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Deputy Bill Standall is a recurring character in the first, second and third season and a main character in the fourth season. 13 Reasons Why. He is portrayed by Mark Pellegrino.

Bill is Alex and Peter Standall's father, Carolyn Standall's husband, and the sheriff's deputy in their town.

In Season 3, Deputy Standall was interviewing Ani Achola about the murder of Bryce Walker and was assigned to the case.

Early LifeEdit

Bill didn't go to college. In 2016, Bill moved with his family to Evergreen County.

Throughout the SeriesEdit

Season 1Edit

When Alex, was driving 90 on a 40 road, an unknown officer pulled him over, he approached the car and talked to Alex. He was then revealed to be Alex's father, when in conversation Alex calls him "Dad". Deputy Standall. He let Alex off the hook with a warning.[1]

Later in the season, just before Alex got taken away by an ambulance with a gunshot wound to his head, he was in Alex's room and complimented him on how clean his room was.[2]

Season 2 Edit

In "The First Polaroid", he checked on Alex in his bedroom, and tried to delay Alex's return to school as his mother wasn't happy about him returning so soon. Alex made him understand why he wants to return so soon and he told Alex that he will tell his mother.

In "The Second Polaroid", he lectured Alex about skipping school (with Jessica to the beach), his wife, Carolyn, asked him to be less harsh on Alex. However Bill explained that he is being harsh on him to get better. It was also revealed, in the same scene, that Alex shot himself with his fathers gun, leading to Bill blaming himself. In "The Third Polaroid", Bill celebrated Alex's birthday with Clay, Jess, Zach and his family, which later, got heated.

In "The Little Girl", Bill came to Alex's room to tell him to leave the door open. Alex apologized to him for what happened at the birthday party. Bill apologized to Alex because he thinks he's been pushing Alex too hard. Alex asked him if he can play a shooter game again to bring back more of his memory, but Bill was unsure about it.

In "The Box of Polaroids", Bill listened to Justin's testimony about Jessica's rape and arrested Bryce. In "Bye", Bill interviewed Monty about threatening everyone, including his Son.

Season 3 Edit

In the third season, Bill is seen taking Clay to the police station in the middle of a school day. Bill asked Clay about Bryce and revealed that Bryce is missing; he hasn’t been seen since the homecoming game.[3]

After Bryce’s body was found, the sheriff’s department started to investigate Bryce’s murder. They found steroids in Bryce’s car and started to go through Liberty High’s students lockers. Bill is seen going through the football team’s bags and Clay’s locker.[4]

Bill questioned Tony about how well he knew Bryce. Tony said he really didn’t. When he asked Tony if he’s sad, as today is Bryce’s funeral, Tony says that he’s suffered far worse than Bryce’s death.

Bill went through the Walker’s mansion camera footage provided by Barry Walker and found footage of Clay pointing a gun at Bryce. He showed this to Sheriff Diaz.[5]

Bill entered the City Gym when Alex was aggressively training. He told Alex to stop and started holding him until he calmed down.

Bill went through Alex’ room and found supplies for steroids. He asked his wife Carolyn if they were from the hospital, but Carolyn told him that they were a consumer brand. Carolyn asked what was going on, but Bill told her that it’s all going to be fine.[6]

Bill went to Nora’s yoga centre to ask her questions about Clay. Nora confirmed to him that Clay didn’t buy steroids from Bryce and they never hung out. When asked who Bryce did hang out with, Nora told him that he and Alex seemed close for a while.

Bill questioned Clay, who was just arrested, about the steroids that were found in his room. Clay told him he was holding them for a friend.

Zach confessed to Bill about he did to Bryce, believing Bryce died after Zach had beaten him up and left. Bill brought in Sheriff Diaz and revealed to Zach that what he did was no more than assault and battery. Bryce had water in his lungs, which means he died by drowning.[7]

Bill asked a colleague what footprints were found on the scene. There were footprints from someone who was dragging his right foot, Zach Dempsey. Bill asked about another footprint and thought it showed a left foot being dragged. He also asked about tire tracks on the scene.

Ani was brought in and told Bill about everything that had happened the past eight months. Eventually she revealed how Bryce was murdered, except that she told him that Monty killed Bryce when, in reality, it was Alex who killed him. Bill stopped the recording and told Ani that he had footprints and tire tracks of his wife’s car. Ani told him “he” wouldn’t have gone to the pier alone. Bill mentioned that it’d be a terrible thing to blame the wrong person and told Ani that Monty was dead. Ani told him to “let the dead bury the dead”.

