13 Reasons Why has started filming its second season, ready for a 2018 release. Though no exact release date has been confirmed, with filming underway, and a 6-8 month shoot expected, it seems logical to assume we can expect season 2 of the controversial drama to arrive around a year after season one first aired. Following Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), a high school student who decided to take her own life, 13 Reasons Why tackled sensitive issues of bullying, rape, and suicide, head on, and made no apologies for doing so.
With an ensemble cast, including Dylan Minnette, Alisha Boe, Christian Navarro, and Justin Prentice, 13 Reasons Why became a huge hit despite its controversy, and made instant stars of its cast. A second season of 13 Reasons Why is something many questioned there being any need for - though given the show's popularity, its renewal was almost inevitable.
Navarro, who plays Tony in the show, confirmed that filming had started on 13 Reasons Why season 2, via his Twitter account:
Day One. S2. Ready to make some magic.
— Christian Navarro (@ChristianLN0821) June 12, 2017
13 Reasons Why season 1 was based on the YA novel of the same name by Jay Asher, but there is no second book on which to base the second season on. As such, it's down to showrunner Brian Yorkey to come up with a compelling enough storyline that fans will take on board and respond to as well as they did with the first season.
Despite season 1 following Hannah, and showing her suicide in graphic detail, Langford will return in season 2. There will be a different narrator this time around (place your bets), and the show will look at Hannah's story as seen by other characters, giving further insight into what her peers, parents, and teachers thought of her. The show will once again jump between past and present, with the ongoing court case between Hannah's parents and the school still playing a part. Also in the present are a number of unresolved cliffhangers from the seaon one finale, that will hopefully be addressed. Alex seems to have shot himself, and whether he lives or dies should (we assume) become apparent pretty early on in season 2. Fans are also waiting to see if Tyler is going to try and carry out the school shooting that he seemed to be gearing up for, or whether that crisis can be averted.
The overwhelming issue that fans want to see tackled, though, is for Bryce to face justice for his rape of Hannah and Jessica. At the end of season 1, Jessica had found the courage to tell her father what had happened, while Clay had taped Bryce's confession and handed it over to the school guidance counselor. While that tape/ forced confession might not be admissible in court, it must surely have ramifications for him in some way, and Jessica needs to be given help to deal with events. With 13 Reasons Why now filming, we might well get a clue to some of the storylines over the next few months, but we'll get our answers for sure, when season 2 arrives on Netflix.
13 Reasons Why season 1 is available for streaming now on Netflix.
Source: Christian Navarro