It seems like 13 Reasons Why's third season was *just* released on Netflix, but production has already started on the controversial teen drama's final season. Season three weirdly left us with more answers than questions, but fans have already begun buzzing about with their 13 Reasons Why season four theories online, making us wonder how many of season three's revelations were too good to be true. Spoilers abound below for 13 Reasons Why's third season, so proceed with caution if you haven't finished the Netflix hit and prepare to have your mind blown.
Fans didn't *love* the addition of a new narrator on 13 Reasons Why's third season. Baring in mind that disliking a fictional television character doesn't give anyone the right to send actress Grace Saif online hate, Elite Daily outlined why fans think Ani Achola won't be returning for 13 Reasons Why season four. Ani came to Liberty High because her mother was working as the live-in nurse for Bryce Walker's grandfather. Now that Mr. Walker has died, writers could easily write out this unpopular character by explaining that Ani's mom had to find a new patient, leading Ani to transfer high schools yet again.
In television logic, if you didn't see a character death on-screen, they're not really dead. Heavy explained that viewers on Twitter found Monty's off-screen murder suspicious, especially when 13 Reasons Why showed a minor character, Jeff, die on-screen earlier during the season. With Ani's half-baked story about Monty's guilt and Winston ready to blow the case wide open, Monty's return aligns perfectly with how 13 Reasons Why has handled similar past cliffhangers. Catch Monty coming back from the witness protection program midway through 13 Reasons Why season four.
We're not sure about Monty's fate, but Bryce Walker is definitely dead and gone. After a strangely redemptive season for the serial rapist, we've seen the last of Bryce, but we may not have *heard* the last of him. Reddit user matthew-onreddit thinks Bryce Walker left 13 tapes, not just the final confession he handed to Jessica detailing his past crimes and subsequent guilt. With 13 Reasons Why season four acting as the teen drama's final bow, Bryce's 13 tapes acting as a season anchor would bring the series full-circle.
Teen Vogue's 13 Reasons Why season three recap asked the final question, will Ani and Clay start dating? We're going on out a limb here and answering with a resounding affirmative. If Ani isn't written off 13 Reasons Why for its final season, we can expect Ani and Clay's relationship to take center stage. It's about time Clay Jensen got lucky in love on the show, and Ani told her mother she was dating Clay during season three's final episode. We'd rather see Clay find happiness for once than waste time on another will-they, won't-they pairing that takes away from questions we've been asking since the first season.
Another question posed by Teen Vogue asks about 13 Reasons Why season three's only actual cliffhanger. A fisherman found Tyler's cache of guns in the river, which could cause some troubles for the newly recovered character. If the authorities realize Tyler planned to commit that "false alarm" shooting or that Tyler's friends were instrumental in its cover-up, 13 Reasons Why will become Orange Is The New Black season eight. Nothing stays secret at Liberty High for long.
We're hoping the show just leaves Tyler alone, and Redditor RayRay_Hessel raises some valid points about why the guns might not be the huge problem we're anticipating. The guns likely weren't registered to Tyler, who easily could have bought his arsenal from some shady dude on the internet, and the river water would have washed away any fingerprints left on the firearms. We definitely need stricter gun control laws, and revealing how a mentally disturbed teen got his hands on so many guns in the first place could illustrate how easy it is for mal-intentioned individuals to get their hands on weapons of mass destruction in the U.S. Assuming he didn't engrave "Tyler Wuz Here" on their handles, this cliffhanger could be a red herring.
We're really, really hoping this theory from Reddit user FutureAllStar is wrong. Justin Foley is a fan-favorite character, but his popularity could make him the target of an eleventh-hour death. With 13 Reasons Why entering its final season, someone important is going to die on season four — if you need more convincing on that, just look at the series' last three seasons. Justin has become like a brother to Clay and a son to the Jensens, is close with Tyler, and has reignited his relationship with Jessica, all while continuing his opiate dependency. FutureAllStar theorizes that Justin's guilt over not protecting Jessica before her arrest will send him to a dark place, either overdosing purposefully or falling deeper into his addiction and OD-ing on accident.
On a happier note, Redditor ussbaney sees Justin living happily ever after. Admitting 13 Reasons Why season four is leading to a character death, with Justin looking poised for tragedy, ussbaney predicts that 13 Reasons Why could end with a flash-forward to Clay and Justin's college graduation, implying that Justin joined the university football team. Another commenter thinks Tyler, Tony, Justin, and Clay will be saved from whatever final reckoning the writers have planned because they've got good karma coming to them, unlike Alex and Zach.
Speaking of TV karma, almost every character on 13 Reasons Why should probably be in jail. We've spent three seasons watching these teens commit multiple felonies and misdemeanors without legal repercussions, and it would be insane if *no one* was rightfully sent to the big house. Dodo-Actual's post asking for the FBI to join 13 Reasons Why season four looks like a sh*tpost, but once we started thinking about it, bringing in federal agents to investigate Bryce's death or Tyler's guns could finally bring someone to justice. Literally, anyone.
Redditor JWK9 thinks Justin would do anything for Clay. That sounded heartwarming until the commenter continued by saying Justin could have asked Seth to orchestrate Monty's murder. Justin hung around some shady people during 13 Reasons Why's third season, and although Seth went to jail for violating his parole, it could have been conceived as part of a bigger plan. Viewers were led to believe Justin only asked Seth to kill a dealer with information on Justin's whereabouts, but Seth could've done two favors for his pseudo stepson off-screen.
