The fourth and final season of “13 Reasons Why” was filled with bittersweet moments and the (SPOILER!) shocking death of one major character: Justin, played by Brandon Flynn. It was a fitting coda to the series, says star Dylan Minnette, who played Clay Jensen. Minnette says he and Flynn both pushed showrunner Brian Yorkey for that specific arc.

“I think we just felt like if you’re going do another death for Season 4, in the last season, it has to have the biggest emotional impact possible to make it feel, I guess, not worthwhile, but make it just leave an impact and a mark on the end of the show,” Minnette tells Variety. “And I think that that is the most impactful death for Clay.”

Watch the full interview with Minnette on “Variety Live!” above.