“The story started with Will, and it’ll end with Will”
The first season of “Stranger Things” focused on the disappearance of Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), forcing his closest friends to locate him in Hawkins. In the later seasons, Will struggled with his position within his social circle and family.
Ross explained to Variety, “Will really takes center stage again in 5. This emotional arc for him is what we feel is going to hopefully tie the whole series together. Will is used to being the young one, the introverted one, the one that’s being protected. So, part of his journey, it’s not just sexuality—it’s Will coming into his own as a young man.”
Although Will’s disappearance triggered the show’s events, the first season depicted him trapped in the Upside Down.
After his rescue, the second and third seasons showcased his struggle to reconnect with friends who endured intense trials while trying to rescue him. The fourth season expanded on his feelings of isolation and his sexuality. It is also the same season that particularly revealed his feelings for Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard).
Since his rescue, Will has exhibited peculiar after-effects of his time in the Upside Down, with other characters witnessing some of these phenomena.
The season four finale saw the boundary between reality and the Upside Down blur, leading to an overlap of the two realms. Will, in particular, became attuned to the sinister forces from the alternate dimension.
These sentiments echo Noah’s remarks from the previous year, where he expressed excitement about his character’s future.
He praised the show’s treatment of Will’s arc and concluded, “The way they closed the show is just perfect—the story started with Will, and it’ll end with Will.”
“Stranger Things”‘ fifth season is reportedly the show’s final season.
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