Netflix recently announced that they officially decided to bring back their breakout hit 13 Reasons Why for a sophomore season. Fans suspected that the show, which is based on the novel by Jay Asher, would be back for more due to the number of cliffhangers at the end of the first season. Now that fans know we'll be seeing a lot more of Clay Jensen & co., speculation and theories have been raging across the internet like wildfire.
One major question people had, though, was how showrunner Brian Yorkey would be able to continue such a contained story. Hannah Baker's suicide was the driving force of the action throughout the first season, narrating every single episode through the tapes she left behind for her peers. It seems like Netflix wants to quell some of these worries by revealing some new details about 13 Reasons Why season 2 on their Twitter account.
While Netflix's post does keep things as vague as possible, there are still some major reveals. The audience experienced the first season through Clay and Hannah's eyes, even though there was a large, sprawling cast of characters involved in the main storyline. Now that Hannah's tapes are finished, fans will be able to see new perspectives on Hannah's choices. "I have heard from a number of people, ‘Well we heard all her tapes so her story is done.’ That’s leaving aside the fact that for every tape there’s another person who has a story, which is the person Hannah mentions on her tape,” Brian Yorkey told Entertainment Weekly about how they will broaden the show's horizons in season two. “We saw Hannah’s version of events unfold, but there’s a lot more to be told also about those characters. To me, there’s a tremendous amount that I still want to know.” So, there won't be any tapes, but there will still be a narrator for the new set of 13 hour-long episodes. Any guesses on who it will be?!
Despite the fact that Hannah's tapes are done and the show will move on to a new narrator, Hannah will still remain an integral part of the story. “We’re going to get some new context for events we already know about and we’re going to see a lot of things we hadn’t even heard about yet that fill in some really interesting gaps in our understanding of who Hannah Baker was and what her life was,” Yorkey revealed.
Fans will also be happy to learn that season two will pay special attention to Jessica, who was raped by Bryce at a party, as she "tries to recover and return to normal life." While Hannah was unable to receive the help she needed following her own assault at the hands of Bryce, hopefully Jessica will be able to find the healing both girls deserved. As for Bryce, though, Netflix mysteriously wrote that he would "hopefully get what's coming to him."
Perhaps the most mysterious reveal of all, is that the second season will explore "the way we raise boys up into men and the way we treat girls and women in our culture," as well as "what we can do better in both cases." The first season definitely touched on the way girls are treated in society through Hannah's misfortunes, as well as Jessica's. There have been rumors floating around, however, that season two will feature a school shooting at the hands of Tyler. Perhaps this is what Netflix is hinting at when they say this next season will explore"the way we raise boys up into men."
Only time will tell what really goes down at Liberty High School in season two. 13 Reasons Why will return to Netflix sometime in 2018.