Netflix announced that the second season of the young adult series “13 Reasons Why” will drop on the streaming platform on Friday, May 18. It will pick up right after the suicide of Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), but what will unfold in the season?
The press release states that “13 Reasons Why” season 2 will unleash a complicated journey toward healing and recovery for many of the characters.
“Liberty High prepares to go on trial, but someone will stop at nothing to keep the truth surrounding Hannah’s death concealed. A series of ominous polaroid lead Clay and his classmates to uncover a sickening secret and a conspiracy to cover it up,” the synopsis read.
Viewers can expect “13 Reasons Why” season 2 to tackle a trial, according to showrunner Brian Yorkey.
“I think one of the things that is still hanging out there is this question of, is someone responsible for Hannah’s death?” Yorkey told Entertainment Weekly. “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,” he added.
Langford will also be back on the show despite her character dying in the first season. Viewers will see a different side of Hannah, which will bring new perspective to “13 Reasons Why” season 2
Despite its popularity, the first season of “13 Reasons Why,” which debuted in mid-2017, received much criticism and backlash because of its theme and graphic depiction of teenage bullying, depression, sexual assault and suicide. Parents and schools called for the cancellation of the show as it supposedly “glamorized and sensationalized suicide.”
Netflix, however, proceeded with ordering the show’s second season inspite of the calls for cancellation. The cast and the crew also initiated a public service announcement that emphasized and urged its viewers to talk to mental health professionals if they are struggling with something.
“13 Reasons Why” is based on a book that Jay Ashner published in 2007. Selena Gomez was supposed to star in the movie adaptation but she ended up working behind the scenes as the show’s executive producer.