Top 5 Details You Missed in 13 Reasons Why Season 2

Credits: Lisa Yang Lisa Yang
Script written by Nick Miller These are the details you missed from season of the 13 Reasons why! Did you catch the color of the nail polish on those anonymous notes left for Clay? Since it was eventually revealed that Zach was the one leaving the messages for Clay, we can’t help but wonder whether the nail polish was a subtle nod from the creators of the series or a conscious decision by Zach, who was another person close enough to Hannah to know the significance of the color. How about that photo Tyler took of Hannah at the park? The details of the setting are reminiscent of the picture of Hannah we first saw at the very beginning of the show in season 1, taped to the makeshift memorial on Hannah’s locker. What else did you catch? Let us know!
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Top 5 Details You Missed in 13 Reasons Why Season 2


Sometimes, there’s more going on than meets the eye. Welcome to Ms. Mojo, and today, we’re counting down our picks for the top 5 details you missed in “13 Reasons Why” season 2.

We’re looking at the little things most viewers probably didn’t catch on their first viewing of the new season.

#5: Alex’s Joy Division Poster


13 Reasons Why deals heavily with the subject matter of suicide, and the series’ multiple references to 70’s new wave band Joy Division continue this. Alex Standall, who dealt with his own suicide attempt at the end of season 1, has a poster for the band on his wall. Joy Division vocalist Ian Curtis tragically ended his own life, reflecting Alex’s own harrowing experience. The band’s song “Love Will Tear Us Apart” played in the opening episode of the show in season 1, while Tony was giving Clay a ride home. After Curtis’ death, the band reformed under the name New Order, who are the artists behind another song that can be heard in the season 2 premiere.

#4: The Day of the School Dance


The school dance that ends season 2 took place on April 20th. This day is remembered as the anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, one of the earliest and deadliest school shootings, becoming widely publicized in America in 1999. The date is chillingly appropriate given Tyler’s actions. April 20th is also significant as the day of student walkout protest across America in reaction to gun violence in 2018. Whether you think the show’s use of this important date is a fitting tribute or if they took it too far, there’s no denying the show’s precise use of symbolism.

#3: The Photo on Hannah’s Locker


In the first episode of season 2, Tyler testifies in the trial against the school. During his testimony, we see in flashbacks some of his interactions with Hannah before her death, including a photoshoot done in a park. Based on her clothing and details of the setting, it’s clear that this photoshoot created the picture of Hannah we first saw at the very beginning of the show in season 1, taped to the makeshift memorial on Hannah’s locker. Small details such as this truly add to the depth of the show, giving the world and events a stronger sense of realism.

#2: Sid & Nancy


Back in season 1, Justin and Jessica attended the school’s costume contest dressed as infamous punk rockers Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. In season 2, in his postcard to Jessica, Justin addresses Jessica as Nancy and signs himself as Sid. Vicious was the bassist of groundbreaking punk band The Sex Pistols, and he and Nancy had a rocky relationship that ended in both of their deaths. The pair were, like Justin, addicted to heroin, and Nancy was found stabbed to death in their hotel room. Vicious was arrested for her murder, but he was released and overdosed before he could be tried. Hopefully Jessica and Justin’s story has a better ending.

#1: Blue Nail Polish


Throughout much of season 2, Clay receives polaroids from an anonymous source along with cryptic notes about the extent of Bryce’s crimes. These notes are written in a distinctive blue nail polish; the exact same shade as the polish used by Hannah to label her tapes before her suicide. Since it was eventually revealed that Zach was the one leaving the messages for Clay, we can’t help but wonder whether the nail polish was a subtle nod from the creators of the series or a conscious decision by Zach, who was another person close enough to Hannah to know the significance of the color.

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