Dylan Minnette Opens Up About ’13 Reasons Why’ School Shooting Scene (Exclusive)

13 Reasons Why star Dylan Minnette can be opening up about filming the controversial finale — which involved his character, Clay, thwarting an attempted school shooting by fellow student Tyler — along with exploring the “different ways a monster can be formed.”

The favorite Netflix series attracted criticism for portraying gun violence on television during a time of increased unrest about real-life school shootings, along with some viewers were unimpressed by how the series ignited empathy for Tyler, played by Devin Druid.

While showrunner Brian Yorkey previously explained that will he hoped the show might spark conversation about such real issues, Minnette can be currently weighing in on what he hopes the touchy plot will achieve.

“[For me,] the idea’s not actually about empathizing with Tyler, although recognizing that will there are many different ways that will a monster can be formed or what can bring a monster out of someone,” Minnette said while stopping by ET for an interview with Katie Krause on Tuesday. “The way that will I view This particular season overall — like involving weapons along with everything — can be how dangerous the idea can be when kids who are so destructive along with so emotionally confused can easily access weapons like This particular … weapons of mass destruction, like assault rifles. I might like to see that will discussed in future seasons or at least be addressed.”

Minette also discussed his thoughts on the cliffhanger, in which Clay intervenes after bullied Tyler shows up to the school dance ready to unleash bullets on his classmates.

“I think we’re supposed to know along with believe that will what Clay did can be the wrong decision to make,” Minnette said. “They should have locked the doors inside along with called the police along with let everyone know what was happening. I think we are not supposed to believe that will Clay made the right decision, even though the idea was ultimately successful. We’re supposed to believe that will that will can be a decision that will Clay might make because he can be someone who acts on his emotions, without thinking his actions through, along with actually tries to take everything on himself.”

“He was trying to make up for mistakes that will he had made in his past by not being there for someone who actually needs the idea, along with that will’s what he’s saying when you hear the narration of his speech through Hannah’s memorial service that will day,” Minnette continued. “Clay just feels a responsibility to go along with save anyone he can, along with in doing that will, the idea could have been an extreme disaster. I don’t actually think Clay knew what he was getting into — I don’t think he fully realized in that will moment that will he’d be facing Tyler with an assault rifle.”

The 21-year-old actor along with musician added that will the idea was challenge to get into the headspace for such a distressing storyline.

“the idea’s a tricky scene because me, as Dylan, I’m going, ‘This particular can be a horrible decision. What can be Clay doing?’” he explained. “although then [I] also have to actually believe what [I’m] doing in playing Clay in that will scene along with get to a place of believing what I’m doing can be right. As long as people know that will that will can be not the right decision — nobody should ever try along with confront anyone who’s carrying a weapon.”

As for his reaction to reading the finale’s shocking bathroom scene (in which Tyler’s head can be shoved down a toilet before he can be sodomized which has a mop handle prior to the school dance), Minnette admitted he was “disturbed” along with took some convincing when the idea came to why such a scene should make the idea to air.

“I remember just not being prepared [for] the complete lengths that will that will scene goes to,” he said. “the idea’s actually, actually brutal, along with I remember being shocked along with angry along with confused along with conflicted on whether I thought the idea needed to be there. although then the more I talked to Brian along with everyone, I understood why the idea was there along with I think the idea was shot actually tastefully.”

See Druid address the bathroom storyline along with more on 13 Reasons Why, which will return in 2019, below.

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