13 Reasons Why Ending Explained: Fans Left Heartbroken With Show's Ending
8 June 2020, 12:12 | Updated: 8 June 2020, 15:04
SPOILERS AHEAD - 13 Reasons Why's finale has left viewers heartbroken as the series ends with a funeral of a leading character. Here's what everyone has had to say about the last ever episode on Netflix.
Welcoming back favourite characters such as Alisha Boe as Jessica Davies and Dylan Minnette as Clay Jenson, the final ever season has some big twists and shocks for fans - and the 13 Reasons Why ending wasn't what everyone was expecting.
Here's everything you need to know about the 13 Reasons Why ending and why it causes such an emotional reaction - needless to say, don't read ahead if you don't want any spoilers!
13 Reasons Why Ending Explained
The show's epic finale wrapped in keeping with the dark and sombre theme of the programme as a whole, and saw the cast gather at Justin Foley's funeral after it emerged he was HIV positive which had developed into AIDS.
The start of the final series flashed forward to let viewers know there would be a funeral- but they kept it a mystery over which character's it would be.
It was known Justin's character had battled a heroin addiction and had also turned to sex work whilst he was homeless- and the controversial twist to the character's fate has garnered criticism from some who argued the show had an opportunity to show a HIV/AIDS diagnosis isn't a death sentence in the 21st century.
Dear @13ReasonsWhy: Your HIV/AIDS story line with Justin, the ONE character with a truly redeemable arc on this show, would have been a great opportunity to show HIV/AIDS isn’t a death sentence in the 21st century. I have tolerated a *lot* of unnecessary storylines & plots (1/2)— mikebross🏳️🌈 (@mbross44) June 6, 2020
I don’t want to survive in a world without Justin Foley getting a happy ending and being brothers with Clay and spending the rest of his life with his soulmate, Jessica 😭#13ReasonsWhy pic.twitter.com/lMxOy4GjOs— 🦋 (@tswiftsbt13) June 8, 2020
If you're a fan of the show- you'll know this isn't the first time it's come under scrutiny for the heavy themes it centres around including suicide, with Netflix editing a scene which saw Hannah take her own life with mental health activists arguing it could lead to 'copycat' suicides.
Others have praised the show's fearlessness in broaching incredibly tough topics and have taken to Twitter to say what an emotional rollercoaster the show has been now it's finished.
Not only did the final episode have people torn up, but the fact fans have been with the show for four whole series, knowing it wasn't making a return saw many bid farewell to the show.
One fan wrote: "I don’t think any show has ever made me so invested and so speechless throughout its entirety."
"The characters felt too real and the situations felt uncomfortable at times, but it did what no other show would."
"Goodbye #13ReasonsWhy, I’m glad I took the ride."
I don’t think any show has ever made me so invested and so speechless throughout it’s entirety.— “KJ” Gardner (@kadingardner) June 8, 2020
The characters felt too real and the situations felt uncomfortable at times, but it did what no other show would.
Goodbye #13ReasonsWhy, I’m glad I took the ride. 📼 pic.twitter.com/SVrxtuMvjh