Who killed Bryce Walker? The main antagonist of Netflix, show 13 Reasons Why, has been murdered, as revealed by its Season 3 teaser trailer — released on 1st August along with the URL whokilledbrycewalker.com — as the show is scheduled to return on 23rd August. Seasons 1 and 2 of 13 Reasons Why revolved around the suicide of Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), a seventeen-year old student at Liberty High School, who leaves behind thirteen tapes as a suicide note, detailing her distressing experiences with the students at her school. Clay Jensen (Dylan Christopher Minnette), her friend and classmate, who has a crush on her, finds a mysterious box on his porch with the recordings and discovers the reasons why Hannah took her own life.
Season 2 of the series revolved around a court case filed by Hannah’s parents against her school for not taking adequate measures against the bullying that Hannah was subjected to and even reported to the school’s counsellor. At the end of the second season, one of Hannah’s classmates, Bryce Walker (Justin Prentice) does not face any consequences for raping her. He is found guilty of committing sexual assault against Hannah’s best friend Jessica (Alisha Boe), but due to his wealth and privileged background, he is given just three months probation as punishment, on the pretext that he is still a minor. Bryce is also able to transfer school and start over.
For the viewers disappointed by the end of Season 2, the makers now seem to be moving to another track to make Bryce pay for his crimes. The third season is focusing on Bryce’s murder and its trailer reminds one of shows like Riverdale and Pretty Little Liars. The teaser, with an eerie background, reveals how several of Bryce’s classmates have reasons to kill him. His grieving mother is seen asking questions. The setting is dark and gloomy, with the cast appearing in black, while attending a funeral. A voiceover says, “Here’s the thing about Liberty High. They’re connected by their secrets. Connected and forever changed.”
Season 3. August 23. pic.twitter.com/nLCSn7dFqo— 13 Reasons Why (@13ReasonsWhy) August 1, 2019
The third season’s logline is as follows, “Eight months after preventing Tyler from committing an unthinkable act at Spring Fling, Clay, Tony, Jessica, Alex, Justin, and Zach find ways to shoulder the burden of the cover-up together while helping Tyler move toward recovery. But when the aftermath of a tumultuous Homecoming game culminates in the disappearance of a football player, and Clay finds himself under police scrutiny, it’s up to a shrewd outsider to steer the group through an investigation that threatens to lay bare everyone’s deepest secrets. The stakes are raised in this riveting third season of 13 Reasons Why, as the consequences of even the most well-intended actions can alter a life forever.”
13 Reasons Why Controversies
The show — created by Brian Yorkey and based on a novel with the same by Jay Asher — has been in the middle of several controversies since it was first aired in 2017. The first season depicted Hannah’s suicide in graphic detail which many people found highly upsetting. Both seasons touch on sensitive topics and show violence; Season 2 also included a very graphic depiction of a rape scene. With the criticism directed at the show, several research studies have been conducted on its negative impact, particularly on young and impressionable viewers. In response to the criticism, Netflix recently announced that the scene of Hannah’s suicide has now been modified. Brian said this has been done to “help the show do the most good for the most people while mitigating any risk for especially vulnerable young viewers.” The makers also have a dedicated website — https://13reasonswhy.info — to help young people who are contemplating suicide.