The ’13 Reasons Why’ Cast On How Season 3 Humanizes, and Kills, Bryce Walker

If you’d told me a year ago that season three of 13 Reasons Why would make me feel empathy for Bryce Walker – not once, but multiple times – I would have laughed in your face and maybe expressed concern for your mental health. Bryce was justifiably one of the most loathed characters on television after the show’s first two seasons. He’s a rapist, a bully, a thug, and a walking embodiment of a kind of young male privilege that feels all too familiar from the real world. When Jessica (Alisha Boe) reported her rape last season and went to court to testify against Bryce, the judge added insult to injury by sentencing Bryce to just three months’ probation. It was horrifying, not least because it was realistic.

But in season three, Bryce gets his comeuppance and then some. It’s no surprise that the announcement of season three’s central mystery – “Who Killed Bryce Walker?” – was met with unbridled glee from fans, along with plenty of memes. When you actually watch the season though, what’s most startling is not the whodunit mystery or its resolution, but just how successfully it humanizes Bryce prior to his death. Without backtracking an inch on his horrifying behavior, the season fleshes out a character who had previously been a two-dimensional villain, and gave some emotional logic to his sadism.

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