13 Reasons Why

If you haven’t seen the series finale (and you’re interested in watching the show), please refrain from reading further.

This was based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

The show explores a wide scale of social issues affecting the youth of today, including suicide, sexual assault, bullying, jock culture, racism, domestic violence, homophobia, HIV, abortion, deportation, mental health, school shootings, divorce, bad childhood.

I will describe how the seasons went by BUT my actual comments and reactions are the ones on the image.

The series revolves around the lives of teenagers at the fictional Liberty High School. During the first season, Clay Jensen, a junior at Liberty, receives a set of seven tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his friend and crush who committed suicide. On these tapes, Hannah narrates her deeply emotional revelations, detailing the 13 reasons why she killed herself, with each person being represented on a tape (except for Justin Foley, Hannah’s first boyfriend, who appears twice).

The second season focused on the lawsuit Hannah’s parents filed against the school. More revelations unfolded as each person on the  tapes were called to trial. It ends with an extremely disturbing and controversial assault scene involving Tyler Down from the hands of Montgomery Dela Cruz and crew. With this traumatic experience, he decides to massacre the school at the Spring Fling before being talked out of it by Clay. Tony helped him dispose the guns.

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Season three is set eight months after the end of season two. Clay and his friends struggle to cope with their cover-up of Tyler’s attempted massacre at the Spring Fling, while helping him towards recovery. However, tensions reached its peak during Liberty High’s Homecoming game, which results in the murder of former Liberty High School student Bryce Walker, of which Clay has become the main suspect. 

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Season four has displayed significant deterioration of Clay’s mental health due to the unfortunate events of previous seasons. The football team tried to clean Monty’s name for Bryce’s murder. Liberty also enacts tighter security measures at campus which causes racial profiling of students of color. The administration conducts a highly triggering active shooter drill which causes the students to have a nervous breakdown and later causes a violent confrontation between the police and Liberty students. The season ends with the untimely demise of a beloved character and the main crew’s graduation from Liberty.

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I leave you with this video, this was Hannah and Clay’s dance (The Night We Met by Lord Huron):

Trivia: This song was also used for the TV series, The Affair (scene by the beach).

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