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13 Reasons Why: Beyond the Reasons is a mini-documentary that is released on Netflix for each season of the show. Professionals, Cast, Crew and Activists talk about the topics addressed in the show. The second season of it is an hour-long and it features members of the original 13 Reasons Why cast and crew alongside the new cast and crew talking about the topics in the second season of the series and their experiences while filming the show. Unlike the first Beyond the Reasons, the mini-documentary is set up as interviews with the cast and crew on a couch, in front of an auidence, with Elaine Welteroth (Editor in Chief at Teen Vogue) hosting.

SynopsisEdit

The cast and crew of the second season of 13 Reasons Why sit down to talk about suicide, sexual assault, abuse, drug addiction, gun violence, they are joined by activists of the topics. Dylan Minnette talks about what made Clay Jensen intervene with Tyler Downs school shooting plan, Dr. Rebecca Hedrick talks about gun violence, and joins Brian Yorkey on talking about male sexual assault, Brian also talks about why they shot Tylers rape scene in such graphic detail. Nic Sheff, a recovering drug addict and crew member, talks about Justin Foley's addiction to drugs and how he helped Brandon Flynn portray being a recovering addict. Christian Navarro talks about why Tony Padilla helps Clay help Tyler and speaks on portraying a gay man of color without the stereotypes. Alisha Boe, Justin Prentice, Alexis Jones, Anne Winters and Brandon Butler talk about rape culture. Kate Walsh, Suzanne Timms and Dr. Helen Hsu talk about suicide and suicide prevention.

Plot Edit

Introduction Edit

Selena Gomez gives a monologue to introduce the second season of Beyond the Reasons: a short summary of the second season of 13 Reasons Why and what will happen in the second season of Beyond the Reasons. Elaine Welteroth, the host, narrates over scenes that cover topics of what they will talk about.

InterventionEdit

Elaine introduces the first panel to sit on the couch: Miles Heizer (Alex Standall), Dylan Minnette (Clay Jensen), Christian Navarro (Tony Padilla), Brian Yorkey (Producer), Nic Sheff (Writer) and Dr. Rebecca Hedrick (series consultant). They talk about Tyler's storyline; his attempted school shooting. Dylan Minnette talks about why Clay chose to step in front and risk his own life to help Tyler and stop the shooting from going ahead. Christian Navarro talks about why Tony helped Clay to help Tyler. Elaine then moves on to talking about Tyler's rape, Brian Yorkey and Rebecca Hedrick talk about male sexual assault. Brian Yorkey states that male sexual assault and rape is "ridiculously underreported" and Rebecca Hedrick states that there is a website that she learned a lot about male sexual assault from called "1in6.org". Elaine moves back to the topic of gun violence and Brian Yorkey talks about the statistics school shooting and to film guns. Elaine then moves on to Justin's storyline; drug addiction. Nic Sheff talks about writing Justin's storyline and struggling with drug addiction himself. Dylan talks about the acting aspect for both him and Brandon Flynn (Justin Foley). Elaine opens things up to the audience for a Q&A (Question and Answer), a member of the audience asks Brian Yorkey about whether or not the media portraying a school shooting and guns contributes to glamorizing it or contributes to a solution.

JusticeEdit

Elaine introduces the second panel to sit on the couch: Justin Prentice (Bryce Walker), Alisha Boe (Jessica Davis) and Carrie Goldberg (series consultant), along with Brian Yorkey again. Justin talks about playing Bryce, Brian talks about why the storyline for the second season was based on Hannah's trial, he stated that some of the crew took a vote on who would hold the school responsible and who wouldn't and they were deadlocked at 5-5. Dylan talks about Clay's decision to release the tapes, Alisha talks about why Jessica was initially reluctant to speak out about Bryce and how the odds were stacked against people believing her. Carrie also speaks to another side of Alisha's statement and comments that it is a small victory for Jessica to get her rapist to go to court because six out of a thousand sexual assaults actually end with someone being prosecuted. Justin talks about his privilege being a white male and what he's learned about sexual assault from women around him and being on the show. Brian talks about why he wrote Bryce to be sentenced to three months probation, Carrie also comments that realistically victims go through many hurdles just to get their rapist in court and still a judge might let their rapist go.

