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.
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!
Who Will Die On ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4B?
Stranger Things Season 4 was quite a bloodbath, but we haven’t seen anything yet.
While Vecna claimed a handful of victims in the first eight episodes of the season, none of them were part of the core cast.
That’s all about to change come Season 4B, which does not go easy on our Hawkins best and brightest.
The final two episodes — both feature-length in duration, clocking in at over two hours a piece — have been teased by Joseph Quinn (Eddie Munson) as absolute “carnage.”
Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) has been doing the press rounds and hinting at a major character death, and truthfully, all signs point to Steve Harrington.
Think about it: His death would have the largest emotional impact. He’s a fan favorite, he’s the “dad” of the group often taking on the protector role and keeping the kids safe when their parents are literally nowhere to be found, he’s an overall good guy, and he has so much momentum and chemistry with Nancy right now, it’s insane.
Per Insider, Joe Keery’s character wasn’t supposed to survive the first season in the Duffer Brother’s original plan, but they simply couldn’t let him go.
And it’s exactly why his death would destroy a whole fandom, crumbling them at the core. It’s a death that will hit both fans and characters equally as hard. Some might argue that Steve is the glue that holds it all together, never taking himself too seriously but also going boldly right into the danger zone.
Matt Duffer didn’t exactly confirm that Steve would be the big death of the season, but he also didn’t deny it either.
“If he’s going to die, it’s not going to be from the bat bite,” Matt told Variety, which is almost reassuring. He did acknowledge everyone is “worried about Steve,” so maybe his death is too obvious.
If we’re all prepared for it, it won’t be as effective, right?
In that case, could it be Nancy Wheeler? At the end of season 4, Nancy is stuck in the Upside Down in a trance as Vecna explains his origin story to her. It’s unclear why he chose to be honest with Nancy, but that’s a good journalist for you — getting the story even when it could cost her her life.
Of course, Steve is in the Upside Down with Nancy, so I don’t think she’ll die there just yet. There’s no way he’d leave her behind without bringing her to safety. But if Nancy is already connected to Vecna, that means she’s running out of time and unless she can find a foothold in the real world to keep her safe a la Max’s “Running Up That Hill,” she might just be his next victim.
Dr. Benner or Dr. Owens — Both of them care for Eleven and want to help restore her powers so that she can defeat this evil once and for all. But the FBI is coming for them, and they don’t take kindly to betrayal. I can see them sacrificing themselves to help Eleven escape for the greater good. Owens would be slightly more upsetting because Brenner might just deserve it.
Eddie — Eddie is a fan favorite, and if look at the show’s track record of killing off the lovable, new guy, well, it doesn’t bode well for the newcomer. He’s already been to the Upside Down, and based on the teaser, we know he returns there for some epic guitar solo. Maybe that’s his triumphant moment before death?
Jonathan — The only way that Nancy and Steve could work is if Jonathan is out of the picture. And while it’s cruel to kill him off for the sake of another relationship, there’s also not much that Jonathan is actually contributing to the storyline anymore aside from getting high with his friend Argyle. His death, however, would shake the core group as he’s Will’s brother and rock.
Eleven — It’s unlikely that the series would risk killing their biggest asset, but she is gearing up for her biggest battle yet. It’s going to take everything that she has. Some might say, you don’t make it out alive after using up all that power. And Eleven loves her friends deeply, so we know she would sacrifice everything for them.
Joyce, Murray, Dmitri, and Hopper are in a dangerous situation in Russia, but considering that they’ve managed to survive a plane crash, Siberia, imprisonment, and a Demogorgon, I have full faith in them!
Who do you think is going to die on Stranger Things Season 4B?
Fans React to Chilling Netflix Doc ‘Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey’
The latest true-crime series on Netflix that’s gripping/disturbing audiences everywhere? Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey.
The four-part series is based on the polygamous religious section known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). It examines the rise of leader Warren Jeffs, who, at one point (prior to his arrest), had about 69 wives, some as young as 12.
If you find the synopsis disturbing, you’re pretty much on the same page as viewers who recalled feeling quite “traumatized” and “sic” after watching the show.
Here are some of the tweets and reactions about Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey:
just finished “keep sweet: pray and obey”. I don’t have the words. need everyone to try and watch this, it’s so sickening.
kids getting married off to men old enough to be their grandfathers. pic.twitter.com/dTOEkEHJfg
— Menks (@choplifexo) June 9, 2022
Watched Keep sweet , pray and obey on #Netflix mmmm I don't even know what to say
— . (@snatched_fire) June 9, 2022
I thought the new season of Stranger things season was dark… then I watched Keep Sweet; Pray and Obey and it made me physically nauseous lol. I hope Warren Jeffs gets beat up in prison every day for the rest of his life
— Brax (@byu_homer) June 9, 2022
Well, all I can say after watching that, is that the women who escaped from the FLDS and have built new lives for themselves are incredibly brave and deserve a heap of cash from all the millions held by the ‘church’. #KeepSweetPrayAndObey
— Ian McClellan (@ianmac67_SE) June 9, 2022
I nominate Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey for horror movie of the year
— emma ✨ (@e_graceful) June 10, 2022
#keepsweetprayandobey documentary on Netflix is crazy. The things that happen in society under the name of religion and faith is just filthy.
— Clarette Waithera (@ClaretteWaithe1) June 8, 2022
If you told me Heaven was a ranch in Texas where I had to do chores and make lunch for a bunch of old dudes, I’d be making accommodations to reach Hell as soon as possible. #keepsweetprayandobey #keepsweet
— Tyler’s sense of shame (@TchtJustine) June 11, 2022
WATCH: ‘Manifest’ Season 4 Sneak Peek
The fourth and final season of Manifest is on the horizon!
As part of Geeked Week, Netflix gave fans a first look and the upcoming season.
The clip features Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh), who takes an unsolicited trip to the docks to locate a shipping container decked out in images of cherry blossom.
The shipping container that she needed to locate is glowing, so it’s likely that a vision brought her here.
But when she opens that bad boy up, it doesn’t seem like she knows what she’s looking for at all. In fact, she’s terrified to find a hand reaching for her. The man, who doesn’t seem to be doing well at all, has “Stone 828” carved into his hand. I really hope they aren’t introducing zombies into the mix.
Netflix knew that they would pique our interest with this snippet, but since we have no other context about the scene, there’s not much to theorize or go off of in terms of what’s happening.
All we truly know is that the Stone family is doing their best to crack the mystery of what happened to Flight 828 before time officially runs out.
What do you think about the sneak peek?
There is no season premiere date just yet, but according to Netflix the final season is “coming soon.” And it was confirmed that it will be released in two batches of 10 episodes.
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