Top 10 Moments from 13 Reasons Why Season 4
VOICE OVER: Phoebe de Jeu
WRITTEN BY: Emma Schell
These moments from “13 Reasons Why” Season 4 were rough, but what would you expect at this point? Thankfully it's the end for these students, because they've been through more than enough. Our countdown includes Clay breaks down at the police station, the football team “pranks” Clay, prom, and more!
Thankfully it’s the end for these students, because they’ve been through more than enough. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Moments from 13 Reasons Why Season 4.
For this list, we’ll be looking at the most pivotal, surprising, and memorable moments from the final season of 13 Reasons Why. Since we’ll be going over all the major season 4 moments, a spoiler alert is in order.
#10: Clay Breaks Down at the Police Station
When the Jensen family is told by the doctor that Justin - who’s been diagnosed with AIDS, is not able to breathe on his own and requires a ventilator, Clay becomes aware of just how serious Justin’s ill state is - which pushes Clay over the edge. In true Clay Jensen fashion, he runs out of the hospital and finds himself at a police station where he brazenly announces he has a gun. Luckily, Sheriff Diaz is able to calm him down and it is revealed that he never actually had a gun. It is later revealed in Clay’s conversation with his therapist that he lied about having the gun because he wanted someone to notice him and the pain he was going through.
#9: Car Accident with Zach and Clay
One of the most jaw-dropping moments of Season 4 comes when an intoxicated Clay loses control of Zach’s car and drives it off the road when they’re heading home from a party. When Zach returns to school after the car crash, we learn that not only did Clay crash Zach’s car, but he also fled from the accident leaving Zach on the side of the road with multiple injuries. While in past seasons of the show, Clay has mostly stayed level- headed in stressful situations, but this moment highlighted the downhill spiral Clay had been on since the beginning of the season.
#8: The Football Team “Pranks” Clay
While we’ve seen Clay be tormented by his peers in previous seasons, nothing compares to the stunt the football team pulls on him in this episode. Led by Diego, the team decides to seek revenge for their former teammate Monty, who they suspect was framed for the murder of Bryce Walker. Starting as anonymous phone calls to Clay that claim they know Monty is innocent, the “pranks” grow even more disturbing as they splatter fake blood all over the school showers and place a bloody CPR doll on the football field. Things grow even more unsettling as Clay, who is on the brink of a mental breakdown, begins to hallucinate real blood coming from the showers and Monty dying on the field.
#7: Clay Realizes He’s Been Disassociating
Throughout the season, someone has been wreaking havoc on Liberty High - spraypainting “Monty was framed” on school walls, smashing the security cameras, and setting Principal Bolan’s car on fire. While Clay begins growing suspicious of his friends, wondering if they could be the ones threatening to come clean about Bryce’s death, we learn in episode 8 that the vandal was in fact, Clay. Clay does not realize this though because he is suffering from dissociative episodes, which causes him to partake in these out-of-character acts while not remembering them.
While prom might be a night of fun and dancing for most people, did we really expect nothing to go wrong for the Liberty High students? Although things may have run smoothly for a little while - with Alex and Charlie being crowned prom royalty and Justin surprising Jess with a dance - things quickly turned south fast. Whether it be Zach bringing an escort as his date, Winston threatening to reveal the truth about Bryce’s death and the framing of Monty over his murder, or Justin collapsing in the middle of the dancefloor- this is far from being your average prom night.
#5: Liberty High Students Start a Riot
When a fight breaks out between Justin and Diego, it takes only seconds before one of the many cops on Liberty High’s campus begins to break it up. However, while breaking up the fight, an officer decides to only arrest Diego- who is of Dominican descent- while also hurling racial slurs at him. The already angry students led by Jess and Clay, who had just found out that their parents and school officials had been spying on them, decide to take matters into their own hands and start a riot. The riot grows incredibly tense as the school employs law enforcement to “forcibly remove” students, while Clay calls for the students to “burn it down”. Talk about a sign of the times.
#4: Charlie & Alex Kiss
While sexuality is not a topic that 13 Reasons Why shies away from, it did come as a welcome surprise to fans when Alex, who had quite a long relationship history with Jessica, began to explore relationships with men. One of these relationships is with football quarterback Charlie St. George, who comforts Alex during an intense lockdown drill when side effects from Alex’s traumatic brain injury cause him to have a panic attack. When the lockdown is over and everything has calmed down, the two share multiple kisses after coming out of hiding. We definitely ship these two, who provided us with one of the happiest moments of the season.
#3: Liberty High Goes Into Lockdown
Tensions were incredibly high in this episode when Liberty High underwent a mock lockdown that included a “shooter” (aka the police) banging on classroom doors and firing fake gunshots. Unbeknown to the students, the lockdown was actually a drill preplanned by school officials, the police, and parents. Clay, who struggled severely with his mental health throughout the season, didn’t take the news that it was a drill well and flipped out on Principal Bolan and the participating officers, claiming that they were terrifying the students. Clay ended his meltdown with taking an officer’s gun and then getting tackled by cops- leading Clay to be admitted into psychiatric hospital (xref).
#2: Alex Confesses to Winston
It is no question that the Liberty High students love to keep secrets, and maybe the biggest secret of them all is who really killed Bryce Walker. Winston, who knows that Monty was framed for Bryce’s murder because he was with him that night, spends the entirety of the fourth season searching for answers to try and clear Monty’s name. However, this search comes to end when Alex confesses to Winston that he was the one that murdered Bryce. Surprisingly, Winston later implies that he will keep his secret after confiding in Alex, because although he loved Monty, he loves Alex as well.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
Alex Kisses Zach
Zach and Clay Fight College Guys
Jessica & Clay’s Graduation Speeches
Clay Finds out About the Parent-School Meetings
The Gang Buries Hannah’s Tapes
#1: Justin Dies
Nobody - and we mean nobody - saw this coming. After Justin collapses at prom, he is sent to the hospital where the Jensen family finds out that Justin has tested positive for HIV and because it was left untreated, it has developed into AIDS. It is not long before Justin’s family and friends find out that Justin will not survive, and begin to say goodbye to him - can someone pass the tissues, please? After Justin’s death, Clay talks to his imaginative version of Justin who tells him to read his college essay about positive influences - and in possibly the most heartbreaking scene from this season, Clay finds out Justin wrote his essay about him. Can you hear us sobbing? We’ll never recover from that.