RecoveryEdit

Elaine introduces Dr. Christine Moutier, M.D. (from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention), who has joined Alisha, Miles, Dylan and Brian on the couch. Brian talks about Clay's storyline of hallucinating Hannah, Katherine Langford (Hannah Baker) appears through a pre-recorded video to talk about Hannah as Clay's hallucination and Clay's journey of healing after Hannah's death. Dylan talks about Clay and Justin's friendship growing through the second season. Brandon Flynn (Justin Foley) appears through a pre-recorded video to talk about Clay and Justin's friendship and his favorite moment of their brotherly relationship. Miles talks about the difference between how Jessica and Alex are treated during their recovery and Brian talks about the friendship between Zach Dempsey and Alex while Alex goes through his recovery, he mentions that Zach teaching Alex to dance is one of his favorite moments between them and Miles playfully admits that he is a better dancer than Ross Butler (Zach Dempsey). Alisha talks about Jessica's recovery and tells a story of a woman and her daughter who, during a scene with Jessica in the mall with Nina Jones, believed her acting to the point of almost calling the police. Dr. Christine Moutier, M.D. comments on the scene where Jessica's Dad tucks her into bed and Alisha comments that it's powerful for Jessica to be back in her bed having her Dad tucking her in because Jessica's rape happened on her bed. An audience member asks Brian why the school wouldn't let Alex's suicide attempt or Hannah's suicide be talked about and if he thinks it's the way to deal with it. Brian answered that the school was afraid of suicide contagion, he said that they researched suicide contagion. Dr. Christine Moutier, M.D. comments that she doesn't think it's the right way to talk about it, and that shutting down the conversation completely stigmatizes it even further and the right way would be to talk about it but safely.

The Complicity of Silence Edit

Elaine introduces the fourth panel: Anne Winters (Chlöe Rice), Brandon Butler (Scott Reed), Joy Gorman-Wettels (executive producer) and Alexis Jones (founder of ProtectHer and series consultant), along with Justin Prentice (Bryce) again. Elaine starts the topic of the takedown of The Clubhouse. Brandon talks about Scott changing his relationship with Bryce after slowly realizing that Bryce isn't who Scott thought he was. Alexis talks about one of her tools when she talks to boys about sexual assault. Anne talks about why Chlöe chose to stay with Bryce and change her decision to speak out about Bryce raping her, Alexis comments that Chlöe has been programmed to believe that Bryce giving her attention is half of her worth, she believes that her friends seeing her with someone like Bryce is what she needs for a social life and therefore to matter. An auidence member asks about the environment on set while filming the heavier scenes, especially the ones dealing with rape. Joy answers that they have therapists and consultants on set for the cast, Justin comments that going thoroughly through rehearsals help as it makes it less terrifying and thanks the crew for helping them through it.

Complicated Relationships Edit

Elaine introduces the new guests for the fifth panel: Julia Bicknell (writer) and Helen Hsu, PSY.D., they are joined by Alisha, Dylan and Christian. Alisha talks about Jessica and Justin having sex while she was still with Alex and Jessica's recovery. Julia talks about Zach and Hannah's relationship and Dylan talks about Clay finding out about Zach and Hannah's relationship. Katherine Langford (Hannah Baker) appears through a pre-recorded video to talk about Hannah and Zach's relationship and stated that Hannah losing her virginity to Zach doesn't change the severity of what Bryce did to Hannah. Dylan talks about Clay and Skye's relationship slowly ending, stating that they needed each other to be able move on and process. Dylan, Alisha and Christian talk about the importance of having a support system. An audience member asks Christian if he was intentionally trying to break the stereotype of what a gay man looks like personality and appearance wise with Tony. Christian answers that authenticity was the most important thing, he was scared that because he's not a gay man that he would mess things up, so his focus was making sure that Tony was not portrayed as "a gay man" just a man who happens to be gay, wanting to do justice to and for the gay community.

The Role of Adults Edit

Elaine introduces the new guests for the sixth panel: Kate Walsh (Olivia Baker), Suzanne Timms (Suicide Prevention Advocate) and Marissa Jo Cerar (writer) who are joined by Dr. Helen Hsu, PSY.D., Kate talks about how much has changed for Olivia before and during the trial. Marissa talks about Olivia and Andy's storyline; divorcing after their daughter's suicide. She states that married parents who lose a child or children often end up getting divorced and they wanted to show how grieving can look different. Writers discovered that men in relationships are often the ones who move on quicker than the women and they wanted to be truthful in that while being as respectful as they could be. Suzanne introduces herself as a wife and mother of four children, in 2013 she lost one of her children to suicide, she is an advocate for suicide prevention and helped Kate with playing Olivia dealing with the loss of Hannah. She also stated that she was grateful that Kate wanted to know the real emotions and understand a grieving mother rather than just read her lines off of her script. Kate talks briefly about playing Olivia, commenting that she had a challenge to play her as accurately and honestly as she could with the help of Suzanne. Suzanne talks about seeing Kate play Olivia so authentically and honestly, and being grateful that Kate took on everything she told her and was impressed with her performance. Marissa talks about how adults need to open up a conversation with their children otherwise they might not know what is going on, they need someone to be there. Helen adds onto this saying that it's more about just being there for your children, and sometimes parents need to open up an opportunity where they need to bring in someone who isn't them as she worked with families where children were more comfortable talking to certain people other than their parents. Marissa talks about Mr. Porter and how he is a good person but he made a mistake with Hannah because he didn't have the tools because of the schools rules, they didn't want to make it a thing of counselors are bad people, adding that in the writer room that call him "Season 2 Mr. No-Fucks-Porter" as he started to care less about rules in the school and more about helping out kids as he had to bend rules sometimes. Kate finishes off by saying how she is happy to be apart of something that opens up a conversation and talks about topics in a bold way.

