Stranger Things is undoubtedly one of the best shows of this year (although Westworld might just be vying for that title), yet there has been a lot of speculation on Will’s sexuality.
This seems a little strange to me, given the young age of the stars, and the lack of sexuality as a theme in the show, but this is the internet after all. The actor who plays Will, Noah Schnapp, seems to agree with me here as he wrote a lengthy post on Instagram saying how his character’s sexuality is not important.
“So I thought it would be time to jump into the conversation. I’ve been reading stuff for a while. I think everyone here is missing the point. An author called Gary Schmidt came to speak at our school this week and he said that good stories aren’t supposed to leave you with answers because then you never question yourself and you forget about it. A good book, or a good show leaves a lot of unanswered questions but makes you think.”
“Which is what you are all doing. For me, Will being gay or not is besides the point. Stranger Things is a show about a bunch of kids who are outsiders and find each other because they have been bullied in some way or are different.”
“Does being sensitive, or a loner, or a teenager who likes photography, or a girl with red hair and big glasses, make you gay? I’m only 12 but I do know we all relate to being different. And that’s why I think the Duffers wrote the show the way they did. So you can ask all these questions. I hope the real answer never comes out!”
Well said, Noah. Even though being treated as “other” for being different is a theme in the show (and sexuality is definitely something that can cause this, sad to say) I hope that sexuality remains an undercurrent rather than a main theme of the show.