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13 Reasons Why (Thirteen Reasons Why): Season 3 – Summary, Review (with Spoilers)

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Season 3 of 13 Reasons Why presents the question of whether a serial rapist and someone who nearly shot up a school, not only deserve to be redeemed but can be.

Creator(s) Brian Yorkey
Genre(s) Drama, Mystery, Crime
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  • Teen Drama
  • Murder Mysteries
  • Complicated Romances
Noted Cast
Clay Dylan Minnette
Jessica Alisha Boe
Alex Miles Heizer
Justin Brandon Flynn
Bryce Justin Prentice
Ani Grace Saif
Zach Ross Butler
Chloe Anne Winters
Casey Bex Taylor-Klaus
Principal Bolan Steven Weber
Tyler Devin Druid
Tony Christian Navarro
Caleb R.J. Brown
Nora Brenda Strong
Winston Deaken Bluman
Harrison Raymond J. Barry
Amara Nana Mensah
Monty Timothy Granaderos
Cyrus Bryce Cass
Mackenzie Chelsea Alden

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 3, Episode 2 "If You're Breathing, You're A Liar"Bryce is discovered, and we learned what happened to Chloe’s pregnancy. This is alongside Ani continuing to guide us with a fresh pair of eyes.
Director(s) Michael Morris
Writer(s) Allen MacDonald
Air Date 8/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
Amara Josephine Nana Mensah
Charlie Tyler Barnhardt
Dr. Singh Parminder Nagra
Dean Hart Denton
  • Zach, Charlie, Monty, Jessica | Trying To Change The Culture
  • Zach, Chloe, Dr. Singh, Tyler, Clay, Monty | Seeking Help
  • Bryce, Ani, Amara, Nora, Dean, Clay | Humanizing A Monster/ Finding Bryce
Season 3, Episode 1 "Yeah, I'm The New Girl" [Season Premiere]A new girl, Bryce missing, and everyone monitoring Tyler to make sure he doesn’t pick up a gun again – It’s all just another season of 13 Reasons Why.
Director(s) Michael Morris
Writer(s) Brian Yorkey
Air Date 8/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
Amorowat Anysia Achola – Ani Grace Saif
  • Courtney, Clay, Ani, Jessica | How Things Began For Ani
  • Tyler, Zach, Tony, Clay | The Night Of The Spring Fling
  • Bryce, Clay, Jessica, Tony, Zach, Alex, Ani, Justin, Tyler, Nora | The Monday After Homecoming
Season 2/ Episode 1 “The First Polaroid” [Season Premiere]With book writer Jay Asher not involved, 13 Reasons Why enters a new stage. One which seems ready to make Hannah less of a victim.
Director(s) Gregg Araki
Writer(s) Brian Yorkey
Air Date 5/18/2018
Actors Introduced
Sonya Allison Miller
Scott Reed Brandon Butler
  • Got A Secret: Tony, Tyler, Olivia
  • Can You Keep It: Jessica, Alex, Bryce, Mr. Porter
  • Pray This One You’ll Save: Clay, Skye, Hannah
Season 2/ Episode 2 “Two Girls Kissing”As Hannah establishes herself as the annoying voice in Clay’s head, Courtney takes the stand and you question if she may still to her lie or reveal the truth.
Director(s) Gregg Araki
Writer(s) Thomas Higgins
Air Date 5/18/2018
Actors Introduced
Nina Jones Samantha Logan
Chloe Anne Winters
Cyrus Bryce Cass
Dennis Wilson Cruz
  • Maybe You’d Be Better Off Elsewhere?: Tyler, Alex, Zach, Bryce, Jessica, Clay
  • The Blame Game: Courtney, Olivia, Sonya, Mr. Porter
  • It’s Hard To Compete With A Dead Girl: Skye, Clay, Hannah
Season 2/ Episode 3 “The Drunk Slut”It’s Jessica’s turn to hit the stand as Sonya breaks her down, Clay tries to figure a way for Bryce to be in Sonya and Dennis’ crosshairs for a rape charge.
Director(s) Karen Moncrieff
Writer(s) Marissa Jo Cerar
