13 Reasons Why could never be described as an upbeat show and starting season four with an opening scene taking place at another funeral gives a good indication of where the final season is going. It appears not much has changed at Liberty High.
Initially based on the young adult novel “13 Reasons Why” by author Jay Asher, the first season focused on the main character, Clay Jensen, and the suicide of Hannah Baker. Although Asher has never released a follow up to the story, the show’s popularity brought a thirst to see more of the characters and to find out what happens to them after the reasons for Hannah’s death are revealed.
The recently deceased isn’t revealed and most likely won’t be until the 10th and final episode of the season. As in the three previous seasons, the biggest reveals are held until the very end. The funeral scene ends and cuts to six months prior.
The fourth season of the series will be the final and from the first episode, it seems that it will be as dark as the previous three. Trigger warnings will appear before every episode, advising that sex, violence and other circumstances will occur and those sensitive to the subjects should take care. Information on a suicide hotline and website are also given.
The series has never held back on commenting on difficult issues and isn’t about to now. Rape, alcoholism, and drug addiction are just a few of the subjects the series has addressed.
The entirety of season three was spent on the disappearance and murder Bryce Walker, the rapist of Hannah in season one. It was revealed at the end of the season that Alex Standall committed the murder during a fit of rage. The friends devised a cover for Alex, leading police, including Alex’s sheriff father, to believe that fellow football player and rapist, Montgomery (Monty) de la Cruz, committed the murder. While being investigated, he was killed in his jail cell.
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They thought they had gotten away with the plot, but it seems Monty had a friend who could vouch for his whereabouts the night of the murder.
Monty hid a lot about himself from people that knew him, including the fact that he was a homosexual. The night of the murder, he was with rival school photographer Winston Williams.
Winston knows Monty could not have murdered Bryce and that the group from Liberty High has covered up for the true killer. What he plans to do with the information isn’t certain yet.
The cover-up is still haunting the friends in season 4.
Clay is suffering from severe anxiety attacks and seeing hallucinations, where it appears that Monty is still alive and looking for revenge. Episode one shows him ready to break at any point and only seeming to draw strength when acting as a protector for his friends.
It’s understandable why Clay is struggling. As mentioned in the first season, he had some therapy when he was younger, and what the character has gone through since Hannah’s death would be daunting for anyone, especially a teen. This season sees him going back into therapy, with new character Dr. Robert Ellman played by Gary Sinise.
The delusions during this episode are occurring often and are extreme, which may cause some confusion for fans, wondering how those around him are missing the events and not stepping in. Early in the episode, his father breaks a glass, and Clay cuts himself on purpose, but that was missed by those around him and not mentioned again. The scene brought back memories of Hannah’s suicide.
Justin, Clay’s adoptive brother, has been recently released from rehab and breaks it off with Jessica to focus on his recovery. Time will tell if he remains sober. This season he seems to be more determined than when he’s made previous attempts.
Jessica seems to also be suffering from delusions, seeing Bryce when burning the tape he gave her on the night of his death. She mentions that it is the only remaining copy, but the recording shows up again later in the episode.
Ani, who helped coordinate the cover-up in season 3 and now Clay’s girlfriend, has moved into Jessica’s house because her mother took on another job in Oakland, allowing Ani to finish up her senior year at Liberty, a move she may regret.
Zach seems to be drowning his stress in alcohol, showing up at the party celebrating Justin’s sobriety drunk. Considering that Zach appeared to be the most stable in previous seasons, it should be interesting to see where his story goes.
Alex, who became close with Zach in season 2 after trying to commit suicide at the end of season one, is still close with Zach, but revealed his true feelings about him at the end of the first episode this season, by kissing Zach. Zach kindly rebuffed him and the two continued to hang out.
The story has moved far away from the first season, with some fans feeling that the first should have been the last.
The next nine episodes will reveal what Winston plans to do in defense of his former lover and viewers will find out who’s funeral was being held during the opening scene. Based on previous seasons, a happy ending is far from guaranteed, either for the characters or the fans.