Reddit user younggtai posted a detailed theory on 13 Reasons Why's fourth season, including a throw-away line about how Justin could be killed by Alex. Younggtai agrees with other commenters that Justin is likely not long for this world, but instead of overdosing, he could be killed by Alex or Seth. Seth has been proven to be a terrible person, but Alex's descent into literal murder makes him capable of anything. ExtremeArrival thinks Alex will definitely kill *someone* next season or seriously injure Jessica, which will be the lead characters' consequences for covering up his violent crime. With the Alex-Jessica-Justin triangle culminating in Justin's favor, there's no telling what a broken-hearted murderer will do.
If Alex doesn't kill another character, he might die by suicide. 13 Reasons Why's first season ended by implying that Alex had attempted suicide and although that was another red herring, it clearly wasn't out of the realm of possibility for Alex to take his own life. In another full-circle moment for the show, susanoo_official on Reddit thinks its more likely for Alex to harm himself than Justin to overdose. If Alex's father loses his job or gets arrested for taking part in a murder cover-up, Alex's guilt could put him over the edge.
13 Reasons Why season three's treatment of Bryce Walker was the last place we expected the Netflix Original to go. Now that 13 Reasons Why has established a precedent of humanizing even its most despicable characters, it's possible the doomed Monty could get the Bryce Walker treatment during 13 Reasons Why season four. Redditor 26muel commented that the show could paint Monty as an abuse victim to explain his issues with sexual violence and closeted sexuality after demonizing him so thoroughly. As 26muel put it, 13 Reasons Why doesn't do perfect victims, and they don't do one-note villains, either.
We saw Alex and Jessica watch Bryce drown, but Reddit user speedx77 is pretty sure there's more to Bryce's murder than we've been led to believe. Ani's pathological lies and homecoming disappearance coupled with the blunt trauma on the back of Bryce's head birthed speedx77's theory that Ani is guilty of Bryce's murder, pointing to the seemingly happy endings for our characters during season three as the calm before a greater storm. This Redditor also sees Clay's unease during the season's coffee shop denouement as evidence that he knows something is off.
Redditor Zabboon noticed that 13 Reasons Why season four is filming at a university. While this could lead to many different storylines, the "Welcome Liberty High Students" sign and extras' winter coats could imply that 13 Reasons Why's young characters are attending a college orientation (or, more likely, a college visit). Drawing on the show's original focus of rape culture and the American university system's gigantic rape culture problem, it would make sense for a character to be sexually assaulted while visiting a school, setting up 13 Reasons Why season four's central mystery.
The last thing these teens need is a run-in with the cartel, but it looks like that mess is exactly what our anti-heroes will get during 13 Reasons Why season four. Muchomanga posted on Reddit about Tony's fingerprints possibly being found on the gun cache, leading to the cartel's assumption that Tony is plotting something and sending hitmen after him at the gym. A thread started by imnohelp2u expands on this, theorizing that Tony talked to the cartel off-screen at the docks and that the cartel has been cutting drugs (like Justin's) with more powerful opioids, causing Justin's overdose.
Where TF is Sheri? She came back from juvie a mature, well-meaning young woman who helped Clay, Tony, and Justin throughout season two and was featured during the season finale's montage of women describing non-consensual sexual encounters during Bryce's sentences. She isn't seen again, even at Hannah's funeral, and her absence was never explained. Both edud23 and permafrost6 on Reddit expressed a desire for Sheri to return, either to finally get closure or to have a relationship with Clay. Edud23 doesn't think it's *likely* that Sheri will come back, but we can dream.
If Ani leaves, someone new will have to take over as 13 Reasons Why's final narrator. Redditor wy96 doesn't think Hannah will return as the series' voice or that the job will fall on an existing character. wy96 theorizes it will be a new character that had always been involved on previous seasons but went unnoticed, like a randomly connected classmate at Liberty High who'd stayed off the series leads' radar. Edud23 agreed that a new character will be introduced and take way too much airtime from the other character, like becoming our window into the lives of Liberty High's biggest problem children.
The biggest question that 13 Reasons Why season four will have to answer is Clay's fate. Although the series revolved around Hannah Baker's tapes, it was Clay's relationship with Hannah and his reactions to the tapes that drove our story. Although the series has expanded to focus more on the show's more troubled characters, Clay's closure should come front and center for 13 Reasons Why's final season. Wallflower_in_PDX posted that the fourth season should finally address Clay's deteriorating mental health shown through his continued hallucinations, first of Hannah and later of Bryce. Reddit commenter aagaash2001 expands on this idea by positing that the final mystery could center around Clay having a mental breakdown and disappearing.
Moving in an entirely different direction, Redditor deadfly1 thinks 13 Reasons Why's final season will aim at Clay becoming a therapist or a school counselor... if he doesn't have that pesky mental breakdown, which deadfly1 also mentions as a possibility. Commenter frombrianna2briemode adds that Mr. Porter could become Clay's mentor and that Clay could finally get closure by forgiving Mr. Porter for his mistakes in the end. Neither poster thinks this would be a particularly appealing ending for 13 Reasons Why's audience, but that just makes it seem like a more likely finale.