Season two of 13 Reasons Why certainly turned the first season’s narrative on its head as the Baker family’s trial against Evergreen County School District, especially in how we view Hannah Baker, the heroine whose suicide turned the school upside-down. Through students’ testimonies, we learned that Hannah was once a bully, too, that her flirtationship with Justin didn’t end after the upskirt photo of her circulated the school, and that she even once did drugs with Clay. But the biggest bombshell for fans was during Zach Dempsey’s testimony: more specifically, that he and Hannah had been in a relationship.
That right — after Zach had received the note from Hannah and before Hannah and Clay were a thing, Hannah and Zach had a summer fling, even losing their virginities to one another.
Some fans were unsurprisingly ecstatic about this turn of events, since Zach spent much of the season redeeming himself from the blind eye he’d turned on injustices in the past.
Zach and Hannah in the summer were cute as shit. 😂💙 #13ReasonsWhy2 pic.twitter.com/Tq2dj1yrvh
— Laurence 🍂 (@notkennlau) May 18, 2018
Some even liked the couple more than they liked Clay and Hannah, who were canon in the first season.
This what happened to me in S2
Hannah and Zach deserved better#13ReasonsWhy2 pic.twitter.com/c80iDo8P8V
— εvα (@gcldrushh) May 19, 2018
Hit episode 6 of my 13 reasons why season 2 binge and zach and Hannah are better than clay and Hannah, fight me #13ReasonsWhySeason2
— Louis Edge (@louissedge) May 18, 2018
Others (i.e. ME), on the other hand, didn’t quite think the relationship fit into the timeline the first season had already established or believed it lacked emotional logic, especially considering what Hannah said on Zach’s tape.
hannah lost her virginity to zach dempsey? this is a completely unmentioned subplot that was pretty unnecessary and quite confusing….
— marz finlay 🎞 (@cloudyheaddd) May 18, 2018
So Zach and Hannah have a love story in the second season of 13rw and it’s funny because there really wasn’t anything between them in the first season. Pretty sure the writers were like “well we don’t have anything else to add.. let’s put a meaningless love story in here”
— lex (@bbqdsucculent) May 19, 2018
LITERALLY EVERYTHING WITH ZACH AND HANNAH BAKER IN SEASON 2 OF THIRTEEN REASONS WHY MAKES NO SENSE ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE WITH THE ORIGINAL STORYLINE OF ZACH LOWERING HER SELF ESTEEM AND BEING AN ASSH***
— Brianna (@briannamaria95) May 18, 2018
Well, whether you agree with the writers’ decision or not, they definitely found a way to get fans talking, along with other, more infuriating topics. What do you think?