“It definitely wasn’t at the beginning [of the season]. We read that first script and we saw that there was the funeral,” he said.
“I think I literally raced to [showrunner] Brian [Yorkey] right after the first table read and was like, “It’s Justin isn’t it?” Brian was one of those people who was like, “We can’t kill off the character who’s continually trying to be better.” I was like, “Oh, yes we can.”
He added that Yorkey took him to dinner and told him about his character’s fate.
“We sat at the table and he’s like, “We’re gonna put Justin to rest.” We both sat there sombrely for a second and then we just delved into the storyline and what they had devised and what I could bring to the table,” he said.
“When I found out was timed perfectly because I got the opportunity to play Justin in his rehabilitation without knowing where the story was going. That was such a bonus for me because sometimes it’s difficult not to play the ending. And I didn’t know the ending so I had nothing to play!”
Flynn starred in all four seasons of 13 Reasons Why, playing school jock Justin who became a homeless drug addict before being taken in my Clay (Dylan Minnette) and recovering from his addiction.
His shock death at the end of season four, caused by AIDS contracted from his use of heroin needles and his previous experience of prostitution, upset many fans during the show’s finale.
Flynn also told EW that playing Justin was a “massive gift” and helped him to graduate from adolescence.
“I’ve been able to process college and high school in one character and addiction and loss and all that stuff. I was able to process it through Justin,” he said.
“I don’t know if I have all the words to say what I’ve walked away with but it’s definitely something and I’ll never ever ever forget Justin Foley,” he added.
Flynn’s costar Dylan Minnette recently defended the choice to kill of Justin, describing the “devastating and tragic” scene as “powerful”.
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