13 Reasons Why Renewed For A 2nd Season

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08 May 17

There were rumours Netflix weren’t done with 13 Reasons Why, and now it’s official. The show will be back for a 13 episode 2nd season in 2018.

Based on Jay Asher’s 2007, the drama starts with Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), who returns home from school to find a box of cassette tapes on his porch, recorded by his classmate & crush Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), who had committed suicide two week earlier.  What follows is a rollercoaster of emotion, as each side of the tapes reveal 13 reasons why she decided to take her own life. Many of those reasons involving her classmates.

The controversial show, which is exec produced by Selena Gomez and written by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey, drew criticism from some mental health experts, prompting Netflix to put additional warnings at the start of some episodes. They also released a statement saying “From the onset of work on 13 Reasons Why, we have been mindful both of the show’s intense themes and the intended audience.”

The book has been used as a teaching aid in a number of American schools, and is seen as a very important work, especially to many young adults. We spoke to 13 Reasons Why Production Designer Diane Lederman a few weeks ago who commented “There are young adults who have literally stopped us in the streets of Marin County, where we did a lot of our shooting, and thanked us for bringing this production to life.”

It’s not entirely clear where the show will go in it’s 2nd season, but writer Brian Yorkey has said “Hannah’s story is still very much not finished. She’s an integral part of whatever the next chapter of the story is, and she’s very much still at the centre of it.” There was no sequel to Asher’s original novel, but the tv show did leave a number of story threads dangling, which could be brought forward in the 2nd season.

13 Reasons Why season 2 will air on Netflix in 2018.