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|“||It has to get better. The way we treat each other and look out for each other. It has to get better somehow.||”|
|— to Mr. Porter on the bullying of kids in the school, in "Tape 7, Side A"|
Clay was a student at Liberty High School and a close friend of Hannah Baker; who was also his crush. He is the son of Lainie and Matt Jensen, Justin Foley's adoptive brother, the ex-boyfriend of Skye Miller, and Ani Achola, and the subject of the A side of the sixth tape on Hannah's tapes.
The first season follows Clay during his time with Hannah while she was alive; in flashbacks and his time after her death, listening to Hannah's tapes, trying to piece together Hannah's story to find out what led her to suicide. At the end of his tape, Hannah explains that Clay's name didn't belong on the list, but that she felt he needed to know the reasons behind her ultimate decision.
In the second season, Clay tries to cope with Hannah's death and hallucinations of her throughout his grieving process. His main goal is to get justice for Hannah as the trial commences. He receives Polaroids that aid him in finding out the baseball varsity team's secret place that is connected to Hannah and many other girls at Liberty High.
In the third season, Clay is the main suspect in the death of his classmate and enemy, Bryce Walker. Although he has a deep hatred for Bryce, he—along with new girl Ani Achola—plays detective in trying to figure out who killed Bryce. While the police have their eyes on him, the two uncover secrets of their friends and ultimately discover Bryce's killer.
In the fourth season, Clay is the main narrator, narrating the events to Dr. Ellman, his therapist, whom he sees again to help cope with his mentality. He has to confront faces of his past as traumatic events lead him to spiral out of control. At the end of the season, he graduates and gets accepted into Brown University, where he goes to study.
- 1 Early Life
- 2 Throughout the Series
- 3 Clay's Mistake (Reason #11)
- 4 Personality
- 5 Physical Appearance
- 6 Relationships
- 6.1 Hannah Baker
- 6.2 Tony Padilla
- 6.3 Skye Miller
- 6.4 Bryce Walker
- 6.5 Justin Foley
- 6.6 Jessica Davis
- 6.7 Alex Standall
- 6.8 Tyler Down
- 6.9 Montgomery de la Cruz
- 6.10 Courtney Crimsen
- 6.11 Lainie Jensen
- 6.12 Matt Jensen
- 6.13 Jeff Atkins
- 6.14 Sheri Holland
- 6.15 Kat
- 7 Appearances
- 8 Quotes
- 9 Trivia
- 10 Gallery
- 11 Playlist
- 12 See Also
- 13 References
On Clay's first shift at The Crestmont, he tells Hannah that he has lived in the town of Crestmont for his entire life when she asks him how he feels about the town. Clay was previously rumored to be gay by other classmates at Liberty High School, but these rumors appear to have died down before the events of the series. Due to Clay's introverted character, he is known to not attend parties. At Hannah's house party, Kat bet against him attending the party and tells Hannah that the last time she saw Clay at a party was at her birthday party in the 4th grade.
Clay may also have a history of depression or anxiety as his parents offer him Duloxetine—an antidepressant used to treat people who suffer from depression or general anxiety disorder—in "Tape 1, Side B", which he has taken before for either or both anxiety or depression, which suggests Clay may have been in a bad state previously, potentially down to previous rumors of him being gay.
Throughout the Series
After the death of Hannah Baker, a classmate of Clay's that he had a crush on, Clay started to hallucinate Hannah in the halls and classrooms of Liberty High School, the school that both Clay and Hannah attended. He first saw a hallucination of Hannah looking at him in the halls. Clay looked across the hall towards Hannah's locker, now adorned with letters and flowers, as two girls took a selfie. As the bell rang, signaling the beginning of class, he walked towards the locker. Justin Foley came up to Clay confronting him. "You're not as innocent as she says", he commented, but Clay had no idea what he meant.
Later, in Communications Class as he stared across the room to Hannah's old seat, the scene changed into a flashback of the same class but Hannah was sitting in her seat. The bell rang, and as everyone started rushing out of the class, Clay complimented Hannah on her new hairstyle after seemingly struggling to do so.
Upon arriving home, Clay found a package addressed to him on his doorstep. Clay opened the package to find seven tapes and a map of Crestmont Town. After Clay borrowed his father's boombox, he found that those tapes were from Hannah. Clay was visibly upset by this and was shocked when he heard that he was one of the reasons of why Hannah killed herself. Clay's mother appeared behind him, causing him to jump in surprise as he paused the tape he was listening to. In a hurry to get to his room, Clay grabbed the boombox before unplugging, thus causing it to fall to the ground. Since the boombox was now broke, Clay cycled over to Tony's house to borrow his one. However, as Tony and his dad were distracted by Tony's car they were fixing, Clay stole a Walkman from his friend Tony Padilla to listen to the first tape. After riding home from Tony's, Clay got into an accident that left him with a scar on his forehead.
Clay used the cassette tapes along with the map Hannah provided to visit all locations mentioned by Hannah in her tapes. Clay had flashbacks of Hannah's interactions at each location. When he arrived at the park, Clay pictured Hannah and Justin kissing on the slide.
With each episode, Clay begins to interact with the person currently talked about in the tapes. For example, Clay only began to talk to Jessica Davis after listening to her tape. Clay is seen to have breakdowns that become more frequent as the show progresses, due to this he has to take frequent breaks which Tony finds unusual. Tony tells Clay that he is the slowest by far to listen to the tapes as many of the previous listeners have finished it within a night.
Clay begins to become a vigilante for Hannah by attempting to harm the others mentioned in the tapes. He takes pictures of Tyler Down's body and sends it around the school to make him suffer for what he did and takes Courtney Crimsen to Hannah's grave to make her feel guilt. Many of the others in the tapes become increasingly aware of this fact and try to stop Clay from attacking the others and make plans to try to stop him, such as having Alex Standall speed through traffic with Clay in the car to scare him.
Throughout the series, we begin to see the development of Clay's relationship with Hannah in flashbacks which start with Clay's first day at The Crestmont with Hannah, from there we see their relationship form into something much more that as they develop feelings for each other. Clay's tape is "Tape 6, Side A". This tape is incredibly hard for Clay to hear and Tony offers support throughout the listening session to prevent him from harming himself. At one point, Clay cannot listen further and so is taken to Monet's for a break. After hearing the full tape, Clay is distraught and actually considers suicide. Tony prevents this and Clay carries on with the tapes.
Upon listening to "Tape 6, Side B", Clay goes to Bryce's home to get a confession out of him. He originally enters his home under the premise of him buying weed from him, where he has a flashback of Hannah's rape. Clay accuses Bryce of raping Hannah which results in him getting violently physically abused. Eventually, Clay talks Bryce into confessing he raped Hannah without knowing it and Clay rides out of Bryce's neighborhood incredibly happy. Clay was recording his confession on the last unused side of Hannah's tapes, which would be Tape 7, Side B, he plays the audio only for Tony. This is incredibly important as it shows evidence of Bryce saying he raped Hannah, which would give Hannah justice.
Clay visits Mr. Porter and tells him about the last day of Hannah's life and her meeting with him. When asked about how he knows this, Clay produces the tapes and gives them to Mr. Porter who is the thirteenth reason on Hannah's list because he didn't help Hannah after she told him about her being sexually assaulted and suicidal. After leaving the tapes with Porter, Clay reaches out to Skye Miller, a girl that Clay has interacted with throughout the show who is seen to be in a similar situation as Hannah due to the slits on her wrist. Clay asks if she would want to skip school with him in an attempt to help her like he should've helped Hannah. He takes a ride with Skye, Tony and his boyfriend Brad to somewhere.Clay, Tony, Justin, Bryce, Sheri, Alex, and Ryan are the only ones who aren't seen attending their deposition. However, he mentions to Tony that both he and Tony have their depositions the day after.
