stranger things Star Finn Wolfhard has addressed speculation that his character Will might be gay.
The fourth season of Netflix’s hit sci-fi series returned last week, and fans are wasting no time racing through the seven new episodes that are available to watch now.
Season four begins with Eleven (Millie Bobbie Brown) and the Byers family leaving Hawkins and moving to California.
Many fans have hinted that last season hinted that Will (Noah Schnapp) is queer and may have romantic feelings towards Mike (Finn Wolfhard).
In a recent interview with Digital SpyWolfhard was asked if Will’s feelings for Mike were “shifting toward a more endearing, kind of warm, romantic affection.”
The actor replied: “Yes. I think you start to see how much Will loves Mike over the course of the season and I think it’s a really beautiful thing.”
He went on to say that there is “probably a mutual understanding and acceptance” of Mike.
The word “acceptance” suggests that Will may share his feelings for Mike in the upcoming second part of season four.
*Spoilers for season four below*
Fans have long suspected Will might be queer, and there were numerous moments in series four that led viewers to believe Will’s bond with Mike might be romantic.
In the first episode, Mike visits Eleven and Will in California. It quickly becomes apparent that Will is mad at his friend for not making more effort to keep in touch.
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As the show progresses, these emotions intensify and Will, feeling increasingly marginalized, asks Mike why he hasn’t reached out to him as much as he did to Eleven, who Mike is dating.
In another scene early in the season, Will can be seen pulling away from a girl who is rubbing her foot on his leg at school.
When the fourth season trailer was released, observant viewers also noticed that Will was doing a school project on Alan Turing, the mathematician and computer scientist who helped crack a number of German ciphers during the war. He was later persecuted in 1952 for his homosexuality.
In episode four of this latest season, Will Mike also says that it’s “scary to just open up” and “say how you really feel.” Some fans interpreted his speech to imply that he wanted to come out to his friend.
However, others have suggested that Will’s “jealousy” of Mike and Eleven’s relationship may stem from romantic feelings he has toward Eleven instead.
Charlie Heaton (who plays Will’s older brother Jonathan) recently responded to viewers saying his character has been “taken out of the game” in this latest series.
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