When season 4 of Stranger Things was released in May of 2022, critics and fans were predictably pleased. The first volume of the season consisted of seven episodes, and the season concluded on July 1 with two final episodes. Andrew Male, the critic for The Times, said of the season that "the stakes seem real again and the world genuinely terrifying, far more in keeping with the show’s Stephen King influences than any aimless feelgood Goonies vibe. Stranger Things is scary and strange again".
But when Noah Schnapp clarified in an interview that his character, Will Byers, was gay, a long-standing debate about the show's attitude toward LGBTQ+ characters was resurrected.
Keep reading for more on how queerbaiting accusations have swirled around the show, and how one particular scene between Schnapp and Finn Wolfhard both endeared and angered fans of the show.