Katherine Langford is ready to move on from Netflix's hit teen drama, 13 Reasons Why. The Aussie actress isn't considering a potential Season 3 return. She believes Hannah Baker's story has been told in full. Beware of (minor) spoilers ahead.
Langford is only 22-years-old, and already tops many people's fantasy casting lists, especially those hoping for a solo Batgirl film. Despite her skyrocketing fame, Langford's Hollywood experience is quite brief. The actress was cast as Hannah Baker in 13 Reasons Why at the age of 19. The harrowing story of a girl struggling with depression and sexual assault was her first ever role. She is now ready to move on to new experiences in the industry.
While speaking with EW, Langford admitted that, should 13 Reasons Why be picked up for a third season, she has no plans to reprise her role as Hannah Baker. She feels that Baker's story has been fully told already, back in Season 1. However, she had no qualms about coming back to the role for Season 2, as she saw it as a way to give Baker's would-be boyfriend, Clay Jensen, a sense of closure. During the course of the season, Jensen is essentially haunted by visions of Baker. He eventually comes to terms with her demise and allows himself the right to move forward during her eulogy, resulting in her vision making a heavenly exit from the church.
Langford went on to say that she did not feel the need to say goodbye to her first ever character. She felt like she had already done that with the graphic bathtub scene at the end of Season 1. In fact, Langford felt as though the character she portrayed in Season 2 was not actually Baker at all. According to Langford, every time her character is depicted throughout the sophomore season, it's through flashbacks and retellings seen from other people's perspectives. Her tapes may have been problematic, but they were still from her own point of view. They were unequivocally her. The Hannah Baker depicted in Season 2 is a figment created through the memories of those she knew.
Having to portray the same character in what she felt was a somewhat false light was difficult for Langford, harder than portraying the pain her character felt in Season 1. With that in mind, it's not hard to see why she would rather not come back for another batch of episodes. In the eyes of many, Hannah's somewhat forced return for season 2 didn't really add much to the story anyway, so should 13 Reasons Why be renewed, perhaps it's best for all involved if the series and Katherine Langford go their separate ways.