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13 Reasons Why and the Neverending Controversy

(Contains spoiler for all seasons of 13 Reasons Why.)

13 Reason’s Why has been one of the most controversial shows to have sprung up over the last year. The first season was criticized for graphic depictions of sexual assault, as well as the suicide scene of character Hannah Baker, of which the previous scene was recently removed from the show.¬†Enter stage right, and we have season three. For a show that uses its base as a series that portrays the real lives of high school students, it’s neither entirely wrong but also hyperbolized to the point it can be difficult to take seriously.

Season three went down a road that I was not expecting, with the series villain and serial rapist Bryce Walker stepping into the spotlight. It wasn’t all that surprising, the season was marketed as a murder mystery with the goal of discovering who killed Bryce, and given the series has been based on multiple storylines and usually two timelines occurring as the characters progress in the current time storyline with the past storyline being used to add context to the current events (yes, it’s very confusing and not very well handled) it makes sense that the kids who died will play a big role.

What I found so surprising is that we find Bryce, the series villain to this point, working towards redemption. Even more so surprising, was that is story was probably the most well-written of the third season, alongside Tyler Down coming to term with his own trauma and Tony’s experience with ICE and the effect of deportation on the children of immigrants. Jessica Davis has a cliche storyline where she goes to war with the male athletes. Clay’s charm wear’s off and his presence is relatively uneventful. There were a lot of hits and misses this season.

I was initially shocked when I realized they decided on the redemption route for Bryce. This is a character that has been portrayed as nothing but a monster up until this point, but I suppose it makes sense. This season is all about humanizing. We see the main characters make monstrous decisions to protect their friends and the characters previously seen as villains take on new roles. It makes the series gray, and by the end, it’s tough to say if any character is entirely good or entirely bad.

The ending is somber. Bryce spends the season in counseling and even listens to Hannah’s tapes for the first time, and eventually acknowledges his wrongdoings in full capacity. He isn’t perfect, and his character is still flawed, but for an individual that many wanted dead, his death feels empty and almost meaningless.

Creatively, it was simultaneously the least impressive season for some characters and a great season for very select few. It was also the most human storyline and one that’s full of hard and uncomfortable truths, and such is life.

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Hello! My name is Jordan but you can call me Jordy! I'm an aspiring young writer/creator who focuses primarily on video arts such as movies and video games, as well as anything else that catches my attention. I'm a pretty mellow, introverted guy but I welcome conversation so feel free to reach out! Thank you for taking the time to read this!

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