Let the Dead Bury the Dead is the thirteenth and final episode of the third season of 13 Reasons Why. It is the thirty-ninth episode of the series overall.

This episode focuses on Montgomery de la Cruz as the main suspect in Bryce Walker's murder along with the reveal of Bryce's killer.

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Clay is released on bail, Ani puts a plan to exonerate him into action, and the truth about Bryce's murder finally comes to light.

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Monty is in jail, and his dad visits him. His dad is angry at him, not for sexually assaulting someone but for doing it to a guy. Monty's dad asks him if he is gay, and Monty admits that he is. His dad tells him that he can expect to be severely beaten — or worse — because he is gay, but Monty responds, "At least none of them will be my dad." Monty's dad spits in Monty's face and leaves.

Clay's mom tells Justin and Clay to keep a low profile while they continue to investigate the murder. Justin knows what can save Clay- something that Jessica told Ani a previous night.

Ani gets called into the police station for questioning by Deputy Standall. Ani claims that she has a plan that will fix everything. Ani tells him that many people had motive to kill Bryce - but the key is who would have the guts to "take the gun and pull the trigger". She also explains what really happened at the spring fling dance, with Tyler and the potential shooter situation. Then, she tells the Deputy that Monty is the one who threatened and ultimately killed Bryce at the docks.

In a flashback, Monty sees Winston taking yearbook photos and approaches him. He says sorry for beating him up. Winston invites Monty to his house to hook up and sleepover. They do. This is the same night that Bryce was killed, which proves Monty's innocence.

In another flashback, we see the actual person who went to the dock was Alex. He went with Jessica to get what Bryce had to give her. Bryce gave Jessica a bloody tape. Jessica takes it and walks away, saying she has nothing else to say to him. He's still wounded and on the ground after Zach beat him up and will likely die if they don't do something to save him, he pleads them for help. Alex goes back to pick up Bryce to help him. Bryce, in pain, threatens to destroy Zach when he gets back. He even says that Jessica set him up to get attacked by Zach and everything is her fault.

Alex, realizing that Bryce will never stop inflicting pain on others, decides to end it all. He walks him down to the edge of the dock and pushes Bryce into the water. Bryce drowns.

Ani tells Deputy Standall this, except she replaces 'Alex and Jessica' by 'Monty'. The group all helped with putting up proof of Monty being the murderer, which they came up with after they found out Monty was dead. Charlie turns on Monty and plants the tape that Bryce gave Jessica in Monty's locker. Ani hints to Deputy Standall to look there for evidence.

Deputy Standall seemingly already figured out that Alex is guilty. He recognized the tire tracks near the dock, Alex's limping and figured out that Alex bought steroids from Bryce. He wants to protect Alex and is fine with pinning it on Monty.

Deputy Standall tells Ani that Monty died earlier that day. He was awaiting trial for Tyler's sexual assault in jail and someone killed him in prison. Ani tells the deputy, "Let the dead bury the dead." The case is closed. Deputy Standall burns the clothing that Alex wore on the dock.

In a flashforward to Thanksgiving, we see the Jensens, Tony and his boyfriend Caleb, and Justin having dinner together. Tony Skypes with his family in Mexico and Justin asks for help with his drug problem. Meanwhile, Ani and Clay start dating officially. Tyler has a photography exhibition at Monet's of everyone who helped him the past year. Alex and Jessica make up at Monet's. Meanwhile, a fishing boat pulls one of Tyler's guns out of the river. Winston shows up outside Monet's and tells Ani that Monty was with him when Bryce was killed and that he didn't deserve to die like that. Jessica declares that they all finally deserve some "fucking happiness".

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Clay, you asked me how I do it. It's easy. I show up. Every day, I show up, no matter what. Good days or bad, because that's all we can do. And that's all you can do.
— Priya Singh telling Clay how she does her job
You've hurt everyone I ever loved.
— Alex to Bryce
Hey, Jess. It's me. Yeah, I know. A tape. Yes, I did it on purpose. Not to be a dick, but because the day I listened to those tapes, my life changed. And I bet the same is true for you. And for Justin, and Zach, everyone. And I wanted to give you this. I thought you'd hear me better if I wasn't standing in front of you. You said I had no idea what I'd done to you. You were right. I can't stop thinking about you. I'm replaying that night in my mind. I raped you. I heard you say no, and I did it anyway. Because I wanted to, and I didn't care how you felt. Justin tried to stop me. I wish I could tell you that there was a a tiny voice in my head telling me that what I was doing to you was wrong. There wasn't. I never had one of those before. That's not an excuse, it just is. I raped Hannah Baker. I raped seven or eight other girls. Some of them were my girlfriends at the time. I won't name them, but if they choose to tell you, believe them. I'm broken. I know that. I'm a person in a thousand pieces. But I'm seeing a counselor. It's a long, hard process, but little by little, you start picking up the pieces. And you realize that what you're making is a mirror. And the more pieces you put together, the more you see yourself. I'd like to say that I'm not the same person who raped you anymore, Jess. But what I've come to realize is that I'll always be him. But I'm trying to be better. To be someone worth something in this world. I have this dream that I could be someone who protects people somehow. Protects them from people like me, like who I was. I don't know. I am so fucking sorry for what I did to you. And I know words add up to nothing compared to what I took from you. Someone once told me that it'll take me a lifetime to learn what sorry is. They're right. But I'm starting. If you've listened this far, thank you. It's more than I deserve. I wouldn't blame you if you smashed this tape to fucking pieces. I would. I wish you the best, Jess. Truly. Goodbye.
— Bryce's tape for Jessica
Justin: "It's not supposed to be easy for people like us. We're meant to go through shit and make it out alive."
Clay: "That's the trick, you have to make it out alive."
Jessica: "You know what? I want better than that. We've been through so much shit and I just want something different. I want more."
Clay: "I'm with you."
Jessica: "We deserve some fucking happiness."
Justin: "Yeah, we do."
Clay: "Yes, we do."
―  Clay, Justin and Jessica talk about life

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Soundtrack Edit

Song Artist Album Scene
Theme Song: "Oh In This World Of Dread, Carry On" by Eskmo
"The New Great Depression" The Moth & The Flame Ruthless Mr. de la Cruz visits Monty in jail.
"Miss U" Charli XCX 13 Reasons Why: Season 3 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) Tony talks with Caleb at the gym.
"All Your Life" Angelo de Augustine 13 Reasons Why: Season 3 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)
Tyler shows Alex the photos he took of himself the past months.
"Survive" Chelsea Wolfe Abyss Alex and Jessica drive back home after what they did.
"Still Want to Be Here" Frightened Rabbit 13 Reasons Why: Season 3 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)
Painting of a Panic Attack
Deputy Standall burns Alex's clothes.
"Find The River" R.E.M. Automatic for the People Tyler reveals his exhibition at Monet's.
"Ordinary World" Eskmo ft. White Sea 13 Reasons Why: Season 3 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) End credits.

Original Music Edit

Song Artist Album Scene
"Our 13 Reasons" Eskmo 13 Reasons Why (Season 3 - Original Series Score) Monty is brought back to his jail cel.
"Who Killed Bryce Walker" Eskmo 13 Reasons Why (Season 3 - Original Series Score) Bryce and Monty fight on the field.
"The Last Tape" Eskmo 13 Reasons Why (Season 3 - Original Series Score) The group start to listen to Bryce's tape.
"Justin" Eskmo 13 Reasons Why (Season 3 - Original Series Score) Justin reveals he hasn't stayed clean during the Thanksgiving dinner.

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