The series, created by Brian Yorkey and based on the young adult novel by Jay Asher, tells the story of a young girl named Hannah Baker tragically committing suicide, devastating her classmate Clay Jensen, who had a crush on her. A few weeks after her death he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it, containing cassette tapes recorded by Hannah, detailing the thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life.
The second season will consist of thirteen episodes, with the official logline for the second season:
Picks up in the aftermath of Hannah Baker’s death and the start of the characters’ complicated journeys toward healing and recovery.
For those wondering what kind of role Katherine Langford, who played Hannah Baker, have in the upcoming season (if at all), Brian Yorkey had this to say when being interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter:
One of the things that is a fundamental element of our show is the weaving of past and the present. Hannah’s story is still very much not finished. She’s an integral part of whatever the next chapter of the story is, and she’s very much still at the centre of it.
The news of 13 Reasons Why being renewed for a second season comes as no surprise, with media outlets last week reporting that a renewal was on the cards. While I’m probably in the minority of preferring the series to be a ‘one and done’ show, the storylines left unresolved and the discussions about the show that have been raised since its release on the streaming service, I can see why they’ll want to capitalise on the story and the characters.
13 Reasons Why stars Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Miles Heizer, Ross Butler, Devin Druid, Michele Selene Ang, Amy Hargreaves, Derek Luke and Kate Walsh.