A new teaser for 13 Reasons Why season 2 suggests that instead of tapes, photographs will be used to continue the narrative. 13 Reasons Why arrived on Netflix in 2017 under a cloud of controversy; the hard hitting drama told the story of Hannah Baker and why she decided to commit suicide. The show also dealt with the topics of bullying, substance abuse, and rape. Despite the uproar from some, 13 Reasons Why was a huge hit, and the show was picked up for a second season.
With filming completed some time ago, 13 Reasons Why season 2 still hasn't gotten a premiere date, to the frustration of many, who had hoped it would arrive back in March. Amid rumors of reedits and a delayed launch date, Netflix has not really given anything away regarding the storyline for season 2 or when it could arrive. We know that Hannah won't be the narrator for season 2, but the character will still feature in flashbacks. Season 2 is said to deal with the aftermath of her death; in particular the Baker's lawsuit against the school, as well as Bryce facing justice for his raping of Hannah and Jessica.
13 Reasons Why season 1 ended on several cliffhangers; perhaps the most worrisome of these was Tyler, who was in the school's photography department, developing pictures, his backpack loaded with guns. Throughout the season, Tyler had been ostracized by all of his peers; his stalker-like behavior with his camera and his obsession over Hannah Baker led to Clay Jensen spreading a naked photo of him around school, and others dismissing him as a 'weirdo.' Whether or not Tyler's intentions are as they seem to be, and he will attempt a school shooting, remain to be seen. However, a new teaser for 13 Reasons Why season 2 released on Twitter (see the video below) strongly suggests that his photographs will be the new form of media that tells the story, replacing the cassette tapes that Hannah left behind.
The truth is developing. pic.twitter.com/rwCobzhbC0
— 13 Reasons Why (@13ReasonsWhy) April 30, 2018
The brief, silent teaser shows part of a photo developing, and when it's complete you can see it's Hannah's face. We know Tyler is the only one who enjoys old-school photography, and he took a lot of photos of Hannah. Therefore it seems reasonable to assume Tyler and his pictures will play a big part in season 2. This would also led credence to the theory that Tyler will be the narrator for 13 Reasons Why's second season. While there are many plausible options available, having Tyler telling things from his perspective would give a totally different take on the events that led up to him arming himself and heading into school.
In light of the recent Parkland shooting, there were rumors that 13 Reasons Why season 2 was delayed in order that a school shooting scene could be reedited. That's far from confirmed, though, and it's also worth remembering that in the season finale, Alex Standall was rushed to hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. Shortly before leaving the dark room, Tyler had removed a photo of Alex that was hanging up. Did Alex try to commit suicide, or was he shot by Tyler?
The teaser doesn't reveal a premiere date for season 2, but it certainly can't be too far off now. Hopefully, a proper trailer for season 2 will be released in the near future.
13 Reasons Why season 1 is available to stream on Netflix now. Season 2 is expected in 2018.