Note: This post contains spoilers for season 2 of 13 Reasons Why. So if you haven’t watched it yet, stop reading, bookmark this post, and come back once you’ve seen it.
I’ll start by saying that I honestly wasn’t a huge fan of 13 Reasons Why when it first aired on Netflix last year. But after Hannah’s death, the show just left me there like, “sooo what now?” so when I heard that a season 2 was in the works, I knew I was going to have to watch it.
As with most things, I was a little late to the party when it came to watching season 2. I don’t know if I was that behind or if everybody else was just that quick because I was reading tweets about the finale before I had even watched the first episode.
So after a few days of binging, I finished season 2. *sigh* By the end of it, I was speechless af. After I had some time to gather myself, I had to recap on the show. And with that, I have some questions and concerns that need addressed like yesterday.
1. What’s going to happen to Clay?
After Tyler’s assault, he officially hits his breaking point. Hiding the incident from his family, he heads to the school dance with guns and ammo he pulls out of a huge chest. I didn’t know how or why it was going to go down, but something told me a while ago that he was going to be driven to follow through with a school shooting.
Tyler goes to the school dance loaded up with guns and ammo but is stopped in his tracks by Clay before he can even get into the school. Let’s first address the fact that I really don’t think that if you’re faced with an active shooter situation, that you should approach the shooter and stand directly in their path. It was cool for Hollywood dramatics, but that could have and likely would have ended very differently in real life.
Tyler ultimately decides not to go through with it and rides off with Tony right before the police get there. As we hear sirens approaching, we see Clay standing there holding the gun. How is he going to explain this one? Is he going to tell them it’s Tyler’s? Will he get arrested?
2. What’s going to happen to Tyler?
Tyler has dealt with so much throughout this show. As hard as it was to witness, it’s even harder for those who have to endure it. Bullying in schools is real and the show gives us a heartbreaking look at what these kids experience and how far it can go.
Luckily, Clay was able to talk Tyler out of the shooting, but now what? Is he going to tell his parents about what happened? Tyler has been dealing with a whole lot and is going to need some professional help to deal with all if this. Is he going to get it? I love Tyler and I really just need to see him catch a break.
3. Is Jessica going to be involved in a love triangle?
I was #TeamJustin all the way up until the night of Jessica’s rape. He seriously dropped the ball and there was just no coming back from it. But as the season progressed, I started to believe that he truly was sorry for what happened. Still, Jess wasn’t having it. Understandable.
Alex wasn’t totally innocent either. He had his fair share or immature antics in season 1 when it came to Jess and Hannah, so he was cancelled at one point, too. But I was here for their reunion and a potential relationship after she agreed to go to the dance with him.
Well cue the screeching brakes on that one because Jess couldn’t resist Justin when she saw him sitting alone in the locker room at the dance and they end up hooking up. *face palm* Poor Alex. Where do we go from here? Messy, messy.
4. What is Chloe going to do about the baby?
Chloe’s pregnancy was another event that I didn’t see coming. I was also a little surprised that they revealed it in a quick bathroom exchange rather than a more dramatic, in-depth scene. But here we are. Is this why she was so loyal to Bryce despite all the evidence pointing to him?
Not only is Chloe’s baby daddy a scumbag, serial rapist, but he is not going to be in support of this pregnancy. It would affect his athletic career and get in the way of things like vacations to Italy and we can’t have that. So now what? Will she keep the baby? Will she even tell Bryce?
5. Is Meth Seth coming after Justin?
At Hannah’s wake, Clay tells Justin that his family wants to adopt him. Somebody grab some tissues. I was really hoping for this one. Like I said, Justin was cancelled after not saving Jess the night of the party. But as season 2 progressed, I started to have more of a soft spot for Justin and wanted him to actually have a good home and a family that cared about him. So when Clay delivered the news, I was more than excited.
*Record scratch* We barely got to enjoy the moment for two minutes when Justin’s mom’s boyfriend, Meth Seth stops in front of the coffee shop watching them talk, looking real shady. Then, he rides off and we don’t see or hear anything else about it. To me, this was one of the biggest clues that there’s going to be a season 3 because what was that supposed to mean? Is he going to get him for stealing his money? If there is a season 3, one thing we know for sure is that Meth Seth is not going to let Justin be great.
6. Is Monty going to face any consequences?
I think we can all agree that by now, Bryce’s sidekick Montgomery de la Cruz has surpassed Bryce for the position of most-hated character. Timothy Granderos, the actor who plays Monty, has been receiving death threats from fans on his Instagram posts, prompting his co-stars to use the hashtag #timisnotmonty when taking pictures with him because people are that upset. The most obvious root of viewers’ hatred for him stems from his sadistic assault on Tyler, but also for the harassment campaign he went on to intimidate everyone into not testifying at Hannah’s trial. (I had a small feeling it was him the whole time because Bryce was just too obvious.)
