13 Reasons Why, based on Jay Asher’s YA Novel of the same name, has flirted with controversial topics ever since its season one debut — tackling subjects like mental health, suicide, rape, racism, sexism, bullying, homophobia, murder, and substance abuse. So what’s in store for the drama’s fourth and final season?
One of the show’s leads, Devin Druid, who plays Tyler Down, delves into how this season will differ from its predecessors. The series will place a large emphasis on trauma and the psychological repercussions of keeping secrets, rather than “a central catalyst” that serves as motivation for their actions.
Speaking with TV Line Druid says, “The story comes from how they react to all of that. So it kind of goes the opposite way, which I think is really fun.” The Liberty High gang will certainly have their hands full in the wake of Monty de la Cruz (Timothy Granaderos) and Bryce Walker’s (Justin Prentice) deaths.
For Tyler, his fears revolve around whether or not the school or authorities will discover he was responsible for bringing an assault rifle to the school’s dance in season 2. “We did see those guns being pulled out of the water at the end of season 3,” Druid recalled. “If something like that were to get brought back into play, that would certainly be traumatizing for Tyler. It would also threaten everything he has worked on and built towards in order to make things right.”
Showrunner Brian Yorkey has already revealed to fans that the series will come to a close after the fourth season – wanting to keep the show’s message from being watered down. He also admits that he’s “always a little suspicious of high school shows that go beyond” four seasons.
“Bringing these characters to their graduation and scattering to their next things felt like the logical ending point,” he stated. “So for a long time, the idea has been, should we be so lucky to have the opportunity, we would do four seasons of this. So certainly going into season four, we knew it was the end.”
13 Reasons Why dropped today (June 5th) And is now available on Netflix.