How the ’13 Reasons Why’ Boss and Star are Like the ‘Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson’ of Netflix

Netflix will launch 13 Reasons Why Season 4 — the final season — on June 5. The characters will wrap up their senior year with what fans hope will be a satisfying conclusion. With the end of the series in sight, the showrunner, Brian Yorkey, provided some insight into his relationship with the cast he has worked with over the course of the show. [Spoiler warning: The following article contains details about 13 Reasons Why Season 3].

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‘13 Reasons Why’ Season 4 will set the stage for vital conversations

Emotional themes will be front and center during 13 Reasons Why Season 4. From the death of Hannah Baker in season 1 to the coverup of Bryce Walker’s murder in season 3, Clay, Tony, and the rest of the Liberty High crew have been through the wringer. Showrunner, Brian Yorkey, spoke with Entertainment Weekly about how the past will impact the narrative. He told the publication this:

“Because of the accumulation of secrets that they’ve kept and things they’ve endured, our characters will be really trying to figure out a way to deal with the emotional costs of everything they’ve been through to survive the rest of their senior year and finally get free and hopefully for, at least some of them, get the hell out of Evergreen County.”

Yorkey also explained to Entertainment Weekly how mental health conversations will factor into 13 Reasons Why Season 4 and pave the way to introduce a new character.

‘13 Reasons Why’ Season 4 will welcome a new central cast member, Gary Sinise

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“Clay has some mental health struggles in season 4 and Tony does too, but Tony deals with them in a different way,” reveled Yorkey in the interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Gary Sinise was cast to play Clay’s therapist, Dr. Ellman, and Clay’s mental health is very central to the season and very central to some of the mysteries that crop up.”

Yorkey provided even more in-depth insights into the story, saying, “One of our driving questions is: How is he going to ultimately process everything he’s been through and the secrets he’s keeping, and can he continue to keep these secrets and find some way back to balance and to health?”

The showrunner and the cast form a ‘tight team’

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When speaking with Entertainment Weekly about the on-set working relationship, Yorkey used a sports analogy to explain the creative collaboration. The showrunner mused:

I love all these characters like they’re my kids. I think naturally I came to identify so strongly with Clay over the course of these seasons and Dylan [Minnette] and I are such a tight team. I often compare us to Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson and then I have to explain to most of the writers on staff who Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson are. That’s our relationship so it’s been such a deep collaboration and it really has been with all of the actors.

Brian Yorkey to Entertainment Weekly

As the Seattle Seahawks coach and quarterback, Carroll and Wilson set an exemplary example of teamwork that any group would do well to emulate. With that in mind, the 13 Reasons Why cast and crew have the potential to deliver a dynamite final season if they follow their lead.

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