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 Life[edit | edit source]

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

Throughout the Series[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

At the Sheriff’s station, Sheriff Diaz and Deputy Standall call in Tyler to ask about the guns that were found in the river. Later, Alex questions his dad about the news of Tyler. Deputy Standall tells him to not worry about it.[9]

After Tyler leaves class to see Dr. Singh, Tony follows him but is stopped by Deputy Standall. He asks Tony if he needs something and reveals that Tyler is with Principal Bolan and he'll be in there too, making Tony realize Tyler lied to him.

During the Love is Love dance, Tyler gets called and leaves the dance. Tony follows him outside to see him get in Deputy Standall’s car and they drive off.[10]

Deputy Standall, together with Mrs. Jensen, joins the senior students' camping trip as a chaperone. They organize a treasure hunt and ask the students questions around the campfire.

At camp, Alex tells Deputy Standall he almost drowned and felt like he was being pulled down. He feels guilty about letting Bryce drown after that horrible experience and wants to confess to the police about it, but not involving the rest. His dad quickly shuts that down and tells him they all backed him up because he deserves a chance to live. He then comforts him before a scream is heard through the camp.[11]

Sheriff Diaz asks Deputy Standall about why he there isn’t a recording of Ani’s statement about Bryce’s murder, which Alex overhears.

At school, Deputy Standall informs Justin that his mother passed away, presumably from an overdose. He offers to drive Justin home, but Justin refuses his offer.[12]

After Clay and Tony interrupt a gun deal between Tyler and a dealer, Deputy Standall and Sheriff Diaz explain to Tony and Clay why Tyler was buying illegal guns; he was their informant. In exchange for dropping his charges against his bag of guns, they offered him a job of being a police informant. It was initially Deputy Standall's idea and he believes the community are safer now with Tyler's sacrifice.[13]

When Alex comes out to his family by revealing that he's dating Charlie, Deputy Standall is accepting. Later, he attends Liberty High's Senior Prom as a chaperone.[14]

After Justin's death, Deputy Standall attends his funeral. He helps Alex get back to his seat when he gets a panic attack while giving a speech.

At the sheriff’s station, Sheriff Diaz tells Deputy Standall that Bryce’s case is officially closed and that family is the most important thing. This implies that he found out that Bryce’s killer is Deputy Standall’s son, Alex.

At the end of the season, Deputy Standall attends Alex' graduation with Charlie and his family.[15]

Personality[edit | edit source]

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.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]




Season 3[edit | edit source]

Season 2[edit | edit source]

Season 4[edit | edit source]


Quotes[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

See also: Category:Images of Deputy Bill Standall

References[edit | edit source]

  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.
  9. Yorkey, Brian (writer) & Mulcahy, Russell (director). (June 5, 2020). "Winter Break". 13 Reasons Why. Season 4. Episode 1.
  10. Tyler, Hayley (writer) & Sucsy, Michael (director). (June 5, 2020). "Valentine's Day". 13 Reasons Why. Season 4. Episode 3.
  11. Yorkey, Brian (writer) & Sucsy, Michael (director). (June 5, 2020). "Senior Camping Trip". 13 Reasons Why. Season 4. Episode 4.
  12. MacDonald, Allen, Tyler, Hayley, Ordaz|Evangeline (writer) & Gonera, Sunu (director). (June 5, 2020). "College Interview". 13 Reasons Why. Season 4. Episode 7.
  13. Jahani, Sahar, Higgins, Thomas (writer) & Gonera, Sunu (director). (June 5, 2020). "Acceptance/Rejection". 13 Reasons Why. Season 4. Episode 8.
  14. Yorkey, Brian (writer) & Lohmann, Tommy (director). (June 5, 2020). "Prom". 13 Reasons Why. Season 4. Episode 9.
  15. Yorkey, Brian (writer) & Yorkey, Brian (director). (June 5, 2020). "Graduation". 13 Reasons Why. Season 4. Episode 10.

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