We Need To Talk About The Final Episode Of '13 Reasons Why' Season Two
WARNING: This article will discuss a very graphic depiction of sexual assault. If this is something that may affect you in any way, please stop reading. If you need any help or information, please visit 13reasonswhy.info or contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Like many people over the past weekend, we went directly home on Friday night and watched the entire second season of 13 Reasons Why over the next 48 hours. Note: This article WILL contain spoilers.
The first season of the hit Netflix series garnered as much criticism as it did acclaim for it's graphic portrayal of sexual assault and suicide, and it's clear from the outset of the new season that the producers, actors and writers wanted to ensure viewers knew what they were in for when they pressed play.
"By shedding a light on these difficult topics, we hope our show can help viewers start a conversation," Katherine Langford who plays Hannah Baker says in the series intro. "But if you are struggling with these issues yourself, this series may not be right for you," Alisha Boe (Jessica Davis) finishes.
However, while you have access to the resources listed and you understand how confronting the show can be from the bathtub or spa scenes in season one, the finale of the second season is extremely difficult to watch. This warning is not to be taken lightly.
Here's Your First Look At '13 Reasons Why' Season 2
Never failing to promote discussion and heated arguments, Twitter has erupted with some viewers warning others to stop watching at the 38-minute mark due to the graphic sexual assault of Tyler Down played by Devin Druid.
the sexual assault scene with tyler in 13 reasons why (Season 2, Episode 13) was the most fucking unnecessary thing and i recommend that everyone skips it cause it’s fucking traumatising and a horrific scene. starts at around 38:00 and goes until 40:00 #13ReasonsWhySeason2
— Aditya Gopiyani (@AuthenticEddy) May 20, 2018
I literally cannot stop thinking about the last episode on 13 reasons why season 2, please if you are easily triggered do not watch the 38:00 - 40:00 mark of episode 13. Im not easily bothered by gore and violence but that was horrific
— oh um (@xingchanseok) May 19, 2018
Tyler, who had just returned from a program designed to help him reassimilate into Liberty High School, is ambushed by Monty and three baseball teammates who were angry that Tyler vandalised their playing field. Monty is convinced Tyler 'ruined his life' now that Bryce no longer wanted to be friends with him and the baseball team were banned from playing at the State Championship. Neither of which justify the horrific act that comes next.
Monty brutally attacks Tyler in the school's mensroom and then sexually assaults him using the handle of a mop. The camera does not stray for the entire ordeal and lingers on Tyler's distraught and hopeless face as he's left alone in the bathroom stall.
We highly recommend watching the follow up discussion Beyond The Reasons, which plays directly after the final episode as it sits down the actors, producers, writers and trained medical professionals to discuss the themes of Intervention, Recovery, Gun Violence and Complicated Relationships. In this hour-long conversation, the series executive producer Brian Yorkey explains the extremely graphic depiction was based on 'radical empathy' where up until Tyer's assault, the viewer has removed themselves from his experience, but in that moment you can't help but feel his pain.
Yorkey continues, "We've found that this kind of thing happens in high schools across America. Particularly with athletes violating other students with mop handes and pool cues at almost epidemic levels. It's not something that's reported often. Male on male sexual assault is ridiculously under reported."
The medical professional Dr Rebecca Hedrick of Cedars Sinai Hospital explains, "There is a statistic that 1 in 6 men are sexually assaulted...they have the same shame, guilt and fear that girls have when they're victims, but it also brings into question their own sense of masculinity...It makes them question everything."
This incident immediately precedes Tyler attempted mass shooting at the Liberty High spring fling, which is also discussed at length due to Clay's dangerous method of intervention.
The question remains, was the graphic depiction necessary? Unfortunately there is no answer definite answer as it is dependant on who you ask - but is the resulting conversation between both sides the most important thing?
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