Air Date 5/18/2018
Actors Introduced
Mackenzie Chelsea Alden
Mr. Cole Sean Blakemore
  • Find Your People & Cut Off Those Who Aren’t Good For You: Cyrus, Tyler, Skye, Clay
  • The Rules Are Different For Us: Jessica, Marcus, Clay, Alex, Sonya
  • The Return of Justin: Clay, Tony, Justin
Season 2/ Episode 4 “The Second Polaroid”It’s Marcus’ turn on the stand and with him supporting Sonya’s goals, unlike everyone else he lies. All the while the alliance against Bryce grows stronger.
Director(s) Karen Moncrieff
Writer(s) Hayley Tyler
Air Date 5/18/2018
  • Detox: Clay, Justin, Jessica, Sheri, Tony
  • Lying on the Stand: Marcus, Hannah, Bryce, Tyler, Cyrus, Mr. Porter
  • By Any Means Necessary: Clay, Zach, Bryce, Chloe, Alex, Olivia, Tony, Jessica, Dennis
Season 2/ Episode 5 “The Chalk Machine”As Ryan takes the stand, we learn more about his relationship with Hannah. Alongside seeing Alex and Jessica try to retain some sense of normalcy.
Director(s) Eliza Hittman
Writer(s) Nic Sheff
Air Date 5/18/2018
Actors Introduced
Nora Walker Brenda Strong
  • A Seed Was Planted: Chloe, Bryce, Jessica
  • A Return To Normalcy: Alex, Jessica, Justin, Tony, Nina
  • In The Lonely Hours: Ryan, Hannah, Justin, Sonya
Season 2/ Episode 6 “The Smile at the End of the Dock”As Zach reveals there was more to his relationship with Hannah, Clay deals with the fantasy in his head of who Hannah was not matching up with reality.
Director(s) Eliza Hittman
Writer(s) Julia Bicknell
Air Date 5/18/2018
  • Guess Who/What Is Back: Jessica, Alex, Justin, Clay, Lainie, Matt, Zach
  • My First Love: Hannah, Zach, Bryce
  • Reconciling The Ideal With The Real: Clay, Hannah, Olivia, Andy
Season 2/ Episode 7 “The Third Polaroid”Desperate times call for desperate measures as Clay fails to do much for Hannah on the stand and there are multiple incidents at Alex’s birthday party.
Director(s) Michael Morris
Writer(s) Brian Yorkey
Air Date 5/18/2018
  • Another Ignored Sign: Jeff, Hannah, Clay, Sonya
  • Trigger: Nina, Jessica, Tyler, Cyrus, Alex, Mackenzie, Zach
  • The Final Solution: Clay, Hannah
Season 2/ Episode 8 “The Little Girl”As Olivia and Andy take the stand, and everyone deals with the tapes coming out, we get an update on Skye.
Director(s) Michael Morris
Writer(s) Felischa Marye
Air Date 5/18/2018
  • You Can Only Do But So Much: Skye, Clay
  • The Aftermath: Jessica, Tyler, Mackenzie, Alex, Bryce, Zach, Marcus, Nora, Clay, Chloe, Cyrus
  • Jessica, Bryce, Sonya, Alex, Matt, Lainie
Season 2/ Episode 9 “The Missing Page”It’s Mr. Porter’s turn to take the stand and with him being guilt-racked, he runs through what he wished he did.
Director(s) Kat Candler
Writer(s) Rohit Kumar
Air Date 5/18/2018
Actors Introduced
Maureen Jeanette Pavini
Sarah Makenzie Vega
Damon Indar Smith
  • I Could Of Done More: Mr. Porter, Olivia, Hannah
  • Welcome to ASS: Tyler, Clay, Bryce, Mr. Bolan, Cyrus, Mackenzie
  • Things Could Be Looking Up: Justin, Jessica, Clay, Nina, Matt
Season 2/ Episode 10 “Smile, Bitches”As Tony reveals how he owed Hannah, and what pushed him to circulate the tapes, Clay enters the clubhouse and makes some discoveries.
Director(s) Kat Candler
Writer(s) Kirk Moore
Air Date 5/18/2018
  • Karma’s A Bitch: Tony, Ryan, Hannah, Sarah, Dennis, Sonya, Olivia
  • The Dangers of Being a Coward: Jessica, Tyler, Cyrus, Mackenzie, Nina, Bryce, Zach
  • Clubhouse Rules: Sheri, Bryce, Justin, Chloe, Zach, Clay
