Oh, "Stranger Things," the powerhouse Netflix series that hit the ground running in 2016. With its killer blend of 80s vibes, supernatural twists, and a crew of lovable misfits, it's no wonder we've all fallen head over heels for this show. But within this mix, an unexpected fandom has blossomed around two characters: Mike Wheeler and Will Byers. For those who aren't up-to-date with their fan lingo, this pairing goes by the cute moniker of 'Byler.'
The Byler Starting Signs
In the very first episode, Mike's devotion to finding the missing Will was palpable. It wasn't your run-of-the-mill worry for a friend. Oh no, this was a deeper, all-consuming dedication that saw Mike break rules and risk it all. It made you wonder if it was just concern for a friend or something more.
The Heart-Wrenching Moment
Then came the heart-wrenching eighth episode of the first season. When Will's "body" is found, Mike goes through an emotional roller coaster that feels like something more profound than just a friend's grief.
The First Call for Comfort
Fast-forward to season 2, episode 1, and we get a sneak peek into Will's psyche when he sees the Upside Down at the arcade. His first call for comfort? Mike.
The Snowball Dance
Then there's that moment at the Snowball dance in the ninth episode of the same season. While most remember it for Mike and Eleven's adorable moment, let's not forget Will dancing comfortably with a boy. A telltale sign, perhaps?
The Veiled Hint?
Season 3 offered more fodder for the Byler mill. In episode 3, after a tiff, Mike snaps at Will with, "It's not my fault you don't like girls!" What was that about, Mike? Just a remark in the heat of the moment, or was it a veiled hint about Will?
The Affectionate Drawing
And then there's Will's drawing in the first episode of the third season. A seemingly innocent sketch of him and Mike, but the attention to detail and the affection pouring out of it might suggest something more on Will's part.
Pain of a Heart Left Behind
In episode 4 of season 3, Will's pain and frustration become apparent when he destroys Castle Byers. It's more than just anger at being left behind. It seems more like the pain of a heart left behind.
The Intense Goodbye
And how could we ignore Mike's intense reaction when Will moves away in the final episode of season 3? The unsaid words, the lingering look - it was enough to get all Byler shippers' hearts pounding.
The Unique Bond
Not to mention the unique bond Mike and Will share due to their shared experiences with the Upside Down. The unspoken understanding, the meaningful glances - it all seems to suggest something more profound.
The Duffer Brothers' Hint
Finally, the Duffer Brothers have hinted at a central character being LGBTQ in future seasons, and all signs point to Will being a potential candidate.
Remember, folks, while all of these instances might seem to scream 'Byler,' they could also just be signs of an incredibly deep and beautiful friendship. But whatever the reality, one thing's for sure - the bond between Mike and Will is the beating heart of "Stranger Things." It's their enduring friendship that's seen them through the darkest times and given us some of the most touching moments of the series.
Byler fans, keep your detective hats on. Who knows what the future seasons might bring? Whether Byler becomes official or remains a beloved fan theory, the bond between these two characters will always hold a special place in our hearts. Stay tuned, folks! The Upside Down still has many secrets to reveal.