Netflix has released the third season of 80s-inspired sci-fi dramedy Stranger Things on 4 July.
Ever since the release, fans are already in awe of the great LGBTI representation.
The critically acclaimed series created by the Duffer Brothers is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana.
This new season takes place in the summer of 1985, with the gang of middle-schoolers Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Will now including telekinesis queen Eleven and newcomer Max, first appeared in season two.
As the kids go back to solve inexplicable supernatural mysteries involving rabid rats and evil Russian scientists, they are also dealing with first crushes and rivalries.
Alongside these beloved characters, this season has introduced an LGBTI character. But they might not be the only one.
*Warning: spoilers for Stranger Things season three ahead*
LGBTI representation in Stranger Things
New character Robin (Maya Hawke) comes out as a lesbian to her colleague at the ice cream parlor and fan-favorite Steve (Joe Keery).
However, this season seems to have dropped a huge hint at one of the major character’s sexuality.
After being abducted and possessed in the first two seasons, Will Byers, portrayed by Noah Schnapp, has to deal with more earthly matters. In this season, Will has a hard time adjusting to his best friends getting girlfriends.
As Mike and Lucas spend all of their time with their respective girlfriends Eleven and Max, Will is understandably upset over fear of losing his friends.
A scene of episode seven, The Case Of The Missing Lifeguard, sheds new light on Will’s sexuality.
After snapping at his friends for talking about their girlfriends through a game of D&D, Will storms out.
Mike follows him out in an attempt to try and make up to him. But things escalate quickly.
Is Will gay?
‘It’s not my fault you don’t like girls,’ Mike says to a visibly upset Will.
Of course, Mike might simply imply that Will isn’t yet at that stage where he’s actively attracted to girls. Will is, in fact, the only one in the gang not to have a love interest.
On the other hand, Mike might also be hinting at knowing about Will’s homosexuality.
The scene is an isolated reference in the season. Nonetheless, it wouldn’t be unlikely for a new season to clarify Will’s sexuality.
Netflix hasn’t greenlit season four yet, but actors, including Millie Bobby Brown who plays Eleven, have revealed they would be up for a new and final season to bring some closure to the adventures of Hawkins.
Stranger Things is available to stream on Netflix