Five months have passed since Hannah's death, and Clay truly believed he was recovering from her death. He went with Skye Miller to get a semi-colon tattoo (a symbol representing suicide awareness) but fainted halfway through and only got a comma. Later on, Skye painted a mural when Clay admitted how disappointed he was that even just getting the tattoo, he somehow failed. It turns out, that Clay and Skye were actually dating now, as they embraced each other in a kiss. Clay stated that he had not been thinking about Hannah, but Skye reassured him that it's okay if he was. Nevertheless, Clay still persisted that he wasn't and he hadn't for months. Clay then contemplated how messed up the situation was with Hannah, the Bakers, the trial and Bryce.
After Clay told Skye he cared about her, they started passionately kissing. In the sofa, Clay and Skye proceeded to have sex, when Clay noticed the cuts on the lower part of her body and abruptly stopped kissing her. Skye, growing uncomfortable, told him she used to cut herself a long time ago, but Clay knew they were recent. Clay had been seemingly helping Skye out with her own issues, but, was upset to learn she had started to cut herself again. Angry, Clay told her that they made a deal that she would call him whenever she felt like doing it. Clay asked about her alternatives and why she clearly didn't seem to be doing it. When Skye said she didn't like the alternatives, Clay suggested a mindfulness walk. Skye didn't take it seriously and laughed at this suggestion, but, Clay stressed how important this was and so she apologized and promised she would call him.
Their relationship becomes rocky as Clay is still thinking about Hannah. When he learns that the Bakers are refusing to settle and the trial is going ahead, Hannah appears to him in visions and continues to do so throughout the season. The apparitions of Hannah serve as a motivator for Clay to bring Bryce and the jocks to justice, despite the fact that even after Clay received Bryce's confession of Hannah's rape, he got off scott free thanks to his lawyer. Clay has little motivation to follow up on this until he receives an anonymous Polaroid in his locker of sordid acts by the jocks.
Throughout the trial Clay found out new things about Hannah that almost changed his view of her. He hallucinates Hannah until he finally lets her go through his speech, during her funeral. His relationship with Skye slowly broke down because of his hallucinations of Hannah, which meant that he was not fully there all the time, which Skye noticed. Skye went to treatment for her own mental illness and told him that she would miss him, that she could love him and let him go and ended their relationship. His hallucination of Hannah helps him and angers him throughout the season. Clay enlisted Tony to help him find Justin so he could testify about Bryce for Hannah and Jessica. Once they found him, Tony and Sheri took turns in detoxing him from the drugs he took while homeless, he tried to hide Justin for as long as he could so he could keep Justin being back from people, however his parents found out. Tony came to him worried and told him that the school called him to testify, and warns him that Clay does not know everything that he did. Clay received Polaroids with writing on the back in his locker. He kept each of them safe in his bag.
Clay received the second Polaroid, depicting Bryce having non-consensual sex with a girl, who he later found out was his girlfriend, Chlöe Rice. Clay tried to figure out where the Polaroids were taken. When prompted by Dennis, Clay testified about his friendship with Hannah, and when prompted by Sonya, Clay testified that he and Hannah spent a night doing drugs together, while coming down from her high, she described being suicidal. Sonya asked him why he didn't do anything or say anything to anyone about what she said. In response, Clay lashed out and tried to get her bullying to be brought back up, but failed. He later went home and read the comments about him and Hannah after his testimony, he argued with his hallucination and decided to publish the audio of the tapes online. Clay received backlash from Alex and Justin about putting them online because of Jessica's health.
Clay apologized and asked for their help in taking Bryce down. After Zach revealed that he was the one who sent the Polaroids, Clay gathered Sheri and Justin to go through them, Clay discovered that Hannah had a Polaroid, meaning that she was there. While going through it, Justin found another Polaroid that went with Clay's second Polaroid of a an unconscious and unknown girl being raped by Bryce Walker, in the Polaroid Justin found, it is evidently revealed to be his girlfriend, Chlöe.
After the trial ended and the jury came to a verdict, they all came outside shocked. Bryce was arrested on rape charges after Justin's testimony but Justin was also arrested being an accessory to it as he testified that he didn't call the police and let it happen. Clay told his mother that Justin was arrested and Lainie told him that Justin knew what would happen.
Olivia and Andrew Baker began planning a funeral for Hannah and put their store up for sale. People then attended Hannah's funeral. Clay gave his speech and finally stopped hallucinating Hannah, they then had a wake at Monet's. Justin told Clay that his parents were thinking of adopting him, Justin told him that he would like to be adopted by them. Olivia found a list of "Reasons Why Not" that Hannah typed out on her computer, Olivia printed it out and contemplated giving it to Clay. She decided to give it to him after she heard his speech.After Tyler was raped and assaulted by Monty, he attempted a massacre via a school shooting, as he had finally had enough and was determined to kill everyone, possibly including himself. Tyler told Cyrus that things were about to get messy so he and his sister should leave, but Cyrus instead tipped off their friends and Clay asked Tony to help him and Clay put himself in danger as he attempted to stop him and convince him not to, he was successful in doing this and asked Tony to drive him away. Clay took the gun away from him and Jessica and Justin ran out and joined him, Justin asked him "What do we do now?".
After stopping Tyler from his attempted school shooting, he drives Tyler's car away to the safety point Tony drove Tyler to. Tyler worries about his parents and Clay and Tony drive Tyler back home, his mother is relieved to see him back home, tells them that the school texted all the parents that there was an active shooter in the school and that they should both tell their parents that they are okay, which Clay does. Tyler goes up to his bedroom, Clay follows him upstairs, Tyler gives him a letter addressed to his Mom and Dad and implies that it's his suicide note. Tony and Clay talk about what to do with him, how to help him and wonder why he attempted a school shooting, as the last thing that everyone knew of him was that he was better and happier. The next day, Tyler, accompanied by Clay, Tony and Justin, goes back to school, however he sees Monty—who unknown to Tyler's friends had raped him the day before, the reason for his attempted school shooting—his PTSD kicks in and he becomes terrified and starts to have a panic attack. Tony calms him down and Clay texts someone. He tells Tyler the plan and leaves for his lesson, he gets called out of his lesson by Courtney Crimsen who uses Principal Bolan's notes to get him out to a give a new student a tour because she can't. The new student is Ani Achola, he gives her a slightly disturbing tour, still being angry at the school. Clay then goes to lunch with Justin and Tyler, Ani joins, introduces herself to Tyler and is introduced to Justin by Clay. Ani then tells Justin that she thinks Clay internalizes a lot, she annoys Clay a little further and Clay excuses himself to get ketchup. Late in the night, back at home, Clay goes through the photos from Homecoming on his computer. Justin notices that Bryce—number 83—is about to tackle Zach in a photo, they become confused because Zach said it was number 82 that tackled him, Clay tells Justin that—having asked Zach in the morning again—Zach told Clay he didn't know who tackled him. They wonder why Zach lied.
