'13 Reasons Why' Season 2 Is Officially Happening, As This Story Is Far From Over
So, it's official: after much speculation, 13 Reasons Why Season 2 is on the way, according to Deadline. The acclaimed Netflix show got the green light for a 13-episode second season to premiere sometime in 2018. The news isn't too much of a surprise, as recent reports surrounding the possibility of a second season revealed that Hannah Baker would most likely be returning once the series got the official go-ahead. Despite the criticism the show received, the possibility of a second season seemed likely, mainly because of the many cliffhangers fans were left with after the Season 1 finale.
Spoilers ahead. Season 1 of Netflix's adaptation of Jay Asher's YA novel concluded without giving us much of a resolution to most of the issues faced by Hannah's classmates, who were finding their own ways of dealing with her suicide. If you can recall, one student, who we later find out is Alex (Miles Heizer) is hospitalized during the season finale as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Alex is said to be in critical condition, so Season 2 will likely start off revealing whether or not he survives. Another looming storyline is that of Tyler (Devin Druid), who is last seen planning a school shooting with all of the students listed as one of Hannah's 13 reasons on his hit list. These are just a couple of the questions that were left to be answered here, so though Hannah's story may be over, it's clear that those of her classmates aren't.
In celebration of the news, Selena Gomez, who executive produced the show, took to Instagram on Sunday to share the announcement alongside a short video promo for the second season. "Their story isn't over," she wrote. "Season 2 of #13ReasonsWhy is coming."
13 Reasons Why drew criticism shortly following its debut because of its graphic depictions of rape and suicide, which the show's writers have since defended. Still, in response to the controversy, Netflix recently amped up its inclusion of trigger warnings at the beginning of each episode and included a 30-minute PSA at the end of the season called Beyond the Reasons, in which experts offer advice on how to seek help or offer it to those who need it.
Fans definitely have a lot of questions about what's to come for the show, but at least it's finally been confirmed that there is more to come. Guess we'll be waiting here patiently until next year.
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