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The First Exclusive Details For ’13 REASONS WHY’ Season 2

May 9, 2017

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Following the announcement that Netflix has renewed their freshman YA novel adaption 13 REASONS WHY for a season 2, EW recently spoke with show runner Bryan Yorkey on what can be expected in Season 2.

As some of you know, there were multiple hints on the majority of the characters, while for Hannah’s story, it seems like all the story was adapted into the first season. But Yorkey admits is Hannah Baker’s story isn’t finished yet. He also says that Season 2 will take a couple of months after the first season end.

“I think one of the things that is still hanging out there is this question of is someone responsible for Hannah’s death? Is the school responsible? Who is responsible, if anyone is? One way we’ll explore that question is through the trial and also through all of these kids reflecting on where they are a few months down the road and what other secrets are being uncovered. That’s going to take us into the past, into Hannah’s story. We’re going to get some new context for events we already know about and we’re going to see a lot of things we hadn’t even heard about yet that fill in some really interesting gaps in our understanding of who Hannah Baker was and what her life was.”

The other question is there’s a rapist, what’s going to happen to him? Yorkey admits he’s definitely interested in someone “punching Bryce in the face” and to continue to tell the story of the victim.

“When people intimate that Jessica’s story is done, I find that a horrific thought because Jessica is just beginning the process of recovering from her rape, and we have a rapist who has not in any way been brought to justice. To leave those two things hanging out there in the world would be upsetting. I want to see how that at least starts to play out and I want to do Jessica’s story the deserved justice of following as she goes back to school, as she tries to begin to recover from what happened to her, because it’s something that millions of young women go through. And also [I want to] see somebody punch Bryce in the face.”

What about those cliffhangers that happened during the finale?

“All the cliffhangers that we saw at the end of season 1 go back to the initial set of traumas that we’re talking about– go back to bullying, go back to Jessica’s rape, to Hannah’s rape. They’re all related, so I would very much like to explore where they all go and to see if there is, as I think there will be, some light for these kids. We’re going to continue to tell their stories really honestly. We’re going to answer all of the burning questions that people have about [the show]. Is Tyler going to do something? What’s going to happen to Alex? Will Bryce be brought to justice? We’re going to answer those questions but I think, even more, we’re going to continue to look very truthfully and very honestly at what they go through, even when it’s painful at times. But I think what we’re going to discover is, as they begin to emerge from this very dark time, there’s hope and there is some light to be found. That’s my hope anyway, and I think that that’s also truthful. I think false hope is a danger, but I think that there is always some light, even in really dark times.”

While he reassures that Hannah’s story isn’t done, does it also mean that the cassette tapes are done too or not?

“The tapes are still obviously on people’s mind, but there is a different sort of analog technology that plays a hugely important role in Season 2. So the cassette tapes aren’t at the center of it– those two boxes of tapes are still hanging around and matter to people– but there will be a new piece of technology for 13-year-olds to Google and try to understands what it was.”

13 REASONS WHY follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (newcomer Katherine Langford)– his classmate and crush– who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life.

Also starring Kate Walsh, Brian D’Arcy James, Derek Luke, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Alisha Boe, Christian Navarro, Ross Butler, Devin Druid, Miles Heizer, and Tommy Dorfman.

The series’ themes deals with teen suicide, bullying, drunk driving and rape in a graphic way, which has been the subject of active discussion, drawing criticism by some mental health experts who say the show is a risk by being a “trigger” among those young people who have suicidal thoughts. Netflix has already changed their content warnings.

Directed by Oscar winner Tom McCarthy, written by Yorkey and executive prodiced by Gomez, Joy Gorman, Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, and Yorkey from Anonymous Content, Kristel Laiblin and Mandy Teedey. The series is produced for Netflix by Paramount Television.

13 REASONS WHY returns with 13 new episodes in 2018.

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