MAJOR Spoiler Alert! This post contains details about season 1 of 13 Reasons Why.
13 Reasons Why was one of the most talked-about shows of 2017. Based upon the young adult novel of the same name, the series follows high school student Hannah Baker, a young woman who takes her own life. Two weeks after her death, her classmate Clay finds a mysterious box on his porch. Inside are cassette recordings made by Hannah in which she explains the 13 reasons why she committed suicide.
A heartbreaking story of bullying and depression, and experiences with suicide, sexual abuse and despair, the series has opened up a dialogue — often controversial — between parents and teens. The book’s story line is complete, but the series continues leaving fans guessing what’s next.
1. Justice For Hannah And Jessica?
The biggest unanswered question is whether Hannah and Jessica get the justice they deserve. Between Hannah’s tapes being uncovered (by both her parents and Mr. Porter), the civil trial and Jessica opening up to her father, it appears that Bryce will be exposed as a sexual predator. Will Hannah and Jessica finally get justice?
2. Clay Moves On
Hannah’s death and 13 tapes torture Clay throughout the series. By the end, he feels that he’s done what he feels is right — handing off the tapes to Mr. Porter. We see he reunites with Skye and Tony and appears to be returning to some sense of normalcy. But with a civil trial and so many unanswered questions, can Clay really be just a regular, happy teenager?
3. Bryce Gets His Punishment
Bryce knows what he did to Hannah; he even admitted it on what becomes tape 14. But coming from a rich and privileged background, will he be truly punished? 13 Reasons Why has shown that people don’t often do the right thing and it’s unclear whether the rich, popular jock will get his day in court.
4. Skye and Tony
Tony has proved to be a true friend to Clay all season. With Tony, his boyfriend and Skye by his side, Clay may actually have found a new crew of loving and supportive friends.
Skye is a confident, tough-talking girl who is dealing with a LOT of stuff. Clay reveals that she’s been self-harming. This is an issue many fans want the show to delve into.
6. Will Alex Survive?
One of Hannah’s first friend was Alex Standall. A member of the “FML” crew, he betrayed her with his “hot or not” list. By the last episode, he’s so guilt-ridden by his actions — and the selfishness of his classmates — that he shoots himself in the head. He’s in critical condition and fans wonder what his fate will be.
7. Jessica and Justin 4Ever
Jessica and Justin started off as the perfect high school couple. By the end of the season, Justin’s complicity in Jessica’s sexual assault comes to light. Both are spiraling out of control. He still loves her more than anything—and even offers to kill Bryce as a form of retaliation— but she wants to never see him again, leaving fans wondering: what will happen to the couple? Can they reconcile or is it truly over?
8. Tyler’s Gun
Tyler’s weapon throughout the series is his camera. His voyeurism is one of the things that pushed Hannah over the edge. But we see a glimpse of him hiding a gun in his bedroom. Will the bullied photographer use it for retribution, or, as some have predicted, was his gun used in Alex’s shooting?
9. What About Hannah Baker?
The premise of 13 Reasons Why is based upon Hannah telling her story in 13 tapes. Those tapes — and Clay’s 14th tape — have been heard. The show has confirmed that she will be back but what role will Hannah Baker play in season 2?
10. A New Voice
If Hannah’s reasons have been told, will the story shift to have another character continue the conversation? Some have already predicted that it could be Alex, either beyond the grave or while in critical condition.
Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why is scheduled to drop on Netflix in 2018.