Netflix’s breakthrough series, 13 Reasons Why, has already been renewed for a second season but specific details on what it’ll be about remain under wraps so far. Fortunately, the cast and showrunners behind the show were generous enough to give us fans a clearer idea of what’s to come in the future episodes at an FYC Emmy event Friday.
We now know from previous teasers that Hannah Baker will no longer be the narrator next season. But the identity of her successor is still unknown. It turns out the there might be more than one character to continue telling Hannah’s tale in the show’s sophomore run. While he didn’t mention specific names, executive producer Tom McCarthy told The Hollywood Reporter that “There probably will be more than one” narrator in Season 2.
As previously reported, some fans believe it could be Alex who apparently attempted to take his own life in the first season finale or Jess who had been raped by a schoolmate. Katherine Langford, who plays Hannah, echoed these sentiments, naming them both as the ones she’d like to see take the reigns next season, although she did pick Sosie Bacon’s character too.
“I want someone kind of obscure like Skye,” she said. “Jessica or Alex are very interesting, I’d be interested to see where their stories go this season. I want to believe [Alex] is alive.”
Showrunner Brian Yorkey suggested that the new narrator/s could be anyone among the 12 kids. “Well, Hannah told her version of events,” he told Mashable. “but there are at least 12 kids who have another version of those events that we actually haven’t really heard from yet. So I think there’s quite a bit more of Hannah’s story to tell.”
Not that Langford’s character lied on the tapes, it’s just that it was just her story that she was telling. “She reclaimed the narrative, ‘This is the story of my life and this is why it ends,” the showrunner explained. “But there are other people who might want to tell that story differently or who are players in that story who might have a different perspective on some of those events.”
Season 2 will also feature how Hannah’s family and friends deal with the aftermath of her suicide, examining the grieving process from every angle.
According to Yorkey, Clay and Olivia Baker are two of the people who have the most healing to do and we’ll see more of them continue such process next season. “People always say that you have to go on, but how do we after something like that?” he added.
Meanwhile, when asked whether the series will be more censored given the divided conversation the first season sparked when it premiered in March, the team brushed off any talk of additional censoring. “Censored? No,” McCarthy said. “Season two should be authentic to season two.”
Dylan Minnette, who plays Clay in the show, agreed, saying he’d be shocked if anything will be censored. According to him, the whole goal of 13 Reasons Why is to be real and tell the story in a genuine way. “They aren’t going to sugarcoat anything,” he claimed.
We haven’t done it from day one and I don’t think we’re ever going to do it. I’m sure it’s going to be just as important and dark as last season.”
13 Reasons Why has caused quite a stir among mental health organizations, with some criticizing the show for its inclusion of the graphic suicide at the center of the series.
13 Reasons Why Season 2 Release
Langford and Minette are both reprising their roles as Hannah and Clay, respectively alongside other cast members. The former’s character is no longer alive, but the actress said she’ll be appearing through flashbacks in Season 2. The sophomore run is consist of another 13 episodes streaming on the site next year. Netflix original shows usually take around a year to produce, so it could be back in Spring 2018.
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