Cast and Crew Edit

Order of Appearance

Activists Edit

  • Alexis Jones
  • Suzanne Timms (Suicide Prevention Advocate)

Quotes Edit

Sexual Assault and Rape Edit

It’s important to remind ourselves that most crimes of sexual assault are not sex crimes; they’re crimes of violence.
— Brian Yorkey
We've found that this kind of thing happens in high schools across America, particularly with athletes violating other students with mop handles and pool cues and — almost at epidemic levels. It's not something that's reported often, male on male sexual assault is ridiculously under reported. Men don't like to talk about it.
— Brian Yorkey
Tyler's a victim of sexual assault, and I think that in many ways, it's even harder for a young man who's been violated in that way, to admit it.
— Brian Yorkey
At the point that Tyler's Mom comes in and asks him how his day was, he doesn't have the slightest ability to begin to tell her what's really wrong, that doesn't even seem like an option for him.
— Brian Yorkey
There's a statistic that one in six men have been sexually assaulted, and there's a really great website 1in6.org that has a lot of resources for male victims. I think it's much harder for male victims because, as Brian was saying, it's just-- it's a lot more difficult for boys and men to talk about being the victim because they have the same shame and guilt and fear, that women and girls have, who are victims, but it also brings into question their own sense of masculinity and manhood, and they're supposed to be strong protectors and it makes them question everything.
— Dr. Rebecca Hedrick
It was important for us to try to bring the audience over to Tyler's side a little bit. There's a concept called radical empathy, which is essentially the exercise or the attempt to empathize with someone completely and someone who is completely different from you. And as brutal as that scene is to watch, I defy anybody to watch it and not feel pain for Tyler. So, whereas previously you may have been able to distance yourself from him and say he's a loner, he's a Peeping Tom, he's a nerd, in that moment, you are right there with him feeling pain. And from that moment on, it's impossible to forget that you shared humanity with him.
— Brian Yorkey

Suicide Edit

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Tyler's Attempted School Shooting Edit

You know we hear this term "Hurt people hurt people". And right now in our country we're talking a lot about gun violence and how it affects every kind of community but particularly in the wake of Parkland, I think watching that scene and then seeing how he ended up carrying out his version of revenge, I think it's almost impossible once you reach that state of empathy for a character like Tyler to not look to sort of begin to understand how someone even arrives at something so unthinkable.
— Elaine Welteroth introducing the topic of gun violence and school shootings
Clay sees a lot of himself in Tyler and vice versa. Because, I think they both feel like the world is out to get them, that, they both can't find happiness and I think that he does understand the pain that Tyler would be going through, I think-is why he immediately tries to jump into action.
— Dylan Minnette on Clay stopping Tyler.
Tony is made up of—certainly a part of his personality is this moral sense of justice. And he finds in Clay, someone who has, possibly, a greater sense of justice and a greater sense of morality and someone who is willing to act on it. Tony is quick to jump to action, simply because, Clay asks. And it's the right thing to do.
— Christian Navarro on Tony helping Clay help Tyler.
I think the question of whether or not we should portray guns at all is a worthwhile question to talk about. And to me, it also goes back to the question of, well, not portraying it doesn't make it go away. And not telling the story, doesn't mean that it's not happening in society. It just means that we're not talking about it.
— Brian Yorkey on the choice to film an attempted school shooting and guns
Teenagers are emotional and impulsive, and that's not a very good combination to have for somebody holding a weapon that's that, um (sic) easily leads to death.
— Dr. Rebecca Hedrick
So, yeah, the safest choice would have been to go behind the doors and lock himself in with the rest of the kids and help everybody get to safety, to hide in closets or behind objects and make sure that someone has called 911. Certainly we would never advise anyone who's exposed to an active shooter to confront them, even if it's a loved one. We would advise to get away.
— Dr. Rebecca Hedrick on a safer, better choice Clay could have made instead of confronting Tyler

Trivia Edit

  • Katherine Langford and Brandon Flynn weren't able to sit on the couch and talk so they appear via video.

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