‘Stranger Things’: Will Byers’ Best Moments on the Show

We all know Will Byers hasn’t had the easiest run on the Netflix series Stranger Things, but he’s persevered. We love it when an underdog wins. He’s been captured by the Demogorgon, possessed by the Mindflayer, and his friends are more into girls than Dungeons and Dragons. 

Will has had several moments that have helped him grow into the kid we all love today. Here are some of his best moments on the show.

Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) dressed as Will the Wise in a purple wizard's robe and hat in a production still from 'Stranger Things' Season 3.
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When Will has enough of his friends ditching him in ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3

In Stranger Things Season 3, Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) are pretty cozy in their relationship. In fact, they can’t get enough of each other, much to Chief Hopper’s (David Harbour) chagrin. It’s gotten so bad he puts a limit on when Mike is allowed to come over.

Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Max (Sadie Sink) are already past the honeymoon stage. They treat each other like an old married couple. This still means they’re together all the time. Will’s one hope is Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), who just arrived home from camp. However, Dustin met his own lady-love at camp. He’s insistent that his friends meet her via the radio he built.

After a few days, Will has had enough, and he decides it’s time to reunite The Party. All he wants to do is play a game of Dungeons & Dragons.

He shows up to Mike’s basement dressed in full Will the Wise gear and tells his friends to get up and get it together. While his plans don’t work, as the boys are still too worried about their girlfriends, we appreciate Will’s valiant effort. Keep your chin up, kid. We would totally be down for a game of D&D with you.

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When Will survived much longer than we would have in the Upside Down

If you had asked anyone to place their bets on who would survive the Upside Down in Stranger Things the longest, no one would pick Will Byers. Chief Hopper? Sure. Steve Harrington with his spiked baseball bat? Maybe.

We all know Barb didn’t last in the Upside Down very long, and that was a gal who seemed to have her wits about her. It took actual convincing to get people to face the cold, hard truth even after they saw her poor mangled body. 

Will, on the other hand, made use of his small stature. Not to mention, at one point, his brother, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), says that Will is basically a champion at Hide ‘n Go Seek. Not only does Will continue to dodge the Demogorgon, but he manages to figure out a way to talk with his mom, Joyce (Winona Ryder), from the Upside Down. 

We’re just saying in the apocalypse, we want Will on our team.

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When Will tricked the Mind Flayer with morse code in ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2

Out of the three seasons we’ve seen so far, Stranger Things Season 2 is where we see Will suffer the most. Just when he stands up to the Mind Flayer (thanks to some unfortunate but sweet advice from Bob Newby), the monster takes over his entire being. 

The creature uses Will as his eyes so he can continue his mission to destroy the world. Whatever Will sees or hears, the Mind Flayer does too. Will doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but he doesn’t seem to be able to stop it. That is until his knowledge of morse code comes in handy.

When Joyce and the rest of the kids try to burn the Mind Flayer out of Will’s body, Will is struggling to not let the Mind Flayer know their location. He knows he can’t talk, so instead, Will uses his fingers to tap out a message in morse code on the table he’s tied to. It’s brilliant, and it essentially saves the world, so chalk another one up for Will Byers.

We don’t know what Will Byers will face in Stranger Things Season 4, but we hope the showrunners give the kid a break. He could use a rest from all the action. If you’re craving some more Stranger Things action, you have to wait until 2022. In the meantime, however, you can rewatch the first three seasons as much as you want. They’re all currently streaming on Netflix.