Bill entered Alex’s room and told him that Bryce’s case was closed. He then told Alex that when he found him after his suicide attempt, he wished the bullet was in his own head instead. They exchanged “I love you’s” and hugged. Bill then burned the clothes that Alex wore on the night of Bryce’s murder, as he had realized that Alex had killed Bryce.[8]

Season 4 Edit

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PersonalityEdit

It is implied that before Alex's suicide attempt, Bill encouraged his son to act more manly, not really caring about his own interests. In a flashback, Alex states his father didn't care that he was in remedial math, as long as they went shooting together and Alex stood up straight. In Tape 2, Side A, Alex tells Clay that after he became friends with the "popular crowd", his father was relieved that he had male friends, as opposed to Hannah and Jessica. In Tape 3, Side B, Bill is proud of Alex for having gotten into a fight, regardless of the result. Alex also calls his father "sir" throughout the first season, only calling him "dad" when he isn't around.

After Alex's suicide attempt, however, Bill has become protective of his son and tries to participate in Alex's interests. He also blames himself for the suicide attempt, as it was his gun Alex used. He also reprimands Alex for skipping school and does not want him playing first-person shooter video games, thinking they could cause him to attempt suicide again. His devotion to Alex has no limits as he destroys evidence that ties Alex to Bryce's death, which Alex was in fact responsible for.

AppearancesEdit

Season 1 Edit




Season 3 Edit

Season 2 Edit

Season 4 Edit

QuotesEdit

Look, Alex, I know fighting isn't your thing, and you should avoid fighting when you can, but sometimes you can't. Okay? You showed real strength of character. You always do. We don't agree on everything, but we can agree on that. Proud of you, pal.
— Bill to Alex[src]

Deputy Standall: "You know, son, when I found you last year on the bathroom floor, I wished that bullet was in my head not yours. Do you understand?"
Alex: "Yeah, I understand. "
Deputy Standall: " I love you, son. "
Alex: " I love you too, dad."
Deputy Standall: "My boy."
―  Alex sharing a hug with his father[src]

Bill: "I don't want to put any more pressure on, all right? But every single one of us, we want the best for you. Your friends, they lined up because you deserve your life, and you do not want to throw that away."
Alex: "But, Dad, it's not right."
Bill: "The older I get, the less I think I know what's right all the time or that it's even ours to judge. I know one thing: your friends put it all on the line for you, and they're good, smart kids, and I think they did the right thing."
Alex: "But how do I deserve that? Dad, how do I live up to that?"
Bill: "Look at me. Believe this: I love you. OK? And I always will, and you don't have to do a damn thing to earn that, but be exactly who you are and live the best life you can."
―  Bill and Alex about hiding that he's Bryce's murderer[src]

Gallery Edit

See also: Category:Images of Deputy Bill Standall

"Tape 3, Side A"

"Tape 3, Side B"

"Tape 6, Side A"

"Tape 6, Side B"

"The First Polaroid"

"The Second Polaroid"

"The Smile at the End of the Dock"

"The Third Polaroid"

"The Little Girl"

"The Box of Polaroids"

"Bye"

"Winter Break"

"Valentine's Day"

"Senior Camping Trip"

"College Interview"

"Acceptance/Rejection"

"Prom"

"Graduation"

ReferencesEdit

  1. Bicknell, Julia (writer) & Alvarez, Kyle Patrick (director) (March 31, 2017). "Tape 3, Side A". 13 Reasons Why. Season 1. Episode 5. Netflix.
  2. Benjamin, Elizabeth (writer) & Yu, Jessica (director) (March 31, 2017). "Tape 6, Side B". 13 Reasons Why. Season 1. Episode 12. Netflix.
  3. Yorkey, Brian (writer) & Morris, Michael (director). (August 23, 2019). "Yeah. I'm the New Girl". 13 Reasons Why. Season 3. Episode 1.
  4. Smith, Trevor Mart (writer) & Hughes, Bronwen (director). (August 23, 2019). "Nobody's Clean". 13 Reasons Why. Season 3. Episode 5.
  5. Udofia, Mfoniso (writer) & Hughes, Bronwen (director). (August 23, 2019). "You Can Tell the Heart of a Man by How He Grieves". 13 Reasons Why. Season 3. Episode 6.
  6. Shang, Helen (writer) & Dowling, Kevin (director). (August 23, 2019). "There Are a Few Things I Haven't Told You". 13 Reasons Why. Season 3. Episode 11.
  7. MacDonald, Allen, Malone, M.K., Higgins, Thomas, Tyler, Hayley, Smith, Trevor Marti (writers) & Dowling, Kevin (director). (August 23, 2019). "And Then the Hurricane Hit". 13 Reasons Why. Season 3. Episode 12.
  8. Yorkey, Brian (writer) & Kretchmer, John T. (director). (August 23, 2019). "Let the Dead Bury the Dead". 13 Reasons Why. Season 3. Episode 13.

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