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In Defense Of Stranger Things‘ Sweet, Sensitive Will Byers

It’s sometimes easy to forget about Will Byers, the quiet, hapless kid at the center of Stranger Things. He’s not as forthcoming (or foul-mouthed) as Dustin, or as charismatic as Lucas. He’s not a natural leader like Mike, and he can’t flip a van with his mind like Eleven. He can’t even top Max’s Dig Dug score. So when he’s not being used as a human vessel for the Mind Flayer, he mostly tends to fade into the background.

To be fair, it’s not really his fault. Throughout the eight-episode first season of Stranger Things, Noah Schnapp’s Will was little more than a m…

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