season three had many surprises in store but is Will from Stranger Things gay?
No show in recent memory has mixed comedy, chaos, characterisation and chills as well as the Duffer Brothers' sensational Stranger Things.
The show arrived in 2016 to instant acclaim, but it's season three which fans are heralding as the very best yet. Sure, some of the narrative elements felt a little familiar, but arguably this season amplified every emotion the show has ever made us feel, doubling down on everything that made the previous two seasons great.
There are some real shocks in store, and that's before we even get to discussing that heartbreaking ending. One of them felt far more subtle than the rest, and it's left audiences asking; Is Will gay?
Who plays him?
The Dungeons & Dragons-loving teen provided some heartfelt and emotional scenes this season, and it's from his perspective we see how much the gang has changed.
The character is reprised yet again by the wonderful Noah Schnapp, who has also starred in the likes of Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies.
One of the most hard-hitting and poignant scenes of the third season was his tearing down of Castle Byers; watching him lash out at his childhood in frustration really hit home. The power of the scene stems from his performance, and yet, it's another scene which stands out to us as the most noteworthy.
Is Will from Stranger Things gay?
Dressed in charming wizard attire, Will does his best to bite his tongue and try to make a game of D&D with Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) fun. However, after Mike's continuous sarcasm and disinterest, he throws in the towel and head for the door.
Catching up with him as he heads out of the garage into the rain, Mike apologises but quizzes Will, telling him that they were always bound to get girlfriends and start growing up. However, it's one line which births a curious awkward silence; "It's not my fault you don't like girls".
Will appears speechless, and the comment is swiftly brushed over. Could that mean he's gay? It could have meant that he's simply not interested in dating, but it's his expression which suggests he's been figured out, or perhaps, realising himself for the first time.
The idea is certainly there, and the scene definitely places undeniably emphasis on it. Considering this season's inclusion of LGBTQ characters, it's worth highlighting.
Let's talk about Robin
All the while, fans thought that Robin (Maya Hawke) and Steve (Joe Keery) would end up together at the end of the season. While they're trapped in the base, it pretty much seemed like Robin was admitting her longing for him.
However, Steve later admits his affections for her, only to realise that she was infatuated with the girl that was head over heels for him. Essentially, she's the series' first LGBTQ character, and easily one of the best of the new season.
There have been some great newcomers, but none better than Robin. Her chemistry with Steve, Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Erica (Priah Ferguson) is fantastic, and their dynamic is perhaps the best thing about season three.
We can't wait for more!
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