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The New ’13 Reasons Why’ Season Trailer Is Out And It Looks Like They’re Killing Off A Pretty Major Character

Get ready, everyone. The controversial, zeitgeist-defining show “13 Reasons Why” is back for season 3. And although we said a permanent goodbye to Hannah Baker last season, this season it looks like we’ll be saying goodbye to someone else. 

Bryce Walker. That’s right, the psychopathic rapist and Bully No.1 of the last two seasons appears to have been laid to rest in a new trailer that just dropped Thursday. 

And according to the same trailer, the cause of his death is nothing other than murder. 

That means that “13 Reasons Why,” a show that has become infamous for its graphic depictions of teen trauma, seems to have pivoted to murder-mystery format. 

So not only have the students of Liberty High been subject to dealing with the aftermath of a classmate’s suicide, multiple rapes, and an attempted school shooting, they can now add “murder” to the list of events they’ve had to deal with. We don’t know if any school counselor in the history of school counselors would be equipped to help with so much trauma. 

As a refresher for those of you who haven’t watched (or don’t remember) the ending of Season 2, we left off with us seeing Jessica feeling newly empowered after testifying about being sexually assaulted by Bryce, seeing Hannah’s parents deciding on divorce after losing their lawsuit against the school, and seeing Clay successfully thwart Tyler’s plans to carry out a school shooting. However, we were left hanging when it came to whether or not Clay would be blamed for Tyler’s school-shooting attempt.

The new one minute and thirty-six seconds-long trailer starts with an ominous voice-over that describes the unusual circumstances for the students at Liberty High. 

A mysterious British voice addresses a man named “Deputy Sandal” (presumably the man that will be investigating Bryce’s murder”). “Here’s the thing about the kids at Liberty High,” she says. “They’re connected by their secrets. Connected and forever changed. The truth is: given the right circumstances, the right motivation, anyone could have done this.”

The “this” in question is the murder of the aforementioned Bryce Walker. 

At the end of the trailer, Bryce’s mother pleads with Bryce’s classmates to reveal any information they may know of about the circumstances surrounding his death. “If any of you know anything. Please say something.” As usual, series protagonist Clay looks internally tortured and possibly ready to combust at any moment. 

A lot is riding on the upcoming season of “Thirteen Reasons Why” after their much-criticized previous seasons.

The show, which is considered one of Netflix’s most successful series, has long been a flashpoint for critics and parents alike who believed the show sensationalized serious subjects such as rape and suicide. 

Indeed, one recent study blamed “Thirteen Reasons Why” for a spike in suicide rates among teens after the show debuted. For its part, Netflix has responded to the accusations by calling the topic “critically important” and vowing to “ensure that [they] handle this sensitive issue responsibly”.

But regardless of the controversy surrounding the series, many viewers still can’t wait to see what happens with Clay and the rest of the gang from Liberty High.

The popularity of Netflix shows is unprecedented among Gen-Z’ers. Practically all of the internet is speculating about #WhoKilledBryceWalker and sharing their theories on Twitter.

This person makes a pretty convincing argument that the newest season is a set-up for a plot twist.

This is just further evidence that the show evolved from a Public Service Announcement to “Pretty Little Liars”.

This person sums up pretty accurately what most of us feel about the third season as well as Bryce’s death:

The creators knew what they were doing when they enticed us with the murder of the television most-hated character (second to King Joffrey, of course).

Some think Bryce Walker was a victim of suicide.

It would make sense that a young man who acted out so much hate on other people would secretly have the same amount of hate directed towards himself.

Others (like many of us) is confused as to why this show is still airing when it was based on a standalone novel.

Honestly, after the thirteenth tape was played on the last season, that really should’ve been it.

As for us, we can’t wait for the newest season simply in order to comb through Twitter for the inevitable new memes the season provides. Season 3 of “13 Reasons Why” is set to premiere on August 23rd on Netflix.

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, is trying to have her murder conviction thrown out. The 37-year-old woman has been in jail since 2018 for the murder and torture of her eight-year old son.

Pearl Fernandez is petitioning the court for resentencing, hoping to have her first-degree murder and/or second-degree murder charges thrown out.

Fernandez is hoping to have her sentence vacated based off of new changes to the California state penal code. “I think that she feels that somehow maybe, you know, the special circumstance will be dismissed or maybe she’ll have a chance that the D.A. will agree with the petition,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said to CBSLA.

In June 2018, a judge sentenced Pearl Fernandez to life without parole. The judge charged Pearl Fernandez with the 2013 torture and killing of her eight-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez.

On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez died after suffering a fatal beating from his mother. Pearl Fernandez was allegedly angry that he didn’t clean up his toys.

The details of Pearl and her boyfriend’s lengthy torture campaign against Gabriel Fernandez are both gruesome and numerous. Over the course of his eight-month stay with Isauro Aguirre, the couple broke his bones, burned him with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed him, and forced him to eat his own vomit as well as animal feces. And that is just a short-list of what they did.

The case came to national attention after the release of the 2020 Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez“. The documentary shone a spotlight on the insidious nature of child abuse. It also highlighted the systematic failures of the social services system that fails to protect children.

Elected officials have expressed their disgust at Pearl Fernandez for trying to escape justice by taking advantage of updated laws.

“The policies and directives from my office and these new laws created by the Legislature are emboldening murderers of children to apply to be re-sentenced,” said Deputy DA Hatami to City News Service. “This is completely unfair to the surviving families and their loved ones.”

He continued: “Families now have to relive all the horror that was perpetrated upon a small and helpless child. Based upon all the evidence presented at the grand jury, which was made public, and the jury trial, Pearl Fernandez was a major participant in the torture and murder of little Gabriel.”

It seems obvious by the fact that Pearl Fernandez is trying to get out of jail after torturing her son to death, that she isn’t remorseful about her actions.

Any other mother who killed her son would probably want to spend the rest of her life in jail instead of trying to find a way to get out of it.

If you believe someone you know is experiencing–or committing–child abuse, there are resources to help. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. Staying vigilant could help save a child like Gabriel Fernandez.

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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There is some very bad news for “Bridgerton” fans. On Friday, Netflix announced that Regé-Jean Page is not returning for the second season of the smash-hit Shondaland series. Regé-Jean Page played the dashing Duke Simon Basset in the first season.

Netflix told the world that Regé-Jean Page would not be returning to “Bridgerton” via a statement written in the voice of Lady Whistledown.

“While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family,” Lady Whistledown wrote.

They also added: “Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.”

Apparently, it was Regé-Jean Page’s decision not to return to the multicultural costume drama.

Although the role of duke Simon Basset shot Page to stardom, he feels that it’s now time for him to move onto bigger and better things. In an interview with Variety, Page said that Bridgerton producers always told him that his role would be a “one-season arc” with a “beginning, middle, end”.

“[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series,” said Page. “I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”

According to Bridgerton producers, the next season will largely revolve around Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) as he tries to nab the love of his life.

Unfortunately, that storyline doesn’t seem quite as appealing to Bridgerton fans who loved to stare at Regé-Jean Page’s face for hours on end.

“Well, not sure what the point of watching this now,” said one disgruntled Twitter user. “We all know that Simon was the reason why most of us were watching this :/”

Fans of the book series, however, were much quicker to jump to Regé-Jean Page’s defense.

“Guys, each season is about one brother/sister, first season was about Daphne, second season will be about Anthony!” wrote another fan. “Simon won’t be the main character as he was. Accept Anthony and Kate [the new love interest]”. They added later: “The name [of the show] is ‘Bridgerton’ not Duke of Hastings.”

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