Nora Walker is a recurring character in the second season and a main character in the third season of 13 Reasons Why. She is portrayed by Brenda Strong.

Nora is the Mother of Bryce Walker, the Daughter of Harrison Chatham and the ex-Wife of Barry Walker.

Throughout the Series Edit

Season 2 Edit

She is first seen when Kevin Porter came to the Walkers house and asked if he could talk with her about her son's interactions with girls at school. She first told Mr. Porter that her husband isn't home, but then let him in.[1]

Through the season she was very sceptic of Bryce. She wasn't sure if their son is that good of a person and whether he's a rapist. She kept asking her husband if he doesn't think the stories are true. However Barry was convinced that Bryce isn't a rapist and he accused Nora of not knowing her son.[2]

Nora later confronted Bryce, asking him what happened with Hannah and Chlöe because she didn't believe what Bryce told in court was the whole story. At first Bryce told her he just had sex with them, but Nora kept asking questions. Bryce then described what happened with Hannah in a disrespectful way. This caused Nora to slap her son in the face and to tell him that he brought shame on the family.[3]

Personality Edit

During Season 1, Nora appeared to be an uninvolved mother. Nora is shown to be more involved in her son's life by Season 2, worrying over Bryce's possible arrest. She appears to initially believe Bryce's story of him not raping Hannah, however, she displays restlessness and disgust over Bryce's behavior when she finds out the true nature of her son. As a result, she slaps him, telling him how be brought shame to their family.

Unlike her husband, she does not attempt to forsake his son but takes him in after Barry practically disowns Bryce. She, however, changes from a permissive (or basically neglecting) parent to a more involved one, attempting to educate and teach Bryce in order to try to change Bryce's behavior towards woman, or life, in general. After her son's death, she is completely devastated especially during the funeral speech where she reminisces about the fun, short, times she and Bryce had in addition to the time Bryce defended her when Nora's father was verbally abusing her.

Even after knowing that her husband cheated on her, she decides not to use it against him. She assigns a nurse for and tries to rebuild her relationship with her father. she even tells her father that she knows he tried to be a good father.

She is shown to be a morally strong and independent woman despite being surrounded by toxic masculine figures her whole life.

As such, for most of the last season, Nora is fully dedicated to finding Bryce's true murderer, noting that she remembers Clay's group members quite well; their names been ingrained in her memory, insinuating that one of them killed her son and she will find who did it.

Physical Appearance Edit

Nora is a tall middle-aged woman with long brown hair roughly reaching the shoulders. She is light-skinned and has pale green eyes. In most episodes, she is seen to be wearing formal attire.

Relationships Edit

Bryce Walker Edit

For most of the series, Nora is an uninvolved and neglecting mother to him. Nora says to Bryce and Mr. Porter that she developed Postpartum Depression after his birth, which was why she neglected him as a child; but when she recovered and tried to reach out, Bryce pushed her away. It is shown in the second season that Bryce is a bit surprised when he notices Nora is up in the morning, because most of the time she doesn't care. Nora is shown to be more involved in her son's life by Season 2, worrying over Bryce's possible arrest. She appears to initially believe Bryce's story of him not raping Hannah, however, she displays disgust over Bryce's behavior when she finds out the true nature of her son, and in one case, slaps him.

In the third season, she takes him in after her divorce with Barry. She is shown to be cold with him and protective of Ani (as she knows her son is a rapist) at first, but she and Bryce become closer. He tells her that Barry cheated on her, and defends her to her dad. She calls Mr. Porter to counsel him. He also has yoga sessions with her. Bryce is shown to care about his mother even when she is not talking to him or is mad with him. After Bryce's death, she is devastated and determined to find who the killer is. She doesn't excuse any of her son's actions, but still loves him.

Barry Walker Edit

Barry is Nora's ex-husband. His marriage to her is implied to be more out of power and not out of love. Nora mentions that Barry uses silence to control her. In the second season,  Barry keeps defending Bryce while Nora doesn't fully believe him about his sexual assaults on other girls. In the third season, they get a divorce, and Nora moves in to the Chatham house with Bryce. One day, she sees Bryce and Barry fighting and asks Barry to stop. Barry says that Bryce broke into Barry's house and accuses Nora of not having proper control over Bryce. Bryce reveals Barry cheated on her and has a daughter named Kaitlyn. Nora doesn't use this information in the divorce case. After Bryce's death, Barry acts neglectfully, which infuriates Nora, but she says she doesn't expect anything better from him. However, they are seen holding hands and weeping during Bryce's funeral.

Harrison ChathamEdit

Harrison was Nora's father, Barry's father-in-law and Bryce's maternal grandfather.He was an uninvolved and abusive father to Nora. Nora told Bryce that he was too focused on his personal life to care about her. When Harrison becomes ill, Nora and Bryce move to Chatham house, and Nora assigns Amara Josephine Achola as his nurse.

After the revelation that Barry cheated on him, Harrison verbally abuses her until Bryce orders him to stop or he'll throw him out. Before Harrison's death, Nora tells him that she knows he tried to be a good father.

Amara Josephine AcholaEdit

Ani Achola Edit

Being the daughter of her ailing father's nurse and caretaker, Nora treated her with kindness and respect, as she was the daughter she could never have. Some months after her only child died via drowning, she let Ani reach out to her and confronted her in her self-doubts.

Chlöe Rice ==== Nora had accepted Chloe as Bryce's girlfriend during the second season. Nora starts to show more concern for Chloe when she notices bruises on her arm. Chloe believes that it's from cheer practice but Nora starts to believe that it's Bryce.

Appearances Edit

Season 1 Edit

Season 2 Edit

Season 3 Edit

Season Four Edit

  • (final appearance)

Quotes Edit

Can you honestly say you recognize the person on that tape? Have you ever said anything even remotely resembling the filth that came out of his mouth?
— Nora to Barry about Bryce's confession in The Little Girl
You've brought shame on this family. You're a stranger in this house.
— Nora to Bryce after he admits to raping Hannah in Bryce and Chloe

Gallery Edit

See also: Category:Images of Nora Walker

References Edit

  1. Cerar, Jo Marissa (writer) & Moncrieff, Karen (director) (May 18, 2018). "The Drunk Slut". 13 Reasons Why. Season 2. Episode 3.
  2. Kumar, Rohit (writer) & Candler, Kat (director). (May 18, 2018). "The Missing Page". 13 Reasons Why. Season 2. Episode 9.
  3. Cerar, Jo Marissa & Higgins, Thomas (writer) & Yu, Jessica (director). (May 18, 2018). "Bryce and Chloe". 13 Reasons Why. Season 2. Episode 11.
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