Stranger Things' Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) was at the center of the Netflix mystery when he disappeared into the Upside Down, but fans and critics have placed the character in another one: if the young character is supposed to be read as gay.
The Advocate's Daniel Reynolds wrote a popular essay drawing the parallels between characters being dragged into the "Upside Down" and gay youth left trapped in the closet, cut off (with potentially fatal results) from their community. Which is exactly what happens to Barb and Will.
Noah Schnapp the child actor who plays Will Byer, posted his thoughts on the issue via his Instagram Sunday afternoon. Instead of settling the matter, he seems to enjoy the speculation, saying: "A good book, or a good show leaves a lot of unanswered questions but makes you think. Which is what you are all doing." Yup, you read that right: the Internet has forced a 12-year-old to make a statement about a fictional pre-teen's sexuality. Way to go guys!
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! #dufferbrothers ❤️❤️
"For me, Will being gay or not is besides the point," he wrote in his post. "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...hope the real answer never comes out!"
Whatever the future holds for Will, young Noah Schnapp might just have a budding career in TV criticism ahead of him.