What did you think of the first episode of the season? Let us know in the comments!
It’s possible the series will return in the spring/summer of 2021.
The upcoming season will see a handful of familiar faces including Samu (Itzan Escamilla), Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau), Omar (Omar Ayuso), Rebeca (Claudia Salas), and Ander (Aron Piper) as they were held back due to their shenanigans. The drama will also welcome new students Manu Ríos , Carla Díaz , Martina Cariddi and Pol Granch to shake things up.
Deadline also reports that the fifth season has added Argentinan actress Valentina Zenere (Soy Luna) and Brazilan actor André Lamoglia (Juacas) to its cast.
2021 is flying by, and I have to credit the fact that there has been so much good television available!
Despite COVID-19 still holding a grasp on the world, plenty of our favorite TV shows were able to return to production and deliver outstanding seasons that are keeping us entertained every single day of the week.
March sees a return of some favorites on primetime along with some new additions to streaming.
Here’s everything to watch on March 2021:
Debris – NBC (March 1)
Calling all sci-fi fans! Two international agents are tasked with investigating mysterious wreckage that falls from the sky. As British agent Finola Jones and American agent Bryan Beneventi lead the charge to track down all the debris scattered across the Western Hemisphere, they realize it’s a race against time!
The Voice – NBC (March 1)
The singing competition returns for season 20 with Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, John Legend, and Kelly Clarkson at the helm!
Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell – Netflix (March 1)
The documentary on famed rapper The Notorious B.I.G. celebrates his life and tracks his journey to rap king alongside rare footage and in-depth interviews.
New Amsterdam – NBC (March 2)
With the pandemic still in full-swing, season 3 kicks off with a plane crash in the East River.
Wandavision – Disney Plus (March 5)
One of the longest episodes of the season marks the season finale of the series as it embarks into full MCU territory.
GoodGirls – NBC (March 7)
Your favorite suburban criminals are back for season 4! Beth, Ruby, and Annie continue their life of crime by pouring themselves into Boland Bubbles to wash money for “homeboy.” With the FBI hot on their trail, will they find a way to stay above water?
Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy – ABC (March 11)
After going on hiatus in December, the Shondaland shows return with a crossover that tackles the issue of human trafficking.
A Million Little Things – ABC (March 11)
After a nearly three-month wait, A Million Little Things is finally getting new episodes and it’s going to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the synopsis: “As [the virus] becomes more widespread across the U.S., Boston goes into lockdown putting Rome’s movie in jeopardy and forcing Maggie to return home from Oxford. Because the hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, Eddie’s back surgery is cancelled, leading him to take desperate measures to cope with the severe pain.
Love Alarm – Netflix (March 12)
The popular K-drama about an app that alerts people if someone in the area likes them returns for its second season on Netflix!
Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal – Netflix (March 17)
You’re familiar with the college bribery scandal that brought down Aunt Becky and other wealthy parents who stopped at nothing to get their children into top-tier universities. The documentary synopsis reads: “Using an innovative combination of interviews and narrative recreations of the FBI’s wiretapped conversations between Singer and his clients, Operation Varsity Blues offers a rare glimpse into the enigmatic figure behind a scheme that exposed the lengths wealthy families would go to for admission into elite colleges, and angered a nation already grappling with the effects of widespread inequality.”
Everything you’ve heard is true. But you haven’t heard everything. Using real conversations recreated from FBI wiretaps the filmmaker behind Fyre brings you Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal pic.twitter.com/kwsqTCSkqq
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 1 and 2 – Disney Plus (March 19)
The highly-anticipated Marvel action series brings together Falcon and the Winter Soldier, who “team up for a global adventure that will test their survival skills — as well as their patience.” Starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, the action picks up after the events of “Avengers: Endgame” with the first two episodes airing on the streamer on March 19 and March 26, respectively.
