Netflix is the house of many popular shows, the stories that hook the viewers to their screens, refusing to let go of the hold on them until all episodes have been devoured. ‘13 Reasons Why‘ is one of them. Based on the novel of the same name by Jay Asher, it follows the lives of a group of high school students who go through a tumultuous couple of years. The first season charmed everyone, and the second slacked a lot. But these ups and downs didn’t affect the viewership of the show. The third season returns as the redeeming factor for the story and teases a dark murder mystery. If you haven’t yet seen the show, watch it on Netflix.
Summary of the Plot
The second season ended with Clay standing outside the high school with a gun in his hand while sirens blare in the background. The third season picks up with another problem on the horizon for the teens of Liberty High. With the help of Tony, Clay manages to get rid of the guns and calms down Tyler. He calls on others to help him keep an eye on him, not wanting to repeat the mistake he made with Hannah. The timeline flips back and forth as we find everyone struggling with the aftermath of Tyler’s actions while dealing with Bryce’s death. Once again, they are separated into factions, suspecting each other, yet are tied together by the horrible things that they all suffered through in the past. Despite their faith in each other, they can’t get the question out of their heads: who killed Bryce?
The Ending: Who Killed Bryce Walker?
The third season of ’13 Reasons Why’, much like its previous installments, doesn’t take time to introduce the mystery to the audience. The last season covered the arc of who would take responsibility for their actions and testify in court for Hannah’s case. It ended with Bryce being let off with a meagre punishment, unfit for an unremorseful rapist like him. He is transferred to another school but continues to be a part of the lives of his previous friends in Liberty High. His character goes through an arc where he realises the error of his ways and wishes to make amends, discovering that the world might not be so accepting of him still. Some other secrets fuel the fire between him and other characters who have been through a lot themselves. It all culminates to the point where suppressed emotions erupt violently on the night of the Homecoming. The whole team gets into a hustle and everyone comes out on the other end with bruises and wounds that leave an unerasable mark.
A few days later, Clay discovers that Bryce is missing, when he is called into the station for questioning. Even though everyone wants to believe that Bryce might be passed out somewhere, or might have run off after receiving rebuke from every end, they harbour a common fear in their hearts. What if he is dead? All of them have wanted Bryce dead, at one point or another. In the last season, Clay comes very close to pulling the trigger but is stopped just in time by Justin. Similarly, there are others who have threatened him, openly or latently, and if anything does happen to Bryce, they all have a great many things to lose.
Their worst fears come true when Bryce’s body is recovered from the river. Clay and his friends have gone through a lot of bad things over the course of the first two seasons. They have forged unlikely friendships and have given each other strength to survive all the bad stuff. Hence, it becomes impossible for them to imagine that one of them could have killed Bryce. And yet, suspicions begin to emerge and they question each other’s alibis.