Tyler hid the incident from his parents, but now that he accepted Clay’s pleas and decided not to run his life into the ground by following through with the school shooting, does this mean he’ll also accept getting the help he needs? Because that would most likely mean reporting Monty and the pursuit of criminal charges. If they only have a season 3 for one single episode where Tyler gets revenge on Monty and/or he faces the consequences he truly deserves, then I’ll be satisfied. It was bad enough that Bryce got let go with a slap on the wrist. Not Monty, too.
7. Is this the end of Mr. Porter’s story?
After watching season 1, I didn’t fully understand why Mr. Porter got a tape. I’m thinking, “he tried to help Hannah, but she left! What more was he supposed to do?!” But everything came full circle during season 2, specifically during his testimony at the trial. Bring those tissues back. As Mr. Porter was speaking, they showed a flashback of how the encounter with Hannah could have, and honestly should have, gone if he would have responded differently and it was so eye-opening.
Mr. Porter did drop the ball and for that, he lost his job. Nobody gets it right all of the time, but this time, there was just too much at stake. Even though he may not have responded to Hannah in the best way, I do feel like he truly cared about those kids and I was sad to see him go. Not only is the principal a jerk, but maybe he really didn’t receive the proper training for the job. Either way, I think he’s a good-hearted, valuable person with a lot to offer those kids and I’m not ready to see him go. Will this be the last we see of him? What if he ends up going to the same school Bryce is transferring to? Ooooh, that would be crazy.
8. Will there be an 11 Reasons Why Not spin-off?
At Hannah’s wake, her mom, Olivia, shares with Clay a document that Hannah created when she was alive titled “11 Reasons Why Not” listing the reasons she came up with to not end her life. When battling suicidal thoughts, there are always, always, always more reasons why not.
We got a very brief look at Hannah’s reasons why not as Clay and Olivia were reading over the list, but I would like to see more of it. I think it would be cool for there to be a spin-off focusing on Hannah’s 11 reasons and how things would have gone if she had chosen not to follow through with her suicide. I’m sure the idea has crossed the minds of producers, but will this be something that actually comes to fruition? Only time will tell.
9. Was the graphic nature of Tyler’s assault really necessary?
Okay. Let’s talk about one of the most, if not the most, controversial scenes of the show: Tyler’s brutal physical assault and rape in the finale. The scene definitely stirred up some strong, but mixed emotions among viewers. It didn’t exactly come easy for Timothy Granaderos either who had to emotionally prepare for the scene.
Some felt the graphic nature of the scene was unnecessary, traumatizing, and over the top.
has anyone watched the finale for 13 reasons why season 2?????
WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT SHIT AT THE FOURTY MINUTE MARK HOLY FUCKING SHIT.
that was too fucking far. i am sick to my stomach.
— Jessie Rehwald (@jessierehwald) May 23, 2018
Others felt like it was was a harsh, but honest and necessary look at what some kids face every day.
My unpopular opinion: The finale of 13 Reasons Why ft. Tyler’s bathroom scene was intense and difficult to watch, but so needed. The idea that men, too, can be sexually assaulted is a hard pill to swallow. Those sort of things really do happen, even if we have never witnessed it.
— Rayann Remick (@rayanncassidy) May 23, 2018
Devin Druid, the actor who plays Tyler, shared his thoughts about it on Twitter saying, ” So heartbreaking, yet so powerful. Loud, inspirational voices. Let’s further the conversation.” After his words, he also included a link to a thread on Reddit, a social community website some refer to as “the front page of the Internet”, titled “Men can’t get raped.”
So heart breaking, yet so powerful. Loud,. inspirational voices. Let’s further the conversation.https://t.co/eAhoiJcOHF
— DEVINDRUID (@DevinDruid) May 30, 2018
Brian Yorkey, the show’s creator and executive producer, opened up about the decision to include the scene and the reasoning behind doing so both in statements given to the media and in the one-hour special, 13 Reasons Why: Beyond the Reasons, immediately following the show’s final episode on Netflix. Aside from further connecting us with Tyler’s character, his thinking was along the lines of, “as hard as it was for you to watch, imagine what it’s like for those who endure it. These things do happen and we have to tell real stories no matter how ugly they are.”
And I get it, I do. But personally, I just think the scene was too much. I didn’t even watch most of it and wish I could unsee even that much. In no way am I ignorant to the issues of bullying, rape and sexual assault (among both men and women), and other issues kids are facing in schools and the severity of these cases.
I think 13 Reasons Why did a great job of shedding light on these important topics and getting people to engage in conversation about it. But at this point, I had to question whether this particular scene was truly for awareness or for Hollywood shock value. Either way, it sure got people talking so mission accomplished. What did you think about it? Over the top or a necessary depiction of a harsh reality?
At this point, I’m just kind of over 13 Reasons Why. The trial is over, the funeral is over, Bryce answers for what he did (barely), Hannah’s spirit disappears into the light and we all get some closure.
To be completely honest, I really don’t want there to be a season 3. I’m ready to just cut the ties with the show. But with all of these unanswered questions, how could there not be a season 3? Season 2 ended with so much story left to tell and I’m confident they won’t leave us hanging. I guess we’ll find out in 2019. In the meantime, Riverdale, Power, and Insecure are up next.
Liked it? Pin it! ⇣