This '13 Reasons Why' Fan Theory About Scott Has Us A Bit Baffled
No doubt most of you have already binged your way through hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, after its long-awaited second season dropped last month.
WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS
The new season picks up where the first left off, as Liberty High prepares to go on trial for Hannah Baker's suicide.
Near the beginning of the series, the plot hints to us that there could be something a bit sinister about baseball jock Scott - thanks to a long, lingering look between him and Clay that just screams 'THERE'S SOMETHING FISHY GOING ON HERE'.
But as the narrative moves forward in further episodes, our uneasiness seems to become unjustified when he actually helps Clay and his pals confront Monty, who has been dishing out nasty messages to people testifying in the Bakers' case.
That all made Scott just seem like a pretty decent, normal guy - meaning that all those weird glances between Clay and Scott suddenly seem a bit confusing, and have left us all doing a bit of a universal shrug.
Some viewers started discussing on Reddit how Scott's character should have been better utilised - in particular, why wasn't he the subject of Hannah's summer fling, which turned out to actually be Zach?
Reddit user eRkUO2, arguing that Hannah and Zach's relationship actually created 'continuity errors',wrote: "Many issues have been raised about the writers needing to display Hannah having a positive relationship with a boy. Choosing Zach to fit this role created continuity errors with season one. Why not choose Scott to fit this role?
"The show already hinted at him being a decent guy, similar to Zach in S1, but did NOTHING with this character otherwise.
"He already seems like someone who feels sorry and is secretive in nature so that role would fit well for him. It would also solve the issue of the Polaroid messages left feeling like something Zach wouldn't do."
Another Redditor added: "That is exactly what I thought was going to happen when the role and casting [of Scott] was first leaked.
"He could have been the new guy working at the theatre while Clay was away in the summer, they could have had a fling, maybe he was supposed to go back home afterward, but for whatever reason ends up back at Liberty for Spring term right when the trial starts... he could have been a 'surprise' witness by the school.
"So much potential, lost."
Funnily enough, even the bloke who played Scott, Brandon Butler, was equally confused about his place in the series.
He told Seventeen: "I had a discussion early on with [showrunner] Brian Yorkey and he told me that Scott actually wasn't a bad guy like Bryce, so I at least was conscious of that while filming. Other than that though I wasn't fully sure who or what Scott was about. I was learning who he was as we got the scripts over the course of filming.
"I'm glad that Scott did the right thing in the end... I have no idea if there will be a season 3 or if Scott will even be back (I hope so though).
"But if there is, selfishly, I think it would be kinda interesting to see Scott hanging out with Clay's crew and maybe learn more about Scott's relationships with Bryce and Monty."
He added: "Scott's still a mystery to me."
Even with the idea of this potential, hypothetical summer fling, I think I'm just going to go back to that shrugging I was talking about earlier...
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