Season 2/ Episode 11 “Bryce and Chloe”Once again Clay is at a breaking point as Bryce takes the stand and remixes what happened between him and Hannah.
Director(s) Jessica Yu
Writer(s) Marissa Jo Cerer, Thomas Higgins
Air Date 5/18/2018
Introduced Actors
Coach Rick Ben Lawson
  • The Struggle To Move On: Jessica, Nina, Zach
  • Strike Three: Bryce, Hannah, Alex
  • When Nearly All Hopes Are Dashed: Tyler, Chloe, Jessica, Justin, Clay, Hannah, Dennis
Season 2/ Episode 12 “The Box of Polaroids”Both sides have made their points, witnesses have been run through and final statements have been given. It’s time for the verdict.
Director(s) Jessica Yu
Writer(s) Hayley Tyler, Brian Yorkey
Air Date 5/18/2018
  • We Need To Talk About Tyler: Mr. Porter, Tyler, Mr. Bolan, Cyrus
  • Bryce Dependency: Justin, Bryce
  • One Reveal, Two Loses, And One Victory: Justin, Alex, Bryce, Montgomery, Olivia, Dennis, Jessica
Season 2/ Episode 13 “Bye” [Season Finale]Sometimes there isn’t a victory, perhaps not a redemption story like we see in movies, and there is just life. Something which, for one character, has made them decide to do the opposite of Hannah.
Director(s) Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Writer(s) Brian Yorkey
Air Date 5/18/2018
  • April 18th: Bryce, Jessica, Tyler, Mackenzie, Clay, Justin, Lainie, Dennis
  • April 19th: Clay, Alex, Jessica, Montgomery, Tyler, Justin, Olivia, Hannah
  • April 20th: Justin, Alex, Jessica, Clay, Tony, Caleb, Tyler, Mackenzie, Zach, Cyrus, Mackenzie
Season 1/ Episode 2 “Tape 1, Side B”As it becomes established that the series’ goal is fleshing out other people perspectives and how they are dealing with Hannah’s death, much less the tapes, you learn to appreciate the changes.
  • Episode Focus: What Clay May Know (Jessica [Alisha Boe], Justin [Brandon Flynn], Clay and Tony)
  • Subplot 1: A Long Time Ago, We Used To Be Friends (Hannah, Jessica, and Alex [Miles Heizer])
Season 1/ Episode 3 “Tape 2, Side A”Was, or rather is, Alex really the ass that Hannah paints him as? Is Justin such a bad guy? It seems just like they didn’t know the effect they had on Hannah’s life, Hannah didn’t know how terrible their lives were either.
  • Episode Focus: Humanize (Justin & Alex)
  • Subplot 1: Either Get Recruited or Beaten Down (Justin)
  • Subplot 2: What Is Tony Doing? (Tony)
Season 1/ Episode 4 “Tape 2, Side B”Remember the need to look for that red flag in the last episode review, yeah, now it is time to grip it as Clay is getting thoughts of being a vigilante.
  • Episode Focus: What Tyler and Courtney Did (Tyler [Devin Druid], Courtney [Michele Selene Ang], Hannah, and Clay)
  • Subplot 1: And It All Falls Down (Clay, Andy, Tony, and Olivia)
  • Subplot 2:  That Was His Last Chance (Justin)
Season 1/ Episode 5 “Tape 3, Side A”You know, it amazes me how you can separate yourself from a show for a few hours, and then be put right back in your feelings when you start it again.
  • Episode Focus: The Secrets You Keep – Part 1 (Hannah and Courtney)
  • Subplot 1: The Secrets You Keep (Clay, Justin, Alex, and Courtney)
  • Subplot 2: It’s Going to Trial (Olivia and Lainie [Amy Hargreaves])
Season 1/ Episode 6 “Tape 3, Side B”More and more we see how often people avoid doing something when they could of and the show leads you to reflect on how many things you just watched, ignored, or avoided just because it would have required effort you weren’t willing to expend.
  • Episode Focus: If Only You Stepped Up (Hannah)