Clay and Tyler meet up at school and Clay advises him to see Dr Singh. Clay then builds a website with a schedule for when each person has to pick up/watch Tyler. Clay organizes at meeting at Monet's and presents the schedule to the group. Zach believes that Tyler should have gone to prison and argues with the group. He tells them that is out, that he won't look after "that psychopath" and tells them that he won't talk to anyone but he won't be apart of looking after Tyler. The rest of the group agree to the schedule and leave.
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At night, Clay is woken up by Justin who claims Monty is still alive. After he gets dressed, they visit Monty in jail, where it then becomes apparent that it’s just a dream. Monty rages at the fact that they set him up for murder. The dream sequence ends with Monty attacking Clay, and him waking up in a sweaty body. Turns out, this isn’t his first nightmare. Clay has been suffering from PTSD, Monty being the star of his recurring nightmares.
At breakfast the following day, it is revealed that Justin has been at rehab getting help for his drug addiction. He is finally returning home after several weeks. Nevertheless, Mrs. Jensen also reveals some concerns to do with Clay’s academic performance; Clay’s grades are slipping and his parents are worried. Moreover, it’s time he starts thinking about college. His parents believe sessions with Dr. Ellman will help him.
As narrator of the season, Clay reveals that he only feels alive when he’s helping out his friends. As such, when Tyler calls him to ask for a ride to the Sheriff’s station, Clay immediately shows up, leaving Ani and Jessica to plan for Justin’s welcome home party.
While waiting for Tyler at the Sheriff’s station, Clay is taunted by a hallucination of Monty, which puts him in panic mode. Tyler then returns with concerning news; the police have found the bag of guns in the river. But not to worry though; he tells them that, yeah, he bought the guns but they were stolen from him and both Sheriff Diaz and Deputy Standall believe him.
At Justin’s welcome home party, Clay, Jessica, Ani, Zach, Alex, Tyler, Tony, and Charlie gather for the first time since Bryce's murder case. Zach’s now been drinking heavily, showing up to the party drunk. After the party, the mood shifts as they discuss the guns upon Tyler’s leave. Doubt spreads over the group, the question being, can they trust Tyler? To dampen the mood further, Justin breaks up with Jessica his reasoning being that he needs to prioritize his sobriety.
It’s Christmas morning and the Jensens are opening presents. Clay had one of his anxiety attacks but shrugs it off upon Justin’s concern.
At Liberty High, the students are in for a surprise. Metal detectors have been placed at the entrance of the school building accompanied by school resource officers (SROs). Jessica’s far from happy about this, especially when she walks through the metal detector and her bra sets it off making one of the male SROs tell her she needs a pat-down. Clay, Ani and Justin watch as Jessica refuses and storms off towards the principal’s office. Ani tells Clay to stay calm as the new security measures have nothing to do with them finding out about Bryce’s murder.
Clay attends Future Fair and represents the Liberty High Robotics Club. Later, Ani informs him about Winston Williams transferring to Liberty High. He’s from Hillcrest and was there during the night of Homecoming Football Game. Clay freaks out as he thinks Winston might be there to investigate about Bryce’s murder, seeing as he was close with Monty. He then sees that the football team are forcing Estela to wear “De la Cruz” jersey to honor her brother Monty and confronts them. After Diego Torres claims he’s innocent in Bryce’s death, the two engage in a fistfight. It ends up with only Diego getting detention as SROs think he started it.
At Jensen residence, Justin tells Clay’s parents that he got into a fight. This angers Clay and he gets up and storms off. He’s at Liberty High, moving through the corridors and football pitch, when Scott Reed appears showing concern. However, he’s already graduated so this means Clay is clearly dreaming. He then encounters Ani who tells him he can’t save everyone before waking up. He sees Justin who tells him he’s been talking and screaming in his sleep all night.
At therapy, Clay speaks to Dr. Ellman about being in control. He says if he loses control things get ugly. His panic attacks lately are one manifestation of this.
Upon returning home at night, Clay experiences another hallucination. He hears Bryce’s confession tape in the lodge outside his house and thinks he sees a shadowy figure inside the room so he chases after them only to find out there’s no one there. His calls out to him from the porch and Clay admits he’s not okay in the voiceover.
It was the middle of the night and Clay was filling out college applications. Suddenly, he got video calls by Monty. Panicking, he declined the calls and blocked the number. He then saw a moving shadow in the bathroom and went to investigate. Suddenly, it was morning and Justin wass by the bathroom door asking if he’s alright. Clay’s paranoia was making him lose track of time; 3 am turned to 7 am.
When they got to school, someone had graffitied “Monty’s Been Framed” on the doors of the main office. The group of friends was concerned; all except Zach, who found it amusing. When Clay reached his locker he found a red smiley face spray-painted inside, leading him to believe someone was trying to frame him. He told Ani who believed Winston could’ve done it, however, Clay was convinced that someone within their circle did it. He didn’t trust them as much anymore.
On the bus to the college tour, a can of red spray paint rolled to Clay’s feet, and he quickly put it in his bag hoping to discard it once they reached campus. Principal Bolan joined the students. When they arrived, Mr. Jensen greeted them as the official tour greeter. He told Justin and Clay that he’d arranged a meeting with Dean of Admissions after the tour. Justin seemed excited about it compared to a reserved Clay. Instead, he was fixated on the fact that Principal Bolan and his dad were on first name terms.
Clay tasked Alex with looking after Tyler while he looked after Zach. Zach decided to ditch the tour for a college party and Clay, wanting to keep an eye on him, followed suit. They ended up joining drinking games and the two got drunk. Clay found a drunk girl on the stairs and her boyfriend arrived to take her upstairs. Clay followed and saw the guy unbuckle his belt over the unconscious girl. When he turned around, it was just a hallucination of Bryce. He encouraged Clay to rape the girl, he knew he’s capable of it. The girl’s actual boyfriend returned to find Clay standing there and accused him of trying to make a move. Clay ran downstairs, where the college boys grabbed both him and Zach and called security on them. That’s when Clay had a panic attack as he screamed for them to let him go.
At campus security, Mr. Jensen was disappointed in Clay for missing the meeting with the Dean, which Justin attended. Clay grew bitter at this and threw up on Justin. At home, Justin confided in Clay. He told him that he was afraid he’d fall off the wagon. He didn’t want to cost Clay’s parents any more money. Hence, why he thought Sanderson would be the best option because it was free and close to home. Nevertheless, Clay reasoned he didn’t have any college choices right now anyway and refused Justin’s offer to help. He later opened his bag to find two spray cans.
Clay was called into the principal’s office where they discussed the incident in the college tour; he was not in trouble as Sanderson University wouldn’t pursue the matter any longer. Nevertheless, he wanted to help by understanding why Clay did what he did. Clay’s mind, however, seemed preoccupied with the graffiti pictures on his desk.
At therapy, Clay opened up about the incident at college tour. He explained that he was only thinking about sex at the time and not about the unconscious girl. And the thought scared him to the point where he panicked.
Clay returned home from therapy to find Sheriff Diaz speaking to his parents. He said he was there to brief them on the new security measures. He spoke to Justin about it and they’re both concerned. Clay then had a panic attack. That same night, Clay sat to do his college applications again and was spammed with text messages from Monty saying he was framed. In the college application, he typed “I covered up a murder”.
In an opening narration, Clay talked about Valentine’s Day and the school preparing for the “Love is Love” dance. He believed love in high school isn’t real. When Clay arrived in school, he saw that cameras had been installed all over the building and he became paranoid. To make matters worse, he began receiving disturbing calls Clay from Monty’s number, tormenting him in a distorted voice. Still distracted by this, Clay completely missed the hints Ani threw his way about asking her out to the dance.
