|“||Coach, come on! Please! I don't wanna die like this! If this is gonna be that last day of my life, I wanna be doing the right thing.||”|
|— Diego to Coach Kerba during the school lockdown, in "Thursday"|
Diego is a former student of Liberty High School, former football player of Liberty Tigers and the ex-lover of Jessica Davis. He serves as the main antagonist of Season 4, along with Winston Williams.
In the fourth season, Diego is introduced as one of the football players of Liberty High. He is mourning Monty and actively trying to find out who Bryce's actual murderer is in order to clear Monty's name. At the same time, he strikes up a short-lived romance with Jessica Davis, and eventually gives up on the investigation as it would cause her more pain after Justin's death.
Throughout the Series
At Liberty High, the students were in for a surprise. Metal detectors had been placed at the entrance of the school building accompanied by school resource officers (SROs).
At Future Fair, Liberty students gathered to check out the club and institution representatives. Diego and the football team wore "de la Cruz" jerseys in honor of Monty. They wanted Estela de la Cruz to also be a part of it, so they handed her a jersey, but she refused. They didn't back down, however, and kept insisting that she put it on. Charlie defended Estela's decision. Clay then confronted them. After Diego Torres claimed Monty’s innocent in Bryce’s death, the two engaged in a fistfight. It ended up with only Diego getting detention as SROs thought he started it.
Diego is charismatic, aggressive, and a fiercely loyal leader of a divided football team struggling to understand the loss of one of their own. He has a violent temper and trust issues due to his grief and confusion. This is evident when he learns Zach assaulted Bryce the night before he died and beats him up brutally when he asked for answers regarding Bryce's murderer.
Despite his temper, he seems to show a level of respect and decency different from that of his teammates. When he and Jessica spoke about Charlie's apparent sexuality, Diego challenges Jessica's assumptions on his own thoughts about Charlie. This sparks an interest between each other, leading them to dance at the Valentine's Day dance. After the dance, they were seen hanging out together during the senior camping trip. In another instance, when Winston claims Jessica's life is more of a struggle with Bryce being alive, this disgusts Diego. Diego claims he doesn't hate on gays and it was proven when he cheers for Charlie and Alex when they were crowned Homecoming royalty, which is presumptively due to Charlie being on the team and royalty is voted by the football team.
When it comes to his interactions with Clay Jensen, he pranks Clay by robocalling him multiple times, forcing Clay into doing multiple things he didn't want to do, in revenge for Clay fighting against the football team. When Clay overreacted to the dummy prank, Diego becomes convinced that he knows something about Bryce's murder as innocent people don't overreact to such pranks. Their interactions become heated after a while, with Diego calling Clay 'crazy' and 'prick' as well as pushing Clay into an abyss. Afterwards, they weren't
Diego is Dominican with short black hair, brown skin, and brown eyes. Being a football player, Diego is muscularly built and is often seen wearing a football jersey with the number 32 (Monty's football number), Liberty Tigers shirts and varsity jackets.
Diego expresses throughout season 4 him and Monty were close and memorializes him after his death. Admitting at the "Senior Camping Trip" that Monty was the one who got him to play football, and at the house party, he "pours one out" for Monty. When Winston tells him about his relationship with Monty, Diego says that he's fine with Monty being gay but is upset that he didn't know. He wants to clear Monty's name as he's convinced he didn't kill Bryce, but gives up because he does not want to hurt Jessica.
Jessica is Diego's ex-lover and friend.
|“||Now I know some of you didn't like Monty, but I think we can all agree he deserved to live to see this day. (...) To our friend and brother, Monty de la Cruz. Rest in peace, man.||”|
|— Diego pouring out a drink for Monty[src]|
|“||I always trust my boys to have my back. And I... I trusted Monty. He was the one that got me to play. Freshman year, I, um, remember telling him, 'Dominicans don't play football.' But he wouldn't take that. He taught me pride, he taught me what it was to trust someone, and I miss him.||”|
|— Diego at the campfire[src]|
- Diego is Dominican.
- Montgomery de la Cruz got him to play football.
- The fight between Justin and Diego in "Acceptance/Rejection" shed light on Police Brutality people of color have to face in USA, as only Diego was arrested and was subjected to racial slurs when the physical altercation was started by Justin. This incident leads the Clay and Jessica to take matters in their own hands and start a movement with the student body to remove SROs from the school, resulting to a riot. Jessica eventually takes full responsibility for the riot in order to convince the school administration to reinstate Prom and drop the charges on Diego and Justin in "Prom".
- Diego is the third main character that is Hispanic,the first being Tony,and the second being Monty.
- The position Diego plays on the football team is defensive back.
- See also: Category:Images of Diego Torres
- IMDb — "Jan Luis Castellanos - Biography - IMDb" (May 18, 2020)
- Deadline — "’13 Reasons Why’: JanLuis Castellanos Joins Final Season Of Netflix Series" (February 11, 2020)
- Yorkey, Brian (writer) & Sucsy, Michael (director). (June 5, 2020). "Senior Camping Trip". 13 Reasons Why. Season 4. Episode 4.
- Yorkey, Brian (writer) & Mulcahy, Russell (director). (June 5, 2020). "Winter Break". 13 Reasons Why. Season 4. Episode 1.