How did Monty from 13 Reasons Why die? His shock death in the finale explained

Forget Bryce Walker it's all about Monty's shocking death at the end of 13 Reasons Why season 3


If you’re reading this you’ve probably already binged through 13 Reasons Why season three and realised that while everyone focused on Bryce Walker’s death there was a far more shocking twist to come – Monty de la Cruz’s death.


Warning: Spoilers for 13 Reasons Why season 3 ahead

The controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why returned for its third season with a new mystery – who killed Bryce Walker? – as well as dealing with issues like suicide, sexual assault and drug abuse. Season three introduces the whodunnit fairly early on as the main characters realise the jock is missing then dead.

The show’s ending revealed that Monty has been blamed for Bryce’s death. We say blamed as it turns out the teens we’ve grown to know and love have framed Monty after Zach injured Bryce in a fight breaking his arm and leg so when Alex pushed him into the river he was unable to save himself and drowned.

Ani created the web of lies that protects the group of teens pinning the murder on Monty who is already serving time in jail for the sexual assault he carried out on Tyler with a broom in season two. Ani fabricated a story to keep the real identity of the killer secret and, since Monty is in prison, he never gives an alibi to clear his name.

So we now know how Bryce died, but what about Monty’s death?

How did Monty die in 13 Reasons Why?

The show mainly focuses on villain Bryce’s death, which, to be honest, wasn’t too surprising as to the why. Bryce became one of the most hated characters after he raped Jess in season one as well as Hannah Baker making it on to one of her tapes. In season three he admits to raping several other women.

But the twist in season three centers not on Byrce, but Monty. At the end of season two viewers saw the jock sexually assault Tyler in the school toilets with a broom. In season three we soon realise that Monty hasn’t come to terms with his own sexuality, using homophobic language and bullying others to hide his confusion.

Monty assaulted Tyler

In the latest season, Tyler finally comes forward and reports the assault to the police. Monty is arrested on charges of sexual assault and the last time we see him he’s being taken away to prison.

Later, when Ani tells Deputy Standall that Monty is Bryce’s killer he informs her that Monty has been found dead. “Montgomery De La Cruz was killed in his jail cell just hours ago,” he tells her. His death isn’t shown, nor his body, so it’s unclear what happened, though it is thought that a fellow prisoner killed him.

In the final episode, Monty’s boyfriend confronts Ani letting her know that he’s on to her and he knows her story was all a lie – he is Monty’s alibi as they were together that night.

Who killed Monty?

With the ways things have been left we can assume that we’ll get our answers in 13 Reasons Why season four.

Is Monty gay?

Yes, while it wasn’t implicit in the previous seasons we see Monty struggle with his identity and status as a jock and his sexuality. He lashes out at fellow students to cover up his own feelings even going so far as to sexually assault Tyler.

In season three we learn a bit more about Monty’s backstory, finding out that his dad is very homophobic and beats him up.

Monty sleeps with Winston
Monty sleeps with Winston

At Bryce’s house party before his death, Monty has his first sexual experience with a man called Winston, another student. Later, he beats up Winston just for speaking to him in front of other students as he’s still in the closet.

Despite the rocky start the pair reunite and rekindle the romance and sleep together on the night Bryce was killed.

Fans were quick to point out the clues the writers left as to Monty’s sexuality.

“Monty‘s sexuality doesn’t come as a surprise for me tbh. He mentions gay people every two seconds, he’s basically obsessed. It was clear that there was something else hidden there,” one tweeted. 

Others didn’t quite believe Monty is dead.

Will Winston reveal the truth?

Season three leaves us with a few questions, will Winston speak to the police? Will Ani be caught out in her lies? Will Alex go down for Bryce’s murder?

There’s a fourth and final season on its way so we’ll find out soon enough.

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13 Reasons Why seasons 1-3 are available to stream on Netflix now.