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13 Reasons Why has been on Netflix for only two weeks, but Reddit’s already flooded with fan theories. (It’s truthfully astounding fans can even write theories after experiencing the show’s gut-wrenching finale. I could barely think after watching the thirteenth episode.) Today’s favorite hypothesis connects the Netflix sensation with a show that’s been on the air since the Stone Age: Grey’s Anatomy. Fans already know the obvious connection between these shows: Kate Walsh (who plays Hannah’s mom on 13 Reasons Why) had tenures on both Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice as Dr. Addison Montgomery. But they may not remember the other 13 Reasons Why actor who appeared on Grey’s: Dylan Minnette, who plays Clay Jensen. He’s the subject of our theory.
In a season four episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Minnette plays a young kid named Ryan with hearing disabilities. Dr. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) takes Ryan’s case on and builds him a pair of ears that substantially improves his hearing. Now, 10 years later, Minnette stars as Clay Jensen on 13 Reasons Why, a character whose entire storyline is contingent on him listening intently to Hannah’s 13 cassette tapes. The connection is obvious to some Twitter users: Because Dr. Sloan built Ryan/Clay a pair of ears back in the day, he can now hear Hannah’s tapes and seek justice for her.
“Meredith Grey helped Clay Jensen get ears so he could listen to tapes left by Addison Montgomery’s daughter,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Good thing Mark Sloan gave this kid ears so he could listen to Hannah’s tapes,” wrote another.
Admittedly, this theory is a bit far-fetched—Clay and Ryan are two different characters. The fact that hearing is crucial to both of their storylines is coincidental, but you have to love the Internet for making this connection. (It’s almost as good as the one about Grey’s taking place in the Marvel Universe.) Almost.