Netflix's 13 Reasons Why premieres on March 31, and the series is devastating, truthful, and filled with surprises. SPOILERS ahead. As a fan of the original novel by Jay Asher, I thought I knew everything that was going to happen, so I totally missed all the clues that Jeff from 13 Reasons Why is dead in the present. The character doesn't exist in the novel, but he is a welcome and delightful addition to the TV series. Jeff Atkins (played by Brandon Larracuente) is a cool older jock whom Clay (Dylan Minnette) tutors — in return, Jeff tutors him on how to navigate high school life. But their lovely friendship ends in a truly sad way.
In Episode 10, Hannah (Katherine Langford) details how she and Sheri (Ajiona Alexus) knocked over a stop sign, which later leads to an auto collision in which Jeff dies — a shocking reveal for me the first time I watched. The car accident happens in the novel, but Clay doesn't seem to be close to the "guy from school" who dies in it. But in the TV series, Jeff is that guy — and he is a central figure in Clay's past, as he encourages Clay to attend school dances, go to parties, and pursue his crush on Hannah Baker. Then, sadly, Clay is the first to find Jeff dead at the scene of the accident.
Looking back at the episodes now, I'm kicking myself for not noticing all the clues that Jeff was gone, because if you look closely, it's pretty obvious. Here are the clues you too may have missed about Jeff's death in 13 Reasons Why.