13 Reasons Why Season 2: Every Update You Need To Know

UPDATE: Now it's officially renewed, here's everything you need to know about 13 Reasons Why Season 3.

  • 13 Reasons Why Season 2
  • Release Date: Not yet confirmed.
  • Cast: Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Miles Heizer, Ross Butler
  • Director: TBA
  • Writers: Brian Yorkey, others TBA

Most Of 13 Reasons Why's Cast Are Returning For Season 2

Hannah Suicide Scene 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why Season 2 sees almost all of the original cast returning; Dylan Minnette is back as the show's central character, Clay, with Christian Navarro alongside him as the enigmatic Tony. Katherine Langford will once again portray Hannah Baker in flashback scenes, though she will not be the narrator this time. Alisha Boe is back as Jessica, who will be trying to rebuild her life after her rape ordeal, and Brandon Flynn and Justin Prentice are back as Justin and Bryce, respectively; the latter of which is likely to be trying to salvage what was a promising college football scholarship after he confessed to raping Jessica. Alex (Miles Heizer) is also set to return, his condition unclear after being rushed to hospital with a gunshot wound.

It's not yet confirmed if Devin Druid will be back as Tyler. In the finale, he was heading to school with a backpack full of ammo and guns, and we've yet to find out if his intentions are as they appear. Finally, Kate Walsh and Brian d'Arcy James are back as Hannah's parents; trying to make sense of the loss of their daughter and also bringing legal action against the school.

Read More: 13 Reasons Why Season 2 is Full of Flashbacks, but Not Between Hannah and Clay

There Are at Least 11 New Cast Members In 13 Reasons Why Season 2

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Beyond the returners, the cast has expanded for 13 Reasons Why Season 2, with several new additions already revealed. Anne Winters (The Fosters) is Chloe, the new head cheerleader; Chelsea Alden (American Horror Story), plays an artistic student named Mackenzie; Allison Miller (Incorporated) is a tenacious lawyer; Samantha Logan (Melissa & Joey) plays a track star named Nina with a secret; Kelli O’Hara (Masters Of Sex) plays Jackie, a “warm, intelligent” anti-bullying advocate; Ben Lawson (Doubt), plays the 'beloved' basketball coach at Liberty High, and Bryce Cass (2016’s Cruel Intentions) plays Cyrus, Mackenzie's mischievous brother.

Also added into the mix is Brenda Strong (Supergirl) and Jake Weber (Medium) as the parents of Bryce Walker, Meredith Monroe (Criminal Minds) as Alex's mom, and R.J. Brown (The Carrie Diaries) as Tony's boxing trainer. The addition of these adults suggests we will see more of life away from Liberty High as well, and get a good look at how the teenagers relate to the important grown ups in their lives.

13 Reasons Why Season 1 Ended With a Number of Cliffhangers

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13 Reasons Why Season 1 focused predominantly on the suicide of Hannah Baker, and the events leading up to her death. The story was told both in the present and in flashback, with each episode focused on a tape left behind by Hannah, in which she singled out one person to talk about. As it turned out, each of the subjects in Hannah's tapes had her blood on their hands, and her treatment by a number of people led to her taking such a devastating decision. However, Hannah's parents blame the school; and one tape certainly makes the school counselor culpable; Hannah had been to him to ask for help and he had dismissed her out of hand. The Bakers are now suing the school for negligence.

Related: 13 Reasons Why: Hannah Will Be ‘Very Different’ in Season 2

13 Reason Why Season 2's Storyline is Shrouded in Mystery

Tony and Clay 13 Reasons Why

There's been a great deal of secrecy surrounding the exact storylines for 13 Reasons Why Season 2. We do know that it will pick up with the characters trying to rebuild their lives. At the end of Season 1, Jessica found the courage to tell her dad that she'd been raped, and her recovery will be a big part of Season 2. The show is also going to focus on the court case brought by Hannah's parents (although her story was laid to rest at the end of Season 1).

Then there's Clay, a likable teen just trying to keep moving forward. He's still going to be coming to terms with the tapes that Hannah left behind, but what that actually means for him is anyone's guess. There's said to be a new narrator for Season 2, and it seems likely that it will be either Clay, or Tony. We knew very little of Tony in Season 1 despite him featuring heavily, so Season 2 could be the perfect opportunity to expand upon his character. There won't be any more tapes, though that doesn't rule out some other form of retro electronics, of course.

The closest we have to an official synopsis comes in the form of a tweet from Netflix which said season 2 will look at "the way we raise boys up into men, and the way we treat girls and women in our culture- and what we could do better in both cases." 

What we do know for sure, is that 13 Reasons Why has already finished with its source material. The original book, by Jay Asher, was brought to life in season one, so Season 2 is entirely fresh storytelling. With allegations of sexual harassment made against him, the show has moved forward without any input from the author.

Read More: 13 Reasons Why Season 2 Has a New Narrator, Re-Explores Season 1

No Premiere Date For 13 Reasons Why Season 2 is Set

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At the time of writing, no premiere date has been given for 13 Reasons Why Season 2. Many had speculated that it would arrive on March 31st; exactly a year after season one made its debut, but that never happened. Rumors exist suggesting that the season will drop suddenly and without warning.

Read More: What’s Going On With 13 Reasons Why Season 2’s Release?

Who's Directed 13 Reasons Why Season 2?

Brian Yorkey remains as showrunner for 13 Reasons Why Season 2, and Selena Gomez is once again one of the executive producers. However, directors names for Season 2 haven't yet been announced. Gregg Araki took the helm of 4 episodes in Season 1, so he could well return for some of Season 2.

There's a Big Change on the 13 Reasons Why Writing Team

13 Reasons Why, Tony and hannah

Jay Asher's name is not on the writing team for 13 Reasons Why Season 2; Netflix has been quick to distance themselves from him after allegations of sexual harassment, clearly stating that he was not involved in the new season in any way. While no writers have been officially named, we can expect a team to have written season 2 with Yorkey; names that wrote for season one include Nic Sheff, and Rohit Kumar.

There Is No Trailer for 13 Reasons Why Season 2

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At the time of writing, there is no trailer for 13 Reasons Why Season 2. However, some of the cast has recorded a new warning video that will play in front of Season 2, encouraging teens to talk about any issues they may have. The warning also urges them to watch the show with a trusted adult if they're feeling vulnerable, or maybe avoid it altogether. Whether this will stop the massive controversy like we saw from Season 1, remains to be seen.

There Is No Poster for 13 Reasons Why Season 2 Either

13 Reasons Why Hannah Baker Poster

As well as there being no trailer for 13 Reasons Why Season 2, there's no poster yet, either. With the release of Season 2 imminent, it surely can't be too far off. We'll update this page as soon as it drops.


13 Reasons Why Season 2 will arrive on Netflix in 2018. Season one is available for streaming now.

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