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Why Does Hannah Call Clay "Helmet" in 13 Reasons Why?

13 Reasons Why: The Sweet Season 1 Moment That Leads to Clay's Nickname


With over a year between seasons, it can be easy to forget some of the lighter moments in Netflix's 13 Reasons Why. While understandable, given the heavy subject matter of the show, it's good for us to see the characters before all the sh*t hits the fan, when they're going about their normal(ish) teenage lives. It's during this time that Hannah gives Clay the moniker "Helmet," a nickname that comes up again during season two.

During episode one ("Tape 1, Side A"), Clay rides his bike to work, and Hannah sees him taking off his helmet. Hannah jokes, "Love the helmet. It's adorable." A short discussion about Clay's hair doing the same thing no matter what ensues, as well as a quip about wanting to keep his brains inside his head. This cute and perfectly normal exchange between Clay and Hannah gifts us the nickname "Helmet" for Clay.

When Hannah's character appeared again in season two, still calling Clay by his nickname, several Twitter users promptly lost it.

Despite what happens in the months after this initial exchange, it's refreshing to remember these happy moments between the two characters.

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