13 Reasons Why star Christian Navarro is hoping the series returns for a second season. Netflix’s latest hit has already become the most tweeted about TV show of 2017, just a month after its release. Based on Jay Asher’s YA book of the same name, 13 Reasons Why retrospectively follows Hannah Baker through her final few days before she decides to take her own life. Thanks to the 13 cassette tapes she leaves behind, we are introduced to the characters in her life that influenced her, and, ultimately, her decision.
One character that features heavily in the show, is Tony, played by Christian Navarro. Tony is responsible for delivering Hannah’s tapes to the intended recipients, and he also provides friendship and mentorship to Clay (Dylan Minnette). The character almost exists entirely separately to the rest of Hannah’s peers; he is quieter, more introspective, and infinitely more mature. He almost seems to come from a different time and place.
With the popularity of 13 Reasons Why, comes the now near certainty of a second season pickup. Whether a second season is needed seems almost irrelevant; it will happen owing to the show’s huge popularity and ever-growing fanbase. What form that second season could take remains to be seen; with so many unanswered questions at the end of season one, there are plenty of storylines to explore.
One such possible thread is the relationship between Tony and Hannah; she trusted him enough to have him get her a tape recorder, and to deliver the tapes after her death, but we never know exactly how close they were. Speaking to EW, Navarro says there’s definitely more story to be told:
“We have secrets, none that I choose to reveal right now, but hopefully we get to explore it in a second season. I think there’s a lot more to the story.”
Those secrets are pertaining to the backstories that both Navarro and Katherine Langford have given their characters, since Tony is a minor character in the book, and Asher hasn’t written a sequel, so any second season of 13 Reasons Why will be entirely original. The show could also explore the aftermath of the tapes; what motivated Alex to try and take his own life; what Tyler intends to do with a bag full of guns and ammo; whether Bryce will be arrested for rape; and, for Navarro, whether his character will shoulder some of the blame for Hannah’s death, even though he was never the subject of one of her tapes:
“I think that he’s culpable in a lot of ways for holding onto these tapes, so he’s got to pay some sort of consequence in that regard.”
Unless a second season chooses to go back in time, there will need to be a new protagonist, and, if keeping the same format, a new narrator. Could we see Tony’s own account, maybe titled 14 Reasons Why?
13 Reasons Why is available for streaming on Netflix