Actor Justin Prentice is making it clear– there’s no way his “13 Reasons Why” character Bryce Walker can atone for the awful things he’s done on the show.
The new season of the hit Netflix show, which dropped Friday, revolves around Bryce’s murder and, most importantly, whodunnit.
Everyone has a motive for wanting the serial rapist dead. But in his final days, Bryce tries to turn over a new leaf. Still, for Prentice, that doesn’t mean Bryce gets off the hook.
Prentice told TV Guide, “There’s no redeeming what Bryce has done. He has done atrocious things. I think he’s certainly trying to make amends in his own ways for the actions that he’s done.”
Alluding to Bryce’s attempts to change, Prentice says, “I think it’s an interesting arc for him, in that we get to see him struggle with empathy, what it means to actually take other people’s feelings into account. He’s always just sort of been the alpha, jock who can do whatever he wants without consequences. This is the first time he’s really had to go, ‘Oh, I’ve done some irreparable damage to people.’ He sort of struggles with how to go about doing that. He’s learning to be emotional for the first time. It by no means rights the wrongs that he has done, but in his own way he is trying.”
Prentice is well aware that trying to show a more human side of his character might ruffle some viewers’ feathers. But that doesn’t worry him given the show’s history of inciting a debate. “It’s going to be controversial,” he says. “Our show has never shied away from the real and the visceral. It’s very human. You don’t have people who are monsters and only do bad. There’s good and bad for everybody. It’s all a spectrum. It’s very real to portray Bryce in this grey area.
Prentice continued, “I think that it’s important for people to see that every character, especially in this season, has secrets. Every character has a good side. Every character has a dark side.”