  • Subplot 1: The Need To Be Punished (Alex, Jessica, and Justin)
  • Subplot 2: The Secrets We Keep (Tony, Sheri [Ajiona Alexus], and Clay)
Season 1/ Episode 7 “Tape 4, Side A”Clay is losing his mind. He is seeing images of a dead Hannah, hearing things, and not in the privacy of his room but in public. The guilt is weighing on him so much he turns back into a vigilante and seemingly is ready for the truth to be revealed.
  • Episode Focus: We Are All Lonely, But I’m The Loneliest of All (Hannah and Zach)
  • Subplot 1: The Guilt Is Killing Me (Clay)
Season 1/ Episode 8 “Tape 4, Side B”As the show continues, it becomes more difficult to remain loyal to Hannah and demonize the people who contributed to her demise.
  • Episode Focus: You Exposed My Thoughts & Secrets (Hannah and Ryan [Tommy Dorfman])
  • Subplot 1: Insecurities & Dysfunction (Alex, Jessica, and Justin)
Season 1/ Episode 9 “Tape 5, Side A”Everything all leads to Bryce. The reason for so much of Hannah’s troubles all have his name involved. Yet, even with what is noted in this episode, with everyone refusing to go after him, what can be done?
  • Episode Focus: I Know What You Did That Summer (Clay, Hannah, Jessica, Justin, and Marcus)
  • Subplot 1: How Could You Do Nothing? (Tony and Clay)
Season 1/ Episode 10 “Tape 5, Side B”Did you ever wonder what happened to low-key, hopefully, fan favorite Jeff? The guy who, alongside Tony, pushed Clay to participate in life? Well, prepare for your answer.
  • Episode Focus: Repentance (Sheri, Hannah, and Clay)
  • Subplot 1: Jessica’s Downward Spiral (Jessica, Justin, and Bryce)
  • Subplot 2: How Much Is Your Child Worth? (Olivia & Lainie)
Season 1/ Episode 11 “Tape 6, Side A”Do you want something beautiful? A teen romance like you haven’t seen awhile? Do you want something tragic? Something which won’t just lead to watery eyes but maybe a little bit of snot? Well, that is what you get in Tape 6, Side A – Clay’s tape.
  • Episode Focus: The Night Of – The Romance (Hannah and Clay)
  • Subplot 1: The Night Of – The Rape and Aftereffects (Alex, Jessica, Justin, and Bryce)
Season 1/ Episode 12 “Tape 6, Side B”What can eventually break someone? What ultimately kills the flicker of hope? One can ask all these questions but to see it happen to someone, f— heartbreaking. That set of words is not powerful enough. No words are.
  • Episode Focus: The Last Flicker of Hope (Clay, Hannah, and Bryce)
  • Subplot 1: The Walls Are Closing In (Ryan, Tyler, Courtney, Alex, Sheri, Justin, Zach, Jessica, and Marcus)
Season 1/ Episode 13 “Tape 7, Side A” [Season Finale]Through 13 Reasons Why, you get to understand both the cause and effect a person’s suicide has. As well as how and why some may consider it selfish, as well as why others considering it the last, and eventually only, solution.
  • Episode Focus: The Final Day of Hannah Baker (Hannah, Clay, Olivia, and Mr. Porter [Derek Luke])
  • Subplot 1: The Existence of the Tapes Are Revealed (Zach, Courtney, Tyler, Jessica, Tony, and Olivia)
  • Subplot 2: Questions Left Unanswered (Alex, Olivia, Justin, and Tyler)
Season 1/ Episode 1 “Tape 1, Side A” [Series Premiere]Though there are a few minor changes, mostly which are understandable, Thirteen Reasons Why starts off with things being very close to the book. Well, with the exception of us getting to experience Hannah with our own eyes and perhaps Clay not being as much of a saint.

