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"13 Reasons Why" Season 2 hint from Miles Heizer.

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In case you missed it, Season 2 of "13 Reasons Why" is headed to our small screens in 2018 and fans of the series are collectively freaking out. The most talked-about TV series of 2017 left viewers with some cliffhangers — and Alex's fate was a major one.

When the season ended, Alex was in the ICU after suffering a gunshot wound to the head — and a dark fan theory emerged suggesting that Tyler had shot him. The theory also hinged on further speculation that Tyler was planning a school shooting, which is why he had a box full of guns and photos of his classmates hanging in his room.

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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Miles Heizer (who plays Alex) shut down the theory that Tyler shot his character — and pointed out that there were hints throughout the season that Alex was veering towards a suicide attempt.

"It was interesting to see similarities between Alex and Hannah, because there are a lot of warning signs throughout the season," Heizer said.

He also hopes that Alex survived and the aftermath of the suicide attempt is explored:

"That's another subject that's very rarely shown onscreen and is probably a lot more common than people think it is. People attempting to take their lives and it not happening, I'm sure that will bring a crazy set of issues. It would be interesting to go into that."
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This doesn't mean the possibility of a school shooting is completely off the table — in the finale, Tyler was shown staring at his classmates' photos. But, after having a flashback of Alex sticking up for him when he was bullied, Tyler removed his photo — a possible sign that, if he was planning an attack, he'd spare Alex.

Like Heizer, I really hope that Alex survived his suicide attempt and the show explores his path to recovery. In Season 2, "13 Reasons Why" needs to send a strong message that suicide isn't glamorous and it's most definitely never the solution to a person's problems. With the right treatment and support, there is a happier, healthier future on the other side.

If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 911, or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

 

Citations: '13 Reasons Why': Biggest Burning Questions for Season 2 (The Hollywood Reporter)