What Grinds My Gears: 13 Reasons Why Season Two the Bathroom Scene

What did they gain from the inclusion of this graphic scene?

13 Reasons why has taken the world by storm since it’s release in March of 2017. It was a controversial show, which had people talking. Not all of it positive, but all of that buzz certainly brought more people to see the show. Season two released in May of 2018. While in season one I understood the point of this show it was pretty obvious. Bullying isn’t cool and you never know what people are actually going through. Someone could be on their last legs and it’s important not to tear people down. Its a good but rather obvious message.
In season two, a character named Tyler Down (Devin Druid) was raped in a very graphic scene. Personally, I don’t understand what they gain from showing this. Montgomery de la Cruz (Timothy Granaderos) is the individual who rapes Tyler and its a horrible scene. Following this obviously traumatizing experience, Tyler goes to the school with a gun and the audience doesn’t know if his target is his rapist or anyone he can take his rage out on. He ends up being talked down by Clay Jenson (Dylan Minnette), but what does this scene accomplish. Is the message to have friends because if no one cared about there wouldn’t be anyone to convince him not to go through with the shooting. Should I always be on the lookout for someone who seems mad and convinces them not to shoot up a school? There seems to be no message here nothing happens. A boy is put through a horrible experience and then takes it too far. What does the show want me to take away from this? I think going forward with season three the writers should ask themselves that question.

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