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Plot Summary

In season 3 of 13 Reasons Why, while we have moved on from Hannah, the people involved with her death don’t necessarily move on. Yes, her name is barely uttered, but with Bryce not being brought to justice, there remains bad blood. Which isolates him in ways that doesn’t necessarily make him lash out, at least against anyone in particular. If anything, as he tries to start over at a new school, and finds his reputation precedes him, he tries to make amends. Which is a huge struggle considering what he has done, formerly with a callous grin, in the past.

But he isn’t alone in trying to heal his reputation. After Clay stopped him from shooting up the school, Tyler is put on a schedule where nearly everyone, from Jessica to Alex, are supposed to monitor him. Which, in the long run, seems to give him a sense of belonging that allows him to find some sense of normalcy.

However, Bryce’s attempts to redeem himself, and Tyler returning to a stable mental state, that all goes to hell when Bryce is found dead and is noted to be murdered. Thus leading to all the characters we know, including a new one named Ani, having to figure out a way to protect each other and keep the truth from getting out of their tight-knit community.

Major Arcs


It appears Clay did legitimately let Hannah go, but has moved onto Ani in the process. Someone nerdy, can be a bit much like him, but also has some of Hannah’s traits. Which brings out Clay’s jealous side as he feels rejected time and time again, showing that while he wants to be seen as the hero, it requires him often fighting off his own darkness. One that, from outside this group he created, makes him seem very dangerous and the prime suspect for Bryce’s murder.


After being forced to admit what happened to her in a public forum, Jessica is still trying to navigate healing and regaining a sense of control with her body. Which makes her joining a group of other survivors, as well as taking the jocks to task a good outlet for her. However, it is getting back with Justin, sexually, which renews her. If only because something with Alex just no longer clicks. Yet, with Justin, she can feel pleasure again, and while there lingers Justin’s part of her rape, there is something beyond that which keeps him attractive to her. Though, despite Alex feeling rejected, he and Jessica still hold each other’s secrets, shame, and the FML club sacred.


In season 3, Alex plays a bit of a backseat role. He does have his own drama, mostly caused by Jessica dumping him, and him trying to get stronger, but one would submit he is significantly downgraded.


From getting back on the football team, drug addiction, Bryce’s murder and living with the Jensens, not to forget Jessica, Justin has both literal highs and drastic lows. Most of which he handles like a skittish dog who, thankfully, is given quite a bit of patience and care.


While Bryce isn’t given jail time, the isolation he experiences is quite similar to that. His mother barely looks at him, most of his old friends, outside of Monty, won’t speak to him, and even when he transfers schools, life is hell. Which, originally, leads him just to drink and break things, but then Ani acts as a catalyst for him changing. For with her being new, curious, and having a penchant for trouble, she is drawn to him. This attention pushes Bryce to want to be seen as he believes he sees her and off the back of her admiration he tries to make amends.

This, during the time he is alive, is an uphill battle as he uses his privilege for a good while dealing with everyone suspicious of his intentions. Yet, previous to his death, it seems he was on the right track. However, one moment of becoming lost in that rage that helped him gain his old reputation ended up being his undoing.


One could say Ani became the new Hannah. She is the one who presents everyone’s narrative but twists it in such a fashion to make everyone seem almost new. Though, at times, she reminds us of both the best and worst qualities of many characters. Be it Clay’s obsession, Jessica’s courage, Justin’s desperation, and more. However, there comes a point she goes beyond an observer recounting what she has seen and heard. Eventually, she causes drama. The type which, one could say, contributed to Bryce’s end.


Like Alex, Zach takes a step back. He does strike up a friendship with Chloe, Bryce’s ex, and takes a leadership role amongst the football team, but an event in the season may have ended his career. Making it so his main role this season is controlling the culture of the football team, being a good friend to Chloe, and hemming and hawing about being part of Clay’s group. Both in terms of protecting Tyler and dealing with the investigation of Bryce’s death.


After the events of season two, from being assaulted to nearly shooting up a school, Clay locks down on Tyler like he was his little brother and best friend. He has everyone watching him and while Tyler does get perturbed by this, the sense of belonging it gives him, especially after losing Cyrus and his crew, makes him feel whole and loved. Also, Tony teaching him how to fight makes him feel safer than ever.


With his parents deported, all Tony has is Caleb, Clay, and the people Clay associates with. But, even with them in his life, Tony’s secrets make things hard on everyone. Whether he is trying to help them or they are trying to help him.


Monty becomes the season’s villain with him trying to continue the culture Bryce put into place and his reign of terror. However, between Zach and others, Monty finds himself unable to become the king Bryce was. Also, thanks to someone named Winston, so begins an attempt to even show Monty just needed social niceties to not be a d**k.



Trying To Shift The Viewer’s Perspective On Bryce & Tyler – 95

As with past seasons, there is a clash between what 13 Reasons Why explores and what American culture is going through. On the one hand, we have Tyler, who almost shot up a school, and then Bryce, who is a serial rapist who conflicts with the #MeToo movement as well as toxic masculinity which is troubling society. Yet, the show tries to humanize these two. Bryce especially by pushing the idea that people can change.

Which, admittedly, is hard to imagine after two seasons of him being this rich a**hole who notes he raped at least 8 girls, some of which were his girlfriends. Never mind seeing him do so to Hannah and knowing that was one of the final straws that led her to kill herself. So, naturally, the idea of Bryce being someone worth redemption, or who could redeem himself, seems laughable. Yet, the show does it.

Maybe by having Bryce die young, after us seeing him go to therapy, try to make amends, and put in a real effort to change? Heck, it could just be Ani showed us a Bryce we forgot about. The one who would take care of Justin, and the rest of his boys, to compensate for the fact his parents were good providers but weren’t necessarily the most loving. After his trial especially.

Then with Tyler, I have to admit he was almost as difficult to imagine being seen as anything but someone who may be triggered and pick up a gun again. Yet, with him being confronted, as Bryce was, and being reminded he wasn’t some incel but was bullied and sexually assaulted, you get it – to a point. Plus, like Bryce, he went to therapy, and through Clay’s eyes, you are ultimately reminded of his humanity. Also, you come to realize Tyler just chose the opposite decision Hannah did. For rather than hurt himself to escape his pain, he decided he was going to spread it around.

Jessica Getting Her Groove Back – 89

Life as a survivor, whether boy or girl, is a big topic on the show for Jessica, Tyler, and many others. Fighting to be heard and seen is one of the more bigger things shown to regain a sense of power and a voice. Yet, there is something about Jessica reclaiming her sexuality which seemed more important in a way. For we’ve seen protest and the fight, but often the return to normalcy doesn’t get its due. Be it trying to learn how to be intimate with a person again, or find that intimacy, if in the form of sex, pleasurable.

Much less, dealing with the complications of how you have been mentally altered. Making it so things you may not have done before. Be it taking more control during sex, who you have sex with, or what you find attractive. Jessica exploring that was an interesting journey to watch.

Chloe’s Abortion – 91

Chloe plays a rather small part of the season, but the time spent focusing on her decision to have an abortion is powerful. Especially just watching as the procedure, the suction one, is done and you counting the seconds. Never mind the show noting all the hurdles she went through between being tricked into scheduling a meeting with a place which tries to convince you to have your child and a protestor harassing her the day of. Though, that’s an understatement. The woman drops in Chloe’s hand a fake, tiny, fetus covered in blood to try to guilt her.

Taking all that in, it brings you to tears. Also, it shows how callous many are over a decision that they are so against yet, if the child was born, they’d have little to nothing to do with you. Showing peak hypocrisy.

Ani – 90

From what I’ve gathered, many aren’t necessarily fond of Ani. Be it because she is new, possibly due to her being Black and damn near more prominent than everyone but Clay, or who knows what else. However, to us, she was necessary. The show has moved on, completely, from not only the books but one of the biggest draws of the first two seasons: Hannah. Making for a strong need to question why do we have a season 3, never mind will have a season 4? Well, Ani helped to make this season more compelling than it seemed like it would be.

First and foremost, it was by giving us a new set of eyes. We have long been accustomed to these cast members and whether we’re talking Hannah’s perspective or Clay’s, it felt like we’ve gotten everything we could out of everyone. However, Ani proved that wasn’t the case.

Look at Bryce. From the beginning, Bryce was portrayed as an utter monster yet she made him seem like he could be redeemed and loveable beyond what even Nora, his own mother, expected! Alongside that, she stepped in for the missing Black characters of season 2 to empower Jessica and give her access. Not to forget, held Clay up to the light and saw him clearly. Unlike Hannah and many others, she saw both the flaws and how some could see the perfection in Clay. Making it so, rather than be a character who swoops in with a naïve, maybe even bias, opinion of everyone, she helped reintroduced them not just for the season but how they have evolved.

Reminder Clay Isn’t A Saint & Could Easily Be Like Tyler Or Bryce – 80

With that said, you have to appreciate how Ani also pushed the idea that Clay, as good of a guy he seemed, he always walked that tight rope from his anger maybe making him like Bryce or Tyler. Feeling rejected for being a skinny white boy made it so he felt like any girl he wanted never chose him. Which, as shown in season 2, and this season, made him lash out. Especially at Bryce who, even with his reputation, was able to attract girls like Ani. Meanwhile, Clay tries to be this nice guy and is passed over.

Pushing the idea that, in the grand scheme of things, as noted with the Hannah and Tyler comparison, it only takes a certain amount of events, and a few negative reactions to said events, to send people down a dark path.

On The Fence

Casey & Principal Bolan – Two Sides Of The Same Coin – 75

Whether we’re talking about Casey being an extreme feminist, who’d protest at a person’s funeral, to the almost callous nature of Principal Bolan, when it comes to the culture at the school, you get their purpose but still have to question the writing and performances. The writing because of how two dimensional Casey often seemed, and then with Principal Bolan, this weakly pushed idea he is a feminist, but just doesn’t agree with Casey and Jessica’s way of doing things. Which makes you wish these two got to say more, and their backgrounds were more developed. For without that, Casey is played too over the top and Principal Bolan so dead that you sometimes wonder if the actor playing him is just happy for a consistent check and has long since checked out.

The Murder Mystery – 74

Here is how and why I could understand why people think Ani was annoying – because the murder mystery was dull. For one, after getting away with raping multiple girls, Bryce dying didn’t seem all that bad. Two, as much as the way the show went from past to present was shot in a cool way; honestly, the build to the reveal was anti-climatic. Mostly because, this whole murder thing felt so desperate in a way. We’ve known these characters for so long, and if Bryce was going to be murdered, it would have happened before this season.

Also, with 13 Reasons Why known for its shocking content, a murder mystery seemed like a major step down from rape, suicide, and what would have been a school shooting. Leaving you to wonder why didn’t the show just focus on the thereafter and redemption than tried to compete with itself. If not shift towards what many other YA novel adaptations do.

Many of The B-Line Storylines – 73

For every storyline like Chloe dealing with her abortion, there is Justin’s drug addiction, Monty’s complex over his sexuality, and more. All of which, don’t get me wrong, have a certain amount of interest involved. It’s just, they aren’t given the time or writing commitment to have any serious oomph. Hell, even Tony’s family getting deported, a major topical situation, makes you hunch your shoulders. That is despite how dramatic this show can get.

The Missing Faces – 72

From Sheri to Nina, Cyrus and more, a lot of people either aren’t part of season 3 or are barely in it. Now, in the case of characters like Courtney, this is fine. However, the loss of Nina means Jessica exploring having friendships with Black people, and what that means, dies off. What happened to Sheri after the events of season 2 is just set aside. Heck, even Skye is missing in action, and it just pushes you to wonder what could have been done so we could at least check in with them.

Overall: Positive (Watch This)

One of the main reasons we formerly didn’t give number scores was because they just didn’t make sense. Season 3 of 13 Reasons Why is a prime example for while 83 isn’t that high a number, since 60 is, technically, the lowest, I don’t necessarily feel comfortable giving this the positive label. Don’t get me wrong, season 3 had its moments, and I applaud the work done on Tyler and Bryce’s arc. However, it largely felt like a season that was milking a hit for all it is worth. All the while having this overarching storyline that felt like it had minimal commitment or was supposed to be a bigger deal than it turned out to be.

Yet, as we continue to work out using numbers to back up the rating, I guess we’ll have to admit the good outweighs the disappointments and mediocre. Hence the positive label.

What & When To Expect Season 4 of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why

Has Another Season Been Confirmed?

Yes, the show will end, thankfully, with its 4th season.

What To Expect From The Next Season

With Alex and Jessica killing Bryce, there is the group dealing with Winston, Monty’s lover, possibly revealing Monty didn’t kill Bryce, as Ani, and the others, pushed. For with Monty having sex, all night, with Winston, Monty actually has an alibi. Add in a fisher finding Tyler’s guns, and Alex’s dad knowing about what nearly happened during the Spring Fling, let’s just say the final months of senior year may mean not everyone making it to the graduation stage.

What We’d Like To See From The Next Season

Closure. Thankfully Netflix is now announcing when shows are ending which gives writers the ability to write proper ends. So one can only hope maybe the ghost of Hannah may walk the stage, giving us one last glimpse of Katherine Langford as the character who brought this show the attention it once deserved. Outside of that? Well, considering Clay once made it seem Bryce would haunt him, and Hannah used to, it could be interesting to see them both talk to him as he navigates dating Ani. That is assuming her mother, Amara, doesn’t lose her job since Harrison, Bryce’s grandfather, who she takes care of, might have died at the end of the season.

As for the rest? Well, Chloe and Zach together would be nice, considering he, like Clay, hasn’t really dated much. Maybe Tony graduating, and his family returning from Mexico, could be a touching moment. Justin being sober, Jessica by his side, Tyler maybe reconciling and dating Mackenzie, among other happy things, could be a good send-off for the show.

But, there remains Winston and the guns being found. Which, you know, considering Monty beat the hell out of Winston, and they have seemingly only spent time together having sex, I hope he lets what he knows go. As for those guns? Well, considering karma got Bryce and Monty, Tyler may have to be the sacrificial lamb since you know this show has to have some sort of drama. Well, between that and Alex’s dad dealing with the fact he helped protect his son from prison.

Trying To Shift The Viewer’s Perspective On Bryce & Tyler - 95%
Jessica Getting Her Groove Back - 89%
Chloe’s Abortion - 91%
Ani - 90%
Reminder Clay Isn’t A Saint & Could Easily Be Like Tyler Or Bryce - 80%
Casey & Principal Bolan – Two Sides Of The Same Coin - 75%
The Murder Mystery - 74%
Many of The B-Line Storylines - 73%
The Missing Faces - 72%


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