13 Reasons Why Renewed for Season 2, Confirmed by Selena Gomez
Posted 2017/05/08 3524 0
It's official. Netflix's teen drama "13 Reasons Why" has been picked up for a second season.
Executive producer Selena Gomez shared the news on social media Sunday, posting a teaser video with the caption, “Their story isn’t over. Season 2 of #13ReasonsWhy is coming.”
The controversial drama, which is based on Jay Asher's 2007 novel of the same name, centres on a 17-year-old high school student Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) who dies by suicide, leaving behind 13 cassette tapes for 13 different people she felt were instrumental in her decision to take her own life. The drama will return for a sophomore run in 2018 and consist of another 13 hourlong episodes, with Brian Yorkey staying on as showrunner, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. For his part, Yorkey previously told THR that structure of the series, weaving in stories told in flashback with the present, would indicate that Langford will indeed be back.
"Hannah's story is still very much not finished," he said. "She's an integral part of whatever the next chapter of the story is, and she's very much still at the center of it."
The 13-episode Season Two will premiere in 2018 and "picks up in the aftermath of Hannah Baker's death and the start of the characters' complicated journeys toward healing and recovery," Netflix said in a statement.
Since its debut on March 31, “13 Reasons Why” has become the most-tweeted about show of 2017, with Netflix reporting more than 11 million mentions, EOnline reported. Asher hinted at a potential second season, although he never wrote a follow-up to his debut novel.
“I'd just like a continuation of all those characters,” Asher told Entertainment Weekly. “I'm curious as well. What happens to Clay? How do people react to what Alex did at the very end? What's going to happen to Mr. Porter? I'd thought of a sequel at some point. I'd brainstormed it, but decided I wasn't going to write it. So I'd love to see it.”
Despite the praise from fans and critics alike, 13 Reasons Why has also generated criticism and accusations that the series glamorizes teen suicide. As a result, Netflix added advisory warnings prior to streamed episodes.
"There has been a tremendous amount of discussion about our series 13 Reasons Why," Netflix said in a statement Monday. "While many of our members find the show to be a valuable driver for starting important conversation with their families, we have also heard concern from those who feel the series should carry