Alisha Boe as Jessica Davis on Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why season 3. One of the biggest character transformations on the series belongs to Jessica Davis. While Jessica was already making such an impact on me in season 2 with her courage, she is not holding anything back in season 3. Please note major spoilers have been left out for your convenience.
While I am only three episodes into the new season, Alisha Boe is already impressing me with her realistic and heart-wrenching performance as Jessica. Jessica is absolutely a girl with so much untapped power and strength within her and she is now demanding change at her school. When she runs for class president, it’s about more than being a leader or doing something that looks good for college applications. Jessica wants to bring about real change in the students there and she is willing to fight for what is right.
Ani, the new character on the show, notices the power surging within Jessica from her first real encounter with her, informing her that she is a woman with power who finally knows what to do with it. Jessica is also exploring her sexual identity further, learning how to love herself again after her traumatic experience, which is far from easy to do.
There is a moment of sheer vulnerability when Jessica undresses in front of the mirror. While she is hesitant about what she sees in front of her, Jessica tries her best to love and appreciate her body. With each day, she is getting stronger and stronger and she is inspiring others around her. Jessica has been broken for so long, but the woman I see in season 3 is strong and fearless. She may not be making all the right calls, but she is no longer staying quiet and I think that is extremely powerful.
What’s next for Jessica? We’ll have to wait and see, as I still have 10 episodes left of season 3 to binge-watch and I have already seen some interesting theories floating around. I’m trying not to spoil anything for myself, but I’m hoping that Jessica can continue to channel her inner strength. Has her search for power gone too far? I’m not so sure, but I absolutely admire her for being courageous enough to stand up for herself and other victims and I’m truly hoping she hasn’t made an irrevocable mistake.
So far it’s an interesting start to season 3 and I am still adjusting to the narration from new character, Ani, as I have a feeling we have a lot left to uncover about her as well, but I am continuing to root for Jessica and I hope that she learns to truly accept the love around her because she deserves it and is beyond worthy.
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