The Irregulars – Netflix (March 26)
The Sherlock Holmes spin-off series follows a group of “troubled street teens” who are wrapped into solving crimes and saving London from supernatural elements by the “sinister Doctor Watson.”
Pooch Perfect – ABC (March 30)
Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson is set to host this dog grooming reality competition that’s based on a UK competition of the same name (also hosted by Wilson). The episodes will spotlight 10 dog groomers around the country competing in challenges.
Comedic geniuses Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reunite as Akeem and Semmi to take audiences back to Zamunda, the royal country made popular in the 80s. It’s worth the watch if only for nostalgia’s sake.
Raya and the Last Dragon – Disney Plus (March 5)
After being delayed the coronavirus pandemic, the film will finally debut months later. It’ll premiere simultaneously on Disney+ Premier Access and in theaters on the same day! Per the synopsis: ” Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.”
Moxie – Netflix (March 3)
Amy Poehler lends her talents to a second Netflix original about a shy 16-year-old who is inspired by her mom’s rebellious past and publishes an anonymous zine to tackle sexism inside the high school hallways.
Yes Day – Netflix (March 12)
Saying “no” to your kids can be difficult, so parents Allison (played by Jennifer Garner) and Carlos give their kids one day where they say “yes” to all their requests.
Paper Lives(Kağıttan Hayatlar) – Netflix (March 15)
The Turkish drama finds warehouse worker Mehmet (starring Çağatay Ulusoy) working in an impoverished neighborhood where he becomes responsible for a small boy.
It’s no secret that the cast of Schitt’s Creek genuinely likes each other.
It seems to be one of the few shows where there’s no bad blood or animosity between the cast, which speaks to their greatness.
The series, which swept the Emmys in 2020 and was nominated for five Golden Globes in 2021, is a bonafide hit as it provides plenty of laughs alongside heartfelt and even groundbreaking TV moments.
But after wrapping up its sixth and final season last year, many fans have found themselves wondering if that’s really it.
What are the chances of a spinoff, reboot, or movie? It’s not entirely out of the question yet.
Dan Levy, the show’s co-creator who also starred as David Rose, has hinted at the possibility.
Now, Emily Hampshire, who played deadpan receptionist and David’s eventual BFF, spoke with Good Morning America and weighed in with her thoughts.
“I cannot share any details, ’cause I want to do it and I wouldn’t be asked back,” she explained, which doesn’t exactly sound like a “no.”
“I would be down for all of that,” she continued. “Usually when you’re on a show you don’t want to spend another day with your entire cast and we did. We loved it — I would do anything with that group of people.”
She added that it felt “extra special” to end the series on such a high note.
“Even though none of us wanted to end, I was glad we were done because I would never want the pressure of going for another season after you’ve swept the Emmys, it’s all downhill from there,” she explained.
And something tells us, the brilliant minds of the Levy’s — Eugene and Dan — could come up with a good reason to return to the small or big screen.
For now, however, we have to settle for seeing Dan and Emily in their own respective Super Bowl commercials.
Dan is starring in the upcoming M&M’s commercial that will air during the big game, while Emily is set to appear in Cutwater Spirits’ upcoming and first 30-second Super Bowl Sunday spot.
Emily also imagined what each character’s go-to Super Bowl cocktail would be, and well, it’s eerily on-point.
“Stevie Budd would be a fan of the Long Island iced tea I would say, because of its dive-bar vibes. She might also like a spicy bloody Mary or two on a Sunday — that’s Stevie vibes,” she said.
“David would most likely go for anything with tequila — he would love the new mango marg ’cause he would just want to say ‘marg’ all the time,” she said in her best David Rose voice.
“Johnny is a classic man so he would love any mule — Alexis would love the vodka soda cause it’s like zero sugar, zero carbs — she’d probably also gravitate towards cucumber because it’s like fancy spa water, but with vodka.” Finally, she said O’Hara’s character would choose the Tiki Rum Mai Tai, “’cause I would make her just to hear her say it in her Moira Rose accent.”