Rumors are circulating over the possibility of a second season of 13 Reasons Why and the internet has all sorts of opinions on the matter.
Viewers get a look at the high school a week after learning this student committed suicide. The controversy circling this show has been posted about and debated over since the original series released on Netflix.
The Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why follows high school sophomore Clay Jensen (played by actor Dylan Minnette) as he mourns the loss of his high school peer and coworker Miss Hannah Baker (played by actress Katherine Langford).
Some have applauded the show’s message and has stood behind the powerful impact it has on young viewers. Through watching 13 Reasons Why, one can see cyber bullying in a high school setting and the effects it has on the individuals involved. People against the show have voiced that it is a danger to students and glorifies suicide. Not only does it show inside the mind of Hannah Baker and the events leading up to her death, it shows the aftermath and the minds of the families, friends, and all the people who knew Hannah. The students mentioned on the tapes are reliving “We all killed Hannah Baker”, meaning they all affected her life and her mental well being.
Disney Channel actress turned pop singer Selena Gomez is the executive producer of 13 Reasons Why. Gomez commented on staying true to the book to Associated Press, “That’s initially what Jay Asher created, was a beautifully tragic, complicated, suspenseful story, and I think that’s what we wanted to do; we wanted to do it justice.” Being that the Netflix series covered the entirety of the book, Brian Yorkey and his team will have to sit down and get a little creative on how to keep this series going. This involves new plot lines, the possibility of new characters, and perhaps even more reasons.
Currently rated 8.8 out of 10 on IMDB, it is clear that fans loved what they saw. Even if some thought it was too much, they are still all talking about it. The show has clearly opened up discussions about mental health, sexual abuse, cyber bullying, self harm, and suicide- all things millennials are working towards making less taboo.
Katherine Langford told The Hollywood Reporter, “There’s definitely more story to tell. It would be cool to continue the dialogue of this story. There are so many cliffhangers at the end of the season.”
Editor’s update: on Sunday, May 7, the official Twitter account for 13 Reasons Why posted a short video confirming a second season of the controversial show. The video, set to slow music, features a montage of major sets from the series. “13” pops up, followed by “2”, before turning into a red play symbol.
— 13 Reasons Why (@13ReasonsWhy) May 7, 2017