Warning: The following article contains discussion of suicide that some readers may find triggering.
13 Reasons Why is a gut-wrenching watch, particularly the later episodes.
But the Netflix series actually foreshadowed many of the reveals to follow with a couple of hidden and heartbreaking clues in the very first episode.
Did you spot them?
Firstly, there was the song used in the opening scene, when Hannah’s narration begins. As fans already know, the song choices are carefully selected (here’s one about November 10). And this one is no different.
The track in question is ‘More Than Gravity’ by Colin & Caroline.
It’s interestingly played over shots of a devastated Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) at his locker, briefly imagining the late Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) was there opposite him, before staring at her locker-turned-memorial.
Here is a portion of the lyrics:
The words are fitting for both Hannah and Clay.
Hannah’s story and truth is one that spans 13 sides of tapes (“There’s not a simple explanation for the things that I feel”), while Clay pined for Hannah for so long but struggled to act (“I can’t give in, I’m too proud/ To think what I can’t say out loud”).
If you listen to the full song, there are lines including “And I can’t fall asleep ’cause all I do is dream about you” and “I think I need somebody, I think that’s you”.
Secondly, remember the scene early on when Clay ends up in one of the stalls in the boys’ toilets to compose himself after seeing Hannah’s mother Olivia (Kate Walsh)?
Did you look at the graffiti scrawled across the walls?
Have a look:
It’s interesting that Clay turns his head to look in the direction of those messages on our right side.
We have “Do not write on the walls!!” – which could have been a clue to when Olivia finds the toxic and horrible graffiti in the girls’ toilets, eventually confronting the school about it – and “Don’t let the world bring you down” – a message which coincides with how down Hannah was feeling as a result of everything around her.
And then there’s “No means no”, likely foreshadowing the reveal that Bryce Walker (Justin Prentice) raped Jessica Davis (Alisha Boe) when she had passed out drunk, as well as Hannah.
Earlier this month, Netflix confirmed the show’s renewal, while showrunner Brian Yorkey has stated that Hannah will be appearing in season two.
13 Reasons Why can be watched now on Netflix.
Suicide is preventable. Readers who are affected by the issues raised in 13 Reasons Why are encouraged to contact Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact theNational Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.
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