13 Reasons Why executive producer Brian Yorkey teases what fans of the Netflix original series should expect from season 2. There’s no denying the incredible cultural impact that 13 Reasons Why season 1 seemed to have, following its debut on Netflix earlier this year. Based on Jay Asher’s young adult novel of the same name, the show followed the story of Hannah Baker, a teenage girl who decides to take her own life, but not before recording a series of cassette tapes which she would leave behind for all those she said had forced her to make such a drastic decision.
The show quickly became the subject of much criticism from viewers and those working as professionals in the mental health field, with claims that certain scenes – such as the one where the Hannah Baker character is shown slitting her wrists – were too graphic and triggering for those watching at home. Rape scenes were also depicted and criticized, but the series’ stars and crew stood by the decisions made to showcase these explicit scenes.
Now that Netflix has renewed 13 Reasons Why for season 2, talk is of course turning to what exactly we may see go down in the series’ next outing. Whilst plenty of theories are flying around, all we know for sure is that we’ll be catching up with the same characters, rather than the series going down the anthological route that has worked in the past for the likes of American Horror Story and True Detective.
Speaking as part of Netflix’s FYSee Space event, executive producer Brian Yorkey took to the stage alongside some of the show’s cast and crew, where he teased a little of what to expect from the upcoming second season. As per Variety, he said:
“Hannah told her version of events, but there are at least 12 kids who have another version of those events that we actually haven’t really heard from yet. I don’t think Hannah told any untruths on her tape. She reclaimed her narrative, which had really been taken from her.”
It’s already been confirmed that Katherine Langford will be reprising her role as Hannah in the second season, but she’ll obviously be a part of more flashbacks rather than being in the series’ present day. To hear that we may be hearing the same story all over again from a different perspective is certainly intriguing. On the one hand, going down this path could lead to huge revelations. After all, there are always more than one side to a story and although Yorkey confirms Hannah didn’t tell any lies during her tale, she may have been looking at situations in a hugely different way than the others involved.
Then again, viewers may not want to relive the same story all over again in 13 Reasons Why season 2. Perhaps the best option for those creating the new season would be to touch on the version of events that other characters may have in a couple of episodes, before moving on entirely in the present day and allowing another important, traditionally taboo topic to come to the forefront. There’s no telling the amount of help a show like this can do, so to see that continue would be incredibly heartwarming.
13 Reasons Why season 1 is available now on Netflix, with season 2 expected to debut at some point in 2018.