Despite being the core of the series’ inciting incident, Noah Schnapp’s Will Byers has been pushed to the sideline during recent seasons of Stranger Things. However, Ross Duffer of the Duffer Brothers teases that that character will “tie the series together” in the show’s fifth season.
Will Byers was always destined to stay out of the limelight, with most of Stranger Things focusing on how his friends, family, and community react to his disappearance. However, it seems as though the character will finally take center stage in season 5. Ross Duffer, one of the Duffer Brothers and co-creator of the series, teased Will’s pivotal role in a recent interview about Noah Schnapp:
“Will really takes center stage again in 5,” Ross Duffer told Variety. “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.”
Stranger Things season 5 is set to bring the highest stakes that Hawkins has ever seen. Given Will Byers is the character most connected to the Upside Down, aside from perhaps Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven, it’s likely Noah Schnapp’s character will both literally and thematically close the door on the alternate world. Given the show’s final season is, at the minimum, two years away, fans will have plenty of time to speculate on what exactly that means.
Stranger Things are coming to Hawkins…
Details regarding Stranger Things season five are currently being kept under lock and key at Netflix. Jim Hopper actor David Harbour recently mentioned that he is preparing to shoot the season at the same time as Marvel’s Thunderbolts, as both productions are based in Georgia. Both productions are currently on hold due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.
Stranger Things was created by Matt and Ross Duffer. The two also executive produce the series alongside Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, Brian Wright, Cindy Holland, Jessica Mecklenburg, Matt Thunell, Karl Gajdusek, Iain Paterson and Curtis Gwinn.
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