It was recently announced that 13 Reasons Why, this year's most tweeted about show, will be returning for a second season. And while there isn't a release date for the new episodes yet, Netflix sent out a pretty lengthy, but vague, tweet this week about what we can expect to come next. And TBH, after plenty of controversy over how season one addressed mental health, they've got a lot of ground to cover. *SPOILERS AHEAD*
1. "We'll see others' perspectives on Hannah's story."
While bullying and mental health issues are nothing to be taken lightly or tossed to the side, we're hoping this statement means that Netflix is going deeper into what the other characters on 13 Reasons Why were feeling and thinking during the first season as well as addressing her classmates' reactions in a responsible way.
Showrunner Brian Yorkey told Entertainment Weekly, "For every tape there's another person who has a story, which is the person Hannah mentions on her tape. We saw Hannah's version of events unfold, but there's a lot more to be told also about those characters."
2. "Jessica's story will continue as she tries to recover and return to normal life."
Obviously this statement is referring to Jessica being raped by Bryce during season one. The season ended with her only beginning the process toward healing. Yorkey told Entertainment Weekly, "I want to see how that at least starts to play out and I want to do Jessica's story the deserved justice of following her as she goes back to school, as she tries to begin to recover from what happened to her, because it's something that millions of young women go through."
3. "There will be a narrator, but it won't be Hannah—no more tapes."
Considering there are still so many questions hanging around Hannah's death and exploring the aftermath of her death, the show would not be complete without including Hannah Baker and the tapes that the show centered on.
But who will be the new narrator? Will it be Clay? And Yorkey has already told us there will be a different technology that will be used, but he gave no hint as to what that will be!
4. The season will explore "the way we raise boys up into men and the way we treat girls and women in our culture—and what we could do better in both cases."
By the time season one ended, it still felt like we were just beginning to see these high schoolers grow up. There's a lot of maturing left to do, and there is plenty to the story that we have yet to learn. The patriarchal society that we live in tends to dictate much of everyday life, and we have hopes that season two will dig further into how these deeply ingrained ideas of women and girls being inferior to men can lead to the worst of situations and most senseless of acts.
5. "Bryce will hopefully get what's coming to him"
Bryce is a white, male rapist, and to see him facing appropriate consequences for his actions would be a pretty huge deal considering how rarely that profile of a person tends to be thoroughly disciplined.
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