13 Reasons Why season 2 finale: ‘Bye’

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6. Clay lets Hannah go.
Filled with most of the cast, Clay addresses the church with a eulogy about Hannah. Though they may not see her, Clay and we see Hannah in the back of the church. He’s really delivering his speech to her. He tells her he loves her, and he is letting her go. He also wishes her peace and safety in a way she never felt on earth. With those words, Hannah gets up and walks out of the church.

I wrote in a previous article that I think this was the show’s way of closing Hannah’s storyline so that she won’t be joining the cast for a potential season 3.

7. Clay learns about Hannah’s “Reasons Why Not.”
After the service, everyone gathers at Monet’s Café. We learn that Olivia will move to New York (her pharmacy official closed) to live out Hannah’s dream of moving there. She talks to Clay and tells him she wishes she had known him when Hannah was alive. She gives him a piece of paper with a list entitled “Reasons Why Not” that she found on an old computer. The list contained reasons why Hannah shouldn’t kill herself. According to Popbuzz, here is the list:

"Mom and Dad: They will blame themselves, and it’s not their fault. New York: I could get there someday. If not college, then after college. And maybe I could start over there. Clay: He will also think it’s his fault, and it isn’t. He’ll think he could have saved me. But we can’t save people, not that way at least — it’s more complicated than that. Writing: I might, might write something great one day. Get it published. Even be a writer. Seems unlikely — but possible. Dad: Loves me without question. Always wants what’s best for me. Even though I’m mad at him, it would be unfair to him to leave. Mom: I don’t know if she could live through it. She is always so on edge already. But maybe that’s already my fault. I know she loves me — I wish she knew that I knew. Mom and Dad: Worked so hard to give me a better life. Would be letting them down. Helmet: Is a genuinely good guy. And I genuinely like him. And maybe we’re supposed to be together. Don’t know. But maybe. If I go, we’ll never find out. Maybe: Someday I could make a difference in someone else’s life. Maybe: I’ll have a kid of my own one day, and maybe she could be that someone else. Maybe: It’s not as bad as I think it is. Maybe it will get better."

Clay is listed on the list twice — remember, Hannah called him Helmet. Another reason Hannah listed, about making a difference in someone else’s life someday – judging by the restaurant full of people, I think she unknowingly made their lives better. I just wish she didn’t end her life to do it.