Warning: Spoilers forward for 13 Causes Why season two!
Relating to the tapes on 13 Causes Why, there are particular characters who are likely to fade into the background, behind greater offenders like Bryce or Justin. Now, backstories are being revealed within the sophomore season of the sequence, together with this heartbreaking one about Zach Dempsey.
Initially, Zach does not have quite a bit to do with Hannah Baker. He was included on the tapes as a result of he began stealing the praise notes from her paper bag throughout a category they shared, as an act of revenge for rejecting him. This made it appear to be nobody preferred her, which after all, contributed to her feeling nugatory, depressed, and in the end, suicidal. She additionally included him for throwing away a heartfelt word that she wrote him – though, we in the end discover out from Zach afterward that he did not truly toss the word, and nonetheless held it in his pockets. That’s the extent of their relationship – or so we thought.
As the brand new season shines a stronger highlight on every of the characters throughout their testimonies in courtroom, we’re studying that there’s a lot extra to their story than that.
In the course of the summer time earlier than their junior 12 months, Zach began going to the flicks greater than normal, admitting that he would go and see motion pictures that he had no real interest in as an excuse to see Hannah. Lastly, he requested her to observe a film collectively at her home, and from that second on, the 2 of them shaped a detailed friendship.
Whereas hanging out one afternoon, their friendship escalades into one thing extra. Regardless of being slut-shamed at college, Hannah reveals to Zach that she is, in reality, a virgin, and learns that he’s too. She confides in him, telling him that she desires to share her first time with somebody particular: “I need to lose my virginity and I need it to be nice. Like I wanna do it on my phrases and with somebody that I like.”
After all, as all of us anticipated (and hoped for) at that time, following a fast dialogue and some timid kisses, that particular person finally ends up being him. The 2 of them spend all the summer time collectively and actually begin creating emotions for each other, sharing smiles and laughs, and intimate moments, earlier than going again to highschool within the fall. Up till that time thought, he by no means informed anybody about their relationships. As soon as their classmates have been again on the town from Summer time trip, Zach insisted that the 2 of them proceed to maintain their relationship a secret.
Zach involves the film theatre that she works at, the place all the things between them, and watches as his teammates teased and poked enjoyable at her, saying nothing. He tries to defend himself, however she identified that he did not do something, and decides to interrupt up their secret romance so it does not get difficult. Each of them pretended to be nice with this, and neither one in all them informed one another how they have been truly feeling.
Hannah was damage as a result of what the 2 of them had meant one thing to her, however as demonstrated by means of his actions, it did not to Zach. He refused to let anybody else find out about their relationship, which made Hannah really feel ashamed, and embarrassed. In current day, Zach admits that he did not need to inform anybody in regards to the two of them to maintain Hannah protected, however lastly confesses that he truly saved it a secret to guard himself from bullying and teasing from his friends.
Zach did not understand the influence of his actions, or lack thereof, and could not perceive how she was feeling in regards to the finish of their Summer time love till it was a lot too late.
“And I will be ashamed for the remainder of my life.” he stated. Zach stealing the notes was nonetheless a big a part of the story, however now, we have now an even bigger glimpse into the ache that Zach precipitated Hannah – to not point out the guilt that he should be feeling now.