Now that Stranger Things season 4 part 1 has arrived, fans have started to make theories regarding the latest developments. Apart from that there has also been some hints of Will Byer's sexuality.
In season 3, questions rose after Mike told Will, “It’s not my fault you don’t like girls.” Will wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons with his friends, but they were preoccupied with their girlfriends during summer break.
Now season 4 offers some more insight into Will.
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Although the show has not fully addressed Will's sexuality, there are subtle hints about Will’s sexuality. There are instances of intentional focus on Will’s glances at Mike and excitement to see him.
Noah Schnapp has previously addressed the questions about Will’s sexuality, telling The Hollywood Reporter in February 2020:
“There’s nothing set in stone. It’s kind of up to the audience, and I think the Duffers did that on purpose. Some people perceive it as Will could be gay, asexual or whatever. Or, like how I see it, he was stuck in the Upside Down, and he was away for so long that all of his friends started growing up while he was in this other world.”
In season 4 it is beefily implied that Will has a crush on Mike. When Eleven and Will go to the airport to pick up Mike, Will’s excited to see his best friend. But their first interaction turns awkward when Mike doesn’t fully hug Will. After that, Will’s face drops.
Throughout the season, there are additional hints that Will’s feelings for Mike are much more than best friendship.
At the start when we saw Will, Eleven is writing a letter to Mike and says that Will is painting a lot but won’t show her what he’s working on. She suggests that maybe it was for someone he likes.
He took the painting with him when he went to the airport to pick up Mike. It seems as though the painting was a gift for Mike, but again, he doesn’t give it to him and the painting isn’t revealed in Stranger Things season 4 part 1.
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It looks like we will finally get an answer on July 1 when volume 2 will air on Netflix.