Will felt left out when Mike came to visit… and it seems there’s another reason why (Picture: Ursula Coyote/Netflix)

Warning: spoilers ahead for Stranger Things season 4 volume 1.

In Stranger Things season 4 volume 1, a year after the battle of Starcourt mall, the gang have all begun to appear more grown up than ever before as their lives lead in different directions.

Having left Hawkins, Indiana with his family and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) was extremely excited for one of his best friends Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) to come visit them in California.

However, he ended up feeling ignored when Mike placed the majority of his focus on Eleven… which is made even worse by a realisation that several eagle-eyed viewers had after dissecting one of the episodes in detail.

In the second episode of season four, Eleven is targeted by bullies on a roller skating rink, one of whom is filming her in humiliating fashion as the crowd leers at her, dubbing her a ‘snitch’.

The camcorder reveals that the footage is being captured on March 22 1986 – which just so happens to be Will’s birthday.

Will and Eleven’s brother-sister relationship has grown since moving to California (Picture: Courtesy of Netflix)

In season two of Stranger Things, Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) mentioned that March 22 was Will’s birthday while trying to get through to him, after he had been possessed by the Mind Flayer.

The fact that Will’s birthday fell on the day that Mike came to California – with his friend pretty much ignoring him the entire time and failing to acknowledge his birthday – has left several fans heartbroken.

The way that literally everyone just forget about Will birthday:(#strangerthingsseason4 #StrangerThings #STRANGERTHINGS4 pic.twitter.com/JPiKIGqw4x

— Nicol Flaxová (@NicolFlaxova) May 29, 2022

i cant believe they didn’t acknowledge will’s birthday at all. it was bad enough that everyone forgot about it #StrangerThings

— lee 📼 (@papermadebird) May 30, 2022

SO I JUST FOUND OUT THAT IT WAS WILL’S BIRTHDAY!! IT WAS HIS BIRTHDAY AND EVERYONE FORGOT ABOUT IT OH GOD #StrangerThings #StrangerThings4 pic.twitter.com/Z7lzrttrYk

— mae (@selpinkweme) May 29, 2022

‘That’s why he is sad. Mike forgot. Everyone forgot,’ one person tweeted.

‘This is the saddest thing I’ve seen all day,’ someone else said, while another remarked: ‘I’M BAWLING.’

There is a possibility that the writers coincidentally decided the date of Mike’s visit would be March 22 while forgetting that was the date that was designated for Will’s birthday.

However, a number of viewers thought the fact that it was his birthday explained why he was so upset about being disregarded by his friend.

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What’s more, it’s led some to theorise that Vecna could target Will as one of his next victims, due to the immense sadness that he’s feeling by being left out.

Can we please just let Will be happy for once?!

Stranger Things is available to watch on Netflix. Season 4 volume 2 drops on Friday July 1.

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