13 Reasons Why Season 4 was made official by Netflix last September, setting up what will serve as the final season for the series.
After the series released its third season last year, it became clear that formerly controversial water cooler topic series 13 Reasons Why was running out of reasons to cite, thus putting a finish line firmly on the horizon. While the show typically runs 13 episodes, this final run will contain just 10. However, creator/showrunner/EP Brian Yorkey remained onboard to see things through.
13 Reasons Why Season 4 Trailer
The trailer for the fourth and final season of 13 Reasons Why has arrived, previewing a series that must first pick up the pieces after Monty (Timothy Granaderos) was killed in prison at the end of Season 3. With the late Monty having spent the series as a bully and rapist, it made him the perfect patsy for the killing of Bryce Walker, whose real killer, Alex (Miles Heizer) is still out there; a hanging plot point likely to serve as the primary fuel for the show’s endgame.
13 Reasons Why Season 4 Release Date
13 Reasons Why Season 4 arrives on Netflix on Friday, June 5.
13 Reasons Why Season 4 Cast
Gary Sinise joined 13 Reasons Why for its final season as part of the main cast, putting in appearances for every episode. He plays Dr. Robert Ellman, who Netflix describes as “a compassionate, incisive, no-nonsense adolescent and family therapist who works to help Clay Jensen battle anxiety, depression, and grief.”
Sinise, best known from his Oscar-nominated role as Lt. Dan in 1994’s Forrest Gump, most recently appeared in the drama, SGT. Will Gardner, having come off TV runs on CBS shows Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and CSI: NY. Amongst vast credits, he’s famously appeared in Ron Howard films Apollo 13 and Ransom, starred in ABC’s 1994 TV miniseries of Stephen King’s The Stand and won a Golden Globe for his starring role in HBO’s 1995 presidential biopic, Truman. He’s also known for his philanthropic work for military veteran’s charities, which involves performances with his Lt. Dan Band.
Telegraphing the importance of Sinise’s Season 4 role, showrunner Brian Yorkey lauds in a statement:
“From the first moments we conceived of the role, I thought of Gary Sinise, but hardly dared to dream it might happen.” He adds, “A consummate actor and first-rate human, Gary brings the exact combination of toughness, smarts and heart the character needs. We’re all thrilled and honored to have him join us for this pivotal role in our final season.”
13 Reasons Why Season 4 Details
While 13 Reasons Why – a TV adaptation of Jay Asher’s book of the same name – set its handprint firmly in the cement of recent pop culture, notably due to its controversial teen-suicide-related content, the show’s imminent ending is hardly surprising. After all, Season 2 saw the exit of star Katherine Langford, whose character, Hannah Baker, posthumously left a series of videos explaining the (titular) 13 reasons for her suicide. Indeed, while the typically spendthrift Netflix has—for the first time since its meteoric rise—found itself having to tighten its budget and cancel some shows, one might consider that the thing on which the show’s title was based no longer appears to be a prominent part of its premise, limiting its shelf life.
Consequently, Season 3 saw the show move on to a new subject, the mysterious death of character Bryce Walker (Justin Prentice); a move that took the headline-generating topical series into a morosely surreal Riverdale-style direction, culminating in a bleak ending for the penultimate frame.