Finn Wolfhard says line about Will's sexuality in Stranger Things 3 had "different versions"

16 July 2019, 14:11

By Katie Louise Smith

The "Is Will Byers gay?" speculation has been floating around Stranger Things since season 1 and has been doing the rounds again thanks to line in season 3.

It's been almost two weeks since Stranger Things 3 was released and conversation surrounding whether or not Will Byers is gay is still doing the rounds. Noah Schnapp, who plays Will in the series, has already weighed in with his interpretation of the line and now, Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler) has elaborated on what it could mean too.

In episode 3, Will storms out of a D&D game after becoming annoyed that Mike and Lucas were spending too much time talking about their girlfriends, Eleven and Max. After a confrontation outside, Mike says “It’s not my fault you don’t like girls." The line sparked a lot of speculation amongst viewers about Will's sexuality.

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Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Finn has weighed in on the scene and how different it actually could have ended up. When asked what kind of conversations they both had with director Shawn Levy about the scene, he said, "There were a lot of different versions of that scene. We tried, “It’s not my fault you don’t like girls yet.” So, we did a bunch of different things to it, and it was up to the Duffers."

Finn Wolfhard speaks about the "Is Will Byers gay" speculation
Finn Wolfhard speaks about the "Is Will Byers gay" speculation. Picture: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix, Netflix

"I don’t even know if it had to do with Will’s sexuality," he continued. "I think Mike was just mad and listing off a genuine fact that he’s not interested. So, I guess we’ll see what it really meant, but it’s all up to the Duffers and what they want to do."

He also said: "There’s definitely options. He is still suffering from PTSD, and I think a lot of that has to do with trusting people and being able to fall in love."

Similarly, Noah recently told The Wrap that he "kind of just interpret it like he’s not ready to grow up and he doesn’t really want to move on to dating and relationships yet. He still wants to be a kid and play in the basement like he did in old times.”

The conversation surrounding whether or not Will Byers is gay has been floating around since season 1 and continues to pop up after every season. Back in season 2, Noah even took to Instagram to address the speculation about his character, writing: "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."

Mike and Will argue over the girls in Stranger Things 3
Mike and Will argue over the girls in Stranger Things 3. Picture: Netflix

He continued: "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!"