In the darkroom, Clay had another panic attack when he received another call. Later in the cafeteria, the caller told him to pick a fight, so he did. He approached Zach and asked him to hit him. After calling him names, Zach finally kicked him in the groin and told Clay to sort his shit out.
Clay realized in hindsight he completely blew off his girlfriend when she asked about the dance. He rectified this by asking Ani through a letter with a comic he drew. However, this moment was soon ruined when he received a photo of himself by the anonymous caller. He was being watched. He dialed the number and tracked the ringtone to a girl in the library, thinking she was the anonymous caller. However, he was mistaken as she was just talking to her mother on the phone. Ani apologized to the girl and took Clay to the side to ask him what’s going on. He revealed the truth about the calls he’d been receiving; someone had Monty’s phone and he was threatening to reveal proof of Monty’s innocence. Ani reassured him that they couldn’t have proof and that he shouldn’t let them play him.
Clay met with Tony at the mall where he was informed about Tyler’s rendezvous as of lately; he’d been lying about his shifts at work and meeting with Principal Bolan. Tony thought Deputy Standall might know something about this. When Tyler arrived for work, he saw them and asked why the urgency to see him. Tyler got fed up with them keeping tabs on his whereabouts and sauntered off to work.
At school the next day, Clay received another call. The voice said they can prove that his alibi with Ani is false and they could prove the two weren’t together the night Bryce died. He then gave Clay a clue on where to find Monty’s phone if he wanted it. That lead him to the H.O. club base. But the phone he found wasn’t Monty’s, it was just a burner phone. The voice then told him he’ll get the phone if he showed up to the dance.
At therapy session, Clay admitted he didn’t believe in love. And what about Hannah? Dr. Ellman asked. Clay thought love is a lie; he thought he loved her, but didn’t actually know her. It’s all just a fantasy. When you see people for who they really are the fantasy goes away and then so does the love. Dr. Ellman wondered if he did believe in love and that he loves so fiercely that it hurts; and he was afraid of that hurt. Clay just believed we’re all alone.
At the dance, Clay was dancing with Ani. The two kissed before Clay received another call. The voice told him to kiss her one more time before it’s too late, then he instructed Clay to leave the dance immediately and head to the locker room. Clay complied, despite Ani’s warning. Ani tried to follow him but got distracted by Alex and Winston kissing in the hallway.
Clay arrived in the locker room, he saw the showers stained with what appears to be “blood” and a knife on the ground. The voice told him it won’t look good to stay in the scene of a crime. Panicking, Clay hastily turned on the showers in an attempt to remove the red stain on the tiles. Instead of water, blood came running out. Clay panicked even more and slid to the ground. He eventually regained the willpower to move. He grabbed the knife and ran to the football field and the voice told him “you found me”.
When he got there, he saw Monty alive, but bleeding out. He tried to save him by stopping the bleeding but it didn’t work and Monty died. Clay was so distraught and cried out “I’m sorry”. When he turned around he found Bryce who called him a monster. The hallucination dissipated and he was back to reality. Standing in front of him was the football team, the leader revealed himself to be Diego. They told him that his reaction was way overboard seeing as it’s just a dummy they placed on the field. Clearly there was something more to it and that was the reaction of a guilty person. They told him “we own you” before leaving him there covered in fake blood and tears.
Clay walked back to the dance groggily with the knife in hand. Everyone stopped and stared in shock.
After being suspended for 2 weeks, the school board voted on whether Clay and Diego could go to the senior camping trip. Jessica thought Clay shouldn’t attend but was outvoted by the rest of the board members. As Clay walked down the Liberty High hallways, he felt isolated, like everyone was talking about him.
At therapy, Clay confided in Dr. Ellman about feeling scrutinized by his friends. The therapist suggested speaking to a chaperone about the football team in case they try to do something worse to him on the senior trip. Clay refused to, saying it would be the dumbest thing to do. He said that adults overestimate how helpful they can be, but they are good at listening. Dr. Ellman then advised that he face his anxiety instead of running from it.
Jessica, Ani, Tony, Zach, Alex, Clay, and Justin received a suspicious email saying they’d reveal the truth at senior camping trip if the group didn’t come clean and confess on their own. The sender of the email was Clay, but he denied it was him so his account must’ve been hacked. Justin then suggested they stay at home instead, but that plan soon changed once Mrs. Jensen announced she was joining the camping trip and bought them some tools for the trip.
When they arrived at Burham Woods, Clay confronted Diego about hacking his email account. After he approached Alex about Winston and finally told him that Winston was close to Monty and he could alibi him for the night of Bryce’s murder. So, he warned him to stay away from Winston.
At the camp share, Mrs. Jensen asked the students who they like the most and why. Diego answered first, he said he trusted his guys to have his back and that he missed Monty. He taught him pride and how to trust people and also got him to start playing football.
The next day, the seniors went out on a treasure hunt in pairs, with no phones but clue sheets to guide them. Clay and Justin went out hunting together, but the mood turned sour as they argued about the email. Clay walked ahead complaining about Justin not being the same person since he came back from rehab but when he heard no reply from Justin, he turned around to find him gone. Clay panicked and went looking for Justin.
Clay was still out looking for Justin when he got captured, bound by ropes, and thrown into a hole by the football team. He went unconscious and entered a dream state. He spoke to Monty and asked why the football team was after him, Monty said they loved him and he always had their back. Clay was confused, how could he be that way for them but then do what he did to Tyler? Monty explained that he acted out of rage and fear. Then he asked Clay if he’s ever experienced that anger taking over.
Later, Clay woke up in the hole and saw he now had his phone with him. Across from him, the same V and arrow sign from the graffiti was carved onto the rock. He got ready to climb out of the hole and made his way back to camp. He blew the horn and declared his win and dropped all the treasure bags. He then accused people of throwing him down the hole.
At the campfire, Mrs. Jensen asked how the trip changed them. Winston said he got to know people more than he did before. Clay said nothing’s changed, he and his friends were bonded for life. Alex then said he hated camping making everyone laugh.
Later, Winston visited Clay in his tent, and told him they’ve all been acting irrationally; Alex broke up with him with no explanation, Tyler ended his friendship after he found out about his relationship with Monty and they talked when they usually didn’t at the campfire. So, which of his friends was Bryce’s killer?
Clay was out jogging when he ended up in Navy Pier, the site where Bryce drowned. Clay narrated that he felt disconnected from reality. His parents were concerned about both Justin and Clay. They made them take a drug test; Clay’s test came out positive but he accused Justin of switching them. Because of the uncertainty, they were both grounded. The two boys wondered how their parents always knew where they were and how they always found them easily. Clay believed they were being tracked through their phones. Justin thought Clay was just paranoid and delusional, but when questioned why he’d been to his old neighborhood Justin went quiet. When Clay stormed off, Justin called someone asking if they could meet up.
At Monet's, the group discussed the recent developments concerning the parents. They seemed to know a lot lately. Clay thought they’re being tracked and it’s not a coincidence. Jessica added it’s not just within their inner circle but it’s why Beecher’s party was canceled. Justin arrived home late, waking Clay up. He then told him they’re being watched.
At therapy session, Clay insisted he didn’t take drugs. Dr. Ellman thought he was paying a high price for keeping secrets, which he didn’t yet know.
At the party, Clay narrated that he’s never done drugs but at the party he smoked weed. Justin arrived at the party after all and asked Clay what he was trying to prove by doing drugs at the party. Clay bitterly told him that his drug use is a better situation that Justin’s. Clay became distracted by Valerie as Justin told Clay that he is not Clay’s enemy. Justin asked why Clay lied to his parents about the drug test because now they think Justin relapsed, and lost trust with him. Clay didn’t seem to care, and stuck the knife in further by telling Justin that Matt and Lainie are his parents, not Justins and that they never trusted Justin and that’s why they drug tested him.
Clay approached Zach by the piano. He apologizes to him about not telling everyone about Winston from the beginning. He found out Zach can play piano, which surprised him. Zach said he was forced to learn how to play for 5 years. They then sang together. When Zach noticed a girl staring at Clay, he gave him advice on what to whisper in her ear to get laid. If he managed, then he’d get to drive his Audi. Later, he tried it out and it worked. Once Clay and Valerie finished having sex, they returned to the party where her boyfriend confronted Clay. The two ended up fighting and Clay punched him repeatedly before Zach pulled him off. Then he stormed off after telling Diego and Winston “I will end you.”
After the party, Clay drunk drove with Zach celebrating that he wasn’t a virgin anymore. He then slipped into a trance and started to speed up the car until it toppled over and crashed.
Clay narrated about the car accident with Zach from the previous episode. He said he was unable to help, paralyzed in shock. Justin shouted at him while trying to stop the bleeding. The hallucination disappeared and reality set; they were in an active shooter drill where the students had to demonstrate how to stop bleeding from gunshot wounds on a dummy. Clay and Justin failed, but Tyler, who was paired up with Tony, demonstrated an impressive knowledge of gunshot wounds. Tony found this unsettling.
At therapy, Clay was frustrated by the stop-the-bleed exercise. He thought the focus was on the wrong place; the schools should be trying to prevent school shootings from happening, not training kids on how to cope under such conditions. Dr. Ellman empathized with Clay. Clay thought he deserved to be punished because he let his friends down, he was not there for them when he should’ve been.
At school, Clay apologized to a now broken-armed Zach about the car accident. He claimd to not remember what happened, but Zach said he crashed his car and left him for dead. He noticed that Clay didn’t even seem scared. It’s like he wasn’t there, like he was someone else entirely. Zach told him he was a nightmare and demanded he stay out of his life forever.
At the office, Clay learned a new Dean of Discipline, Hansen Foundry, had been brought to Liberty. Dean Foundry investigated the smashing of the cameras and questioned Clay about his whereabouts between midnight and 7 am in the morning. Outside the office, Jessica congratulated Clay on getting an interview with a Brown college recruiter next week. Clay was confused at first, but then he rememberd what he wrote on the application: “I covered up a murder”. Panic settled in.
Code Red was issued by the principal and the school went on lockdown — Code red meant there was an active shooter. Dean Foundry appeared to be surprised by this and ordered the students to barricade the doors and stay down. Tony noticed Tyler was missing. He informed Charlie and Alex of Tyler’s rendezvous the night of the party and suspected he must be the active shooter. Elsewhere in school, everyone followed suit and barricaded the rooms they’re in; Jessica was alone in the H.O. base, Estela was in the girls’ bathrooms, the football team hid in the locker rooms, Clay was in a classroom and Zach found himself barricaded with Winston in the photography room.
In the classroom, Clay texted Tyler but received no response. He then texted Tony, asking if Tyler was with him. Monty appeared to him as a hallucination, taunting him by saying the school shooter was Tyler. Though, Clay wanted to believe it’s just a drill. Monty asked if he was scared, to which Clay admitted he was. Monty empathized with him saying he knew the feeling. A hallucination of Bryce joined them and said what if another kid like Tyler is behind it? Clay said he’s had a gun to his chest and survived it and did the right thing. Bryce asked him if he’s a hero or a martyr, before the door handle rattled and his paranoia intensified.
After more taunting from Bryce and Monty, making him feel helpless and useless, Clay decided he wanted to try to save anyone he can and left the room. Out in the hallway, Clay saw the shooter run up to him and put his hand up shouting “don’t shoot”. The shooter slowed down and removed his hood, revealing himself to be Clay. Another hallucination, this time the shots fired at him from a hallucination Clay almost felt real.
Principal Bolan appeared from the main office and dragged him inside. It was just a drill after all. Bolan explained it was a hard lockdown; the bullets were blanks, the officers tried the doors, the alarms were to make sure that students and teachers followed protocol. The only one who didn’t was Clay. The point being, if this wasn’t a drill, he’d be dead.
Bolan announced the lockdown was over and everyone started leaving the rooms. Tyler was still shaken by the drill. Alex thanked Charlie for helping him during the panic attacks and the two shared a kiss. Along with Tony, the three were concerned about what this might mean for Tyler considering it was a drill after all. Zach also realized that he’d revealed a big secret to Winston and told him to keep quiet about it. Winston said even though he didn’t kill Bryce, he must know who the killer is.A traumatized Clay walked out to the hallway and saw Bolan congratulating the officers. Clay unleashed his anger upon them, shouting aloud about how the school is killing them all. The students gathered as Clay shamed Bolan and the police for their horrifying drill. It was cruel and unnecessary, teaching kids how to be hunted and practice getting ready to die. He said they are kids, they should be living their lives, not practicing how to cheat death because everybody dies. Bolan reasoned that they’re trying to keep them alive, but Clay saw it differently; them trying to check a box or regulation. When an officer tried to calm him down, Clay grabbed his gun in hysteria. When he started lowering the gun, an officer tackled him and he shouted for them to get off him. They managed to get the gun and he was put in a stretcher and taken to the hospital, in restraints.
Clay's Mistake (Reason #11)
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Clay is the subject of Tape 6, Side A, however Hannah makes it clear that he is not one of the reasons for why she killed herself. He was the only one she was actually fond of, and while everyone else was on her hit list, she just wanted him to be on the tape because he was/is a part of her story.
Clay spends the night with Tony, listening to his tape. On the night of Jessica's party, Clay and Hannah walk upstairs because of the large crowd. Hannah asks Clay if he wants to go to Jessica's room, and he says yes. The two start talking and making jokes about Jessica's rock collection. Clay then leans over and kisses Hannah. Hannah seems shocked but she kisses him back. Then the two were about to have sex before Hannah starts remembering all the guys that did her wrong, and suddenly she can't escape from thinking everyone is against her. She has a mental breakdown and then tells him to stop, which he does before asking what's wrong. She yells at him to go away, which he does. On the tape, Hannah says a part of her was begging him to stay while she was yelling at him to leave. Clay is the only person on the tapes who did nothing wrong but he was included as a part of her story. In the beginning of the first episode, Justin tells him he isn't as innocent as she says he is. Justin seemed to be talking about the fact that on the tapes, Hannah says Clay shouldn't be on the tapes, because in her eyes, he just should've stayed. Though it is possible that Justin is simply angry that Clay is not guilty of doing horrible things like he and the others on Hannah's list are and potentially cannot be punished or arrested for any part in Hannah's death.
In spite of Hannah telling him that he is not a part of her list, Clay is devastated by the fact that he left Hannah when she desperately needed him, claiming he did it because he was scared, not because Hannah told him to go and claims that this was the beginning of the chain of unfortunate events that followed such as Jessica's rape and Jeff's death as a result of Sheri and claims that he is responsible for Hannah's death and breaks down over the fact that he never told Hannah that he loved her. He later declares himself to be "Number 11" when confronting Mr. Porter.
|“||Clay, Helmet, your name does not belong on this list. But you need to be here if I'm going to tell my story. If I'm going to explain why I did what I did. Because you aren't every other guy. You're different. You're good and kind and decent. And I didn't deserve to be with someone like you.||”|
|— Hannah describing Clay on her tape about him.[src]|
Clay is shown to be a somewhat socially awkward person, however, he is an overall very caring, intelligent and honest person who is a good friend to those around him and a decent person. He was shown to have had a crush on Hannah Baker though was never able to tell her directly that he loved her. While he treated Hannah well and had a good friendship with her, he himself mistreated her on a few occasions such as hurting her feelings after seeing the photograph that Justin took of her that was spread around the school and coldly telling her off after she tried talking to him about Jeff's death. Clay's eventual coldness towards her was apparently so great that during her meeting with Mr. Porter, Hannah claimed that she thought Clay hated her.
In spite of this, Clay is shown to be devastated by Hannah's death and when he is given her tapes, he is shown to be horrified upon learning of the reasons why she killed herself. He becomes disgusted at the actions of the people on her list, and develops a strong hatred for some of them, notably Justin, Tyler and Bryce. He slowly begins to become more and more "unstable", hallucinating things such as punching Zach or Hannah's dead body covered in blood in the middle of the basketball court. Clay's hallucinations also show events that haven't actually happened, such as in Tape 1, Side A, in which Clay hallucinates the kiss between Hannah and Justin turn into something more based on the rumor that Hannah is a "Slut" and in Tape 3, Side A, in which Clay hallucinates a scenario in which he dances with Hannah at the Winter Formal but is stopped once Hannah's wrist begin to bleed which is a symbol of her suicide. This is likely due to survivor's guilt a symptom of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), as a result of listening to the tapes and learning the truth.
Throughout listening to the tapes, Clay becomes notably colder and also becomes angered at any sign of disrespect towards Hannah, notably seen when he gets angered at his old friend Skye for calling Hannah a coward. Clay even becomes a bully towards Tyler, Courtney and Zach to get revenge, after learning of their actions that led to Hannah's suicide:
- He deliberately took a picture of Tyler Down naked and spread it around the school because Tyler took a photo of Hannah and Courtney Crimsen kissing and spread it around school.
- He brought Courtney to Hannah's grave in an attempt to hurt her because she lied to Montgomery de la Cruz about sexual things Hannah did and had done to her, which hurt Hannah and added to the "Hannah the Slut" rumors.
- He keyed Zach's car with the words "Why me?", the same words Hannah asked Zach on the tapes after he stole compliments out of her bag that were the only thing making her happy at a lonely time in her life.
He does, however, appreciate those who actually feel remorse for their actions towards Hannah, notably Alex and Tony and later Jessica and Sheri when she takes responsibly for her actions. However he is strongly disgusted that a majority of the people on Hannah's list choose to hide Bryce's crimes and Jessica's rape, and even becomes aggressive towards his best friend Tony. At one point (after he and Zach catch Hannah in a brief lie on the tapes) he briefly even considers abandoning the tapes and going about things normally however he completely snaps in front of new foreign exchange students and shows his disgust at the people who treated Hannah like shit and the school itself for trying to remove responsibly from itself and vows that no matter what, the truth about Hannah's death and all those responsible will come out. Even though the others on Hannah's last attempt to sabotage him and try and intimidate him into keeping quiet, Clay refuses to give up showing his determination of avenging Hannah's death.
After listening to his tape, Clay is shown to be even more devastated even though Hannah firmly states that his name does not belong on her list and claims that he in fact left Hannah the night of Jessica's party (in which they almost had sex) because he was scared and as a result claims this was the beginning of the events that led to Hannah's death such as Jessica being raped and Hannah witnessing it and Sheri knocking down the stop sign that ultimately led to Jeff's death and declares that he killed Hannah and even contemplates suicide for a moment by jumping off a cliff. His guilt is exemplified later when he declares himself to be "Number 11" after confronting Mr. Porter. He is shown to be saddened that he cost a girl her life because he was afraid to love her and his hallucination depicting what he wanted to say to Hannah that night further shows how badly he wants to correct his mistake.
Clay is shown to be strongly determined to get justice for Hannah's death and Jessica's rape as he personally coerces Bryce to confess to the deed after he provokes Bryce into assaulting him in an attempt to get him punished for his actions and openly says that he wants him to pay for what he did. He tells Tony that it is better to pursue what Hannah and Jessica need, which is justice against Bryce rather than following her wishes of sending the tapes to all those on her list, showing his care for both of them. He has developed an even kinder side as he reaches out to Skye again in an attempt to not repeat the mistake of not being there for someone who needs help and friendship like Hannah was.
Clay is skinny, with short dark brown hair and blue-grey eyes. In the first season, he has a scar on his temple from a biking accident early on in the series while listening to the tapes, which is how the audience can tell past from present, and he is rather anemic. He is often shown wearing jeans and a hoodie, and he wears button-up shirts with pants to parties and a suit to the dance. Clay carries his grey backpack around with him a lot.
Hannah was Clay's best friend and romantic interest.
Tony is Clay's best friend, they have a close friendship that builds slowly through the first season and is solidified during the second.
Clay and Tony are close friends, who sometimes push each other to the edge, but remain tight friends throughout. Tony guided Clay whilst he listened to his tape and stopped him from an attempt at suicide after he found out what he did on the tapes. Tony is the only person who really tries to help Clay make smart decisions without breaking Hannah's rules, he's also the only one who offers emotional, mental and physical support.
During the second season, Tony becomes one of the very few people that Clay trusts. He enlists his help in finding Justin, partially because he knows no one else cares enough to look for him. Tony goes to drastic measures to help Clay find Justin. He assaults a skateboarder in a skate park for refusing to answer their questions and shows a lot of protectiveness over Clay. In the last episode of the second season, "Bye", Clay calls Tony when he finds out that Tyler is planning a school shooting at the Spring Fling, Tony comes without question and Clay guides Tyler to Tony's car. Tony drives him off to safety. The only time Tony has refused to help Clay is when it will cause him legal trouble that is serious. After finding Justin, Clay asks for Tony's help, who agrees, but pulls out once he learns that Justin is addicted to drugs, especially with the case not settling as they all thought it would. Looking after someone in Justin's situation could damage him while the case is going on because of his probation, so he enlists Sheri Holland to replace him, which he does not get Clay's consent for.
In the third season, Tony and Clay help Tyler Down recover from his trauma after his attempted school shooting. Tony defends Clay to the police when questioned. Olivia Baker tells Clay that the cops are looking at Clay as their main suspect in Bryce Walker's murder, she tells him that this would be a murder charge and it's not the time to protect or save his friends, as he usually does. If there are suspicions of anyone else he needs to follow them up. She asks him if he knows about Bryce and Tony's relationship, telling him that she told Tony that Bryce's father, Barry Walker, was the one who called ICE on Tony's family and got them deported, which made Tony furious, possibly with enough intent to have killed Bryce. Clay confronts Tony about this and questions him why Tony didn't tell him, Tony replies that Clay doesn't know or understand what it's like, however he didn't kill Bryce. Later after they all find out who actually killed Bryce, Ani hatches a plan with Clay to help cover for the actual killer, Tony helps Ani and Clay in this.
Skye is Clay's friend and ex-girlfriend.
Skye and Clay were close friends in Junior High. Clay was taken aback by her radical change in appearance at the start of high school, however, and couldn't bring himself to approach her, which Skye took to mean an end to their friendship. Clay is generally tentative around Skye, while Skye acted defensive around him. He lashed out at her, when she insulted Hannah after her suicide, but later reached out to her.
In the beginning of the second season, Clay and Skye are dating. Things didn't last because Clay still had Hannah on his mind, his hallucinations of Hannah and the fact that he still had feelings for—in Skye's words—"a fucking dead girl", ended up bringing turbulence to their relationship. When Clay admitted that he wasn't over Hannah, Skye freaked out at him and ran out of the house. Skye ended up in the hospital, where she broke up with Clay. Clay kept trying to contact Skye after this, leaving her voicemails. She finally responded, and Clay went to visit her in a mental health facility. Skye told Clay here that she won't come back to Crestmont, and said goodbye.
Bryce was Clay's archenemy, they started off as acquaintances, but Clay found out that Bryce raped Jessica, his friend, and then Hannah, his friend and crush, and he began to despise him.
Bryce and Clay started off as merely acquaintances. Bryce persuaded Clay to make bad decisions. One example was when he pressured Clay to buy beer while Clay was underage. When Clay stuttered at the counter, Bryce vouched for him, Bryce bought his and Clay's drink with his own I.D.. Outside the liquor store, Justin invited Clay to a drink contest with Alex, although Clay protested Justin made him get involved. Clay ended up winning the contest but walked away drunk and arrived home past curfew. Bryce and Clay were never friends at the start and if Clay had the choice of not knowing Bryce, it's a certainty that he wouldn't. The tapes caused a serious degradation in their relationship, as Clay found out that Bryce raped both Hannah and Jessica, his former crush and his friend. Bryce became Clay’s arch-nemesis as Clay vowed to get Hannah and Jessica justice at all costs and expose him for the rapist he is. Clay managed to manipulate Bryce into confessing to raping Hannah on the last side of the last cassette tape Hannah recorded on and gave it to Mr. Porter as evidence, which could be used in putting Bryce in jail.
In the second season, five months after the events of Hannah’s suicide their relationship did not changed. Bryce escaped persecution of raping Hannah and Jessica, because of the Judge's decision, Bryce had been sentenced to 3 months probation instead of jail time. While Clay at first wanted to give up on his quest, the discovery of The Clubhouse and that a majority of Liberty High’s athletes are sexual predators only further pushed Clay to not only bring down Bryce, but Liberty High’s baseball team. Bryce at first did not see Clay as a threat until Hannah Baker’s tapes as well as his confession were made public that he began to fear the repercussions of his actions. After he was exonerated of raping Jessica, he and Clay had a brief moment at the dance where Bryce acknowledged that Clay is a better man than he is, but told Clay that he needed to "get laid" (have sex).
After Bryce's murder Clay became a prime suspect due to his well-known contempt and hatred for Bryce. Footage of him pointing a gun at Bryce outside Bryce's house during a PTSD episode (which had caused a hallucination of Hannah to manifest), a death threat if he ever hurt Ani, and a text threatening to end Bryce's life that he sent to Bryce just before he died, were all things that the police were looking at putting together as a reason to arrest him on suspicion of murder, which they later did. Ultimately, Ani told Clay that she had hatched a plan to cover for Bryce's killer and exonerate Clay.
The hallucination of Bryce does reappear with Clay in Season 4. In "College Tour" when Clay follows a drunk girl and her boyfriend, Brady, upstairs in a frat house. Clay sees the hallucination Bryce standing over the passed out girl undoing his pants. Clay stops the hallucination, but Bryce then tempts him into raping the girl by trying to bring out a hidden darker side to Clay. Before Clay can act, Brady returns and forces Clay downstairs with the hallucination disappearing. Bryce does reappear one more time to Clay in Thursday after Clay has locked himself in the science lab, joined by the Hallucination of Monty. The two repeatedly provoke Clay's paranoia and fear of the shooter. They both continue to question who the shooter is, despite Clay repeatedly attempting to dismiss them. The two only continue to challenge Clay's morals by asking Clay why he couldn't save them. Clay responds saying he would save everyone, but two disgust Clay by describing the possible situations of his friends. The two finally break Clay's will, making him believe that he can't save anyone, not even the people he loves. That is until Bryce makes a Blade Runner reference and Clay realizes that the hallucination are only a manifestation of his doubt and paranoia. Clay stands up and confronts the two hallucinations, stating he's going to confront the shooter, and attempt to save anyone he can.
Justin is Clay's friend, they started out as enemies, got closer as friends and now they have a brotherly relationship.
Justin and Clay started out as enemies. The first time we see them interact, Justin told Clay that he wasn't an innocent person having listened to the tapes before Clay, Hannah had made Clay out to be the only one on the tapes that didn't hurt her and didn't think he deserved to be on them, however Justin believed differently. Clay later found out that Justin is more responsible for Hannah's downward spiral and along with Bryce helped the start of the Hannah the Slut rumors. Justin continuously threatened Clay–and at some point even suggested to his classmates to kill him and make it look like suicide–so Clay would keep quiet about his knowledge of the tapes. However, Clay never seemed scared of Justin and his threats, he was more angry about the things that happened to Hannah and how no one seemed to care. As Justin started to hate Clay less and care more about Jessica, Clay tried to convince Justin to inform Jessica about what really happened to her the night of her party. When Clay asks why he is trying to protect Bryce, Justin hits back at him telling Clay that he is protecting Jessica. However Jessica had started having flashbacks and drinking alcohol to deal with them, showing that his protection was actually causing her more pain.
In the second season, Clay enlisted Tony Padilla and they both went to look for Justin, so he could testify against Bryce. They found out that he had become homeless, so Clay brought Justin back to his home—a secret that Clay hid from his parents—and, with help from Tony and Sheri, detoxed him from heroin. At first they still weren't fond of each other, but started to care about each other as they spent more time together. After finding out that their son had been hiding Justin in his bedroom for some time, Lainie and Matt were angry at Clay, but took Justin after his situation was explained by Clay and Justin. After they spent some time with him, he became like their second son, which Clay became jealous of at one point, seeing Justin and his parents watching TV together when he came home late. At the end of Season 2, in "Bye", it is revealed that Clay's parents plan to adopt Justin. They had asked for Clay's approval first, and although he didn't agree with at first, he later was okay with it. When or if this comes into effect, Clay and Justin will legally be adoptive brothers. At the moment the process hasn't started, but they all treat him like family, and Clay and Justin treat each other like brothers. Clay isn't always as keen on Justin as his parents are but his relationship with Justin has definitely grown a lot from having an intense dislike for him.
In the third season, they are brother-like figures with a very trusting relationship. They occasionally have problems, as Clay suspects Justin of having done something to Bryce a couple of times, though Justin doesn't mind, he understands the suspicion and clears things up. Justin defends Clay to the police, and tells Ani he doesn't believe Clay killed Bryce despite strong evidence suggesting Clay might have and most of the town believing that Clay did. When Justin breaks up with Jessica telling her he cheated on her, Jessica tells Clay that they broke up after Clay asks why they're not speaking to each other. Clay realizes that Justin lied to her to keep her away from his due to his addiction and tells Jessica about Justin's addiction, which saves their relationship, Justin becomes mad at Clay when Jessica tells Justin that Clay told her the truth, Jessica then tells Justin not to be mad at Clay for not giving up on him and actually caring about him enough to tell her the truth, saving their relationship. When Clay does accidentally discover Justin is still addicted to drugs, (he realizes that Justin closed the door for the first time—while Clay is also in the house—since moving in and wonders what he is doing) he becomes mad at first and then eases into being fine with it considering Justin's rough road to becoming a better person. After having dinner, and just before they go to bed, Justin and Clay say that they would do anything for each other. In the end, after finding out Bryce's actual killer, Justin helps Clay and Ani in covering up for them.
Clay is Jessica's friend. They started out as acquaintances, Jessica grew to like Clay as he was the only one who tried to tell her that Bryce raped her. Through the second season they become good friends.
Alex is Clay's friend.
Tyler is Clay's friend, they didn't always like each other but they now have a stable relationship and are very good friends.
Montgomery was Clay's enemy. Monty and Clay became enemies due to Clays hatred for Bryce Walker, and constantly tried to keep Bryce clear from being hurt by Clay.
In the fourth season, Monty returns as a hallucination to further show Clay's mental health deterioration.
The first time Monty appears to Clay is when Clay has a nightmare about Justin waking him up in the middle of the night telling him they have to leave and Monty is still alive. The two arrive at a jail and speak to a degenerated Monty, who openly blames them for his arrest and promptly attacks Clay. At Future Fair Clay first consciously hallucinates Monty when he thinks he sees Monty at a table when it was revealed to be a guy wearing Monty's jersey memorializing him. Monty reappears shortly later to confirm to Clay, that Estela is his sister. When the football team play a prank by on Clay at the Valentine's Day dance, they staging a fake murder scene in the showers and dummy on the football field. Clay then hallucinates the dummy as Monty bleeding out in front of him. During the Shooter drill, Clay's anxiety increases as he sees Monty again. Clay askes Monty about his death, to which Monty explains an older prisoner found out he was a child rapist and stabbed him repeatedly.
Courtney is Clay's friend. Their relationship wobbled throughout the first season, but they become friends throughout the second season.
Courtney and Clay had a close relationship. She showed concern for Clay and wanted to help him through things. He also showed to be caring of her until he listened to her tape, "Tape 3, Side A", and understood what she did. He took her to Hannah's grave and made her feel guilty for what she did and then listened to why she did it, she doesn't seem to be forgiven, but Clay partially understands why she did what she did. In telling him about why she did it, this is the first time that we see her have any emotional response about her role in Hannah's death.
In the second season, Courtney and Clay don't interact until the season finale, where Courtney is amongst Clay's friends at the Spring Fling to join in hugging each other whilst hugging Clay as he cries to his and Hannah's song "The Night We Met".
While Clay is in class, Courtney uses Principal Bolan's slip to get him out of class to do a tour of school for a new student. They were supposed to do it together but she tells him that she has an appointment in the careers center in 5 minutes so she asks him to do it alone. She thanks him and leaves before he can say no to it.
Lainie is Clay's mother.
Matt is Clay's father.
Clay was Jeff's good friend and tutor.
Jeff and Clay were good friends, with Clay being Jeff's tutor. Where Clay would mentor Jeff on his studies, Jeff would mentor Clay on his approach to girls, particularly Hannah. Jeff took an active interest in Clay's progress in his relationship with Hannah, he encouraged Clay to dance with her at the Winter Formal and to spend time with her at Jessica's party. Jeff's death had a profound effect on Clay, who was the first passerby to find his body at the scene of the car accident. He was initially angry as he believed Jeff was drunk-driving, but still mourned his loss. When he believed that Jeff was not drunk, he told Jeff's parents the true story of what happened that night to give them some closure, but also possibly to get the weight off of his chest.
Sheri is Clay's friend.
Clay and Sheri have been friends for awhile. In the first season, Sheri had a crush on Clay. When doing homework together, Sheri started kissing Clay. This led up to Clay and Sheri making out on Clay's bed, when Sheri noticed that Clay was thinking about Hannah. Sheri told him that she hoped Clay wouldn't hate her for what she did after listening to her tape, shocking Clay because he didn't know she was on the tapes.
In the second season, Sheri helped Clay with detoxifying Justin. She also helped him get the box of Polaroids from the Clubhouse by convincing some jocks to bring her there. When Clay's mother mentioned that she was happy she and Clay were friends again, Sheri told her that she thinks Clay is still trying to forgive her.
Kat is Clay's oldest friend. She moved away after attending a going-away party at Hannah's house that he attended. She is only seen in the first season, twice.
Clay and Kat have a distant friendship, before Kat moved away, he attended her going away party with Hannah, Kat mentioned that the last party she saw Clay at was her birthday when she was in 4th grade (Year 5, 9-10 years old). Kat seemed to be back on track with Clay and it seemed like no time had passed. They both pointed out that a lot of time had passed and then Kat offered Hannah and Clay drinks.
- His favorite kind of music are obscure indie bands.
- He has depression and anxiety.
- Tyler is the only person who Clay publicly humiliates after learning he did the same to Courtney and Hannah.
- Clay loved Hannah and still does.
- Clay and Hannah were extremely close, to the point of nearly having sex at one point.
- Similarly to Hannah, Clay also nearly had sex with Sheri while they were in his room working on an assignment together.
- In Season 1, Clay has a scar on his forehead from an accident in "Tape 1, Side A", this was done so that fans could easily distinguish between Clay in the present day and Clay during the flashbacks that happen frequently in the show. In the second season, which takes place five months after the first, his forehead was healed.
- Clay did drugs for the first time with Hannah, Sheri, Alex, Jeff and Leah He did drugs once again at the Find Your Drink Party in the final season.
- Clay sang for the first time in the final season, he sang "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John.
- He was the first person to find Jeff in the car accident that killed him.
- Clay is the only person on Hannah's tapes who is not considered to be one of the reasons why Hannah killed herself. He is a tape subject because he is part of Hannah's story and she thinks that he needed to hear it.
- His favorite superhero is Iron Man.
- According to an Instagram Story, posted on the 13 Reasons Why Instagram account, Clays' email is 'firstname.lastname@example.org'. However, in the series finale, the email he gave to Heidi is 'email@example.com'.
- His favorite color is blue.
- Clay has a Planet Earth keyring attached to his bag.
- He dislikes Zombie movies.
- Clay and Hannah have secretly made fun of people who went to the movies by themselves.
- His favorite food is pizza.
- His official Instagram account is 'clayjensen0713'.
- In Season 3, Clay mentions to Justin Foley that he writes "Fan Fiction" which may joke towards the online fandom that creates Fan Fiction especially with the characters in 13 Reasons Why.
- His favorite reading materials are fantasy and sci-fi. Clay is revealed to like the indie comic book series Alien Killer Robots, which is about an endless war between humans and robots.
- The main character is named Percy. This may be a jab at the fact that Clay's actor, Dylan Minnette, looks similar to actor Logan Lerman, who played a YA character with the same name, Percy Jackson.
- Clay shows many symptoms of schizophrenia although it is never confirmed during the run of the show. His visual and auditory hallucinations have led to him making rash decisions such as almost shooting Bryce and confronting a supposed school shooter. Additionally, his nightmares, anxiety, depression, and dissociation are symptoms of the disease.
- Clay astrology sign is Libra♎ or Scorpio♏ due to the fact that his birthday is in October.
- See also: Category:Images of Clay Jensen