Will Byers went through a particularly traumatic experience in the Upside Down throughout Stranger Things Season 1, but it looks like he’s going to have an even worse time in the real world when the second season of Netflix’s smash hit show premieres sometime this year.
Will (Noah Schnapp) was last seen excusing himself from a nice supper with his mom Joyce (Winona Ryder) and brother Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) after he was supposedly safe and sound from the show’s main villain, the monstrous Demogorgon. But it seems Will took a little bit of the Upside Down with him. When he went into the family bathroom in the Season 1 finale, he proceeded to cough up what looked like a gigantic green slug, which indicated that he might not be as a-ok as everyone thought. It wasn’t made clear the extent of what the slug grossness meant, but it might mean he could turn into some kind of Demogorgon.
At the annual BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party, Schnapp disclosed the same boilerplate details about Season 2 that we’ve heard since the first season blew up last summer, but he seemed to let an extra bit of information slip.
As reported by Den of Geek, Schnapp said (emphasis ours):
“You’ll be seeing more of me. I’ll be there,” teased Schnapp. “In the last episode, I threw up a slug, so Season 2 begins with what happens from there. There may have been some effect on him. I may or may not have turned into a monster. You’ll have to watch to find out.”
While he didn’t outright admit to anything, this is the first mention of Will Byers potentially turning into a monster because of his run ins with the Demogorgon in Season 1, and if you do some speculation it makes great sense.
We never actually got an explanation about how the Demogorgon came to be. As far as we know he was just an ugly monster from another dimension. But maybe it comes from some kind of disease passed down by people the previous person or thing inflicted with the Demogorgon heebie jeebies, and Will is the next one in line. That would mean Will would grow into becoming the Demogorgon in our world, which wouldn’t be good for the characters in the show but would be an incredibly awesome starting point for viewers itching to see Season 2.