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.


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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

Clay

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.

Jessica

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.

Alex

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.

Justin

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.

Bryce

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.

Ani

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.

Zach

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.

Tyler

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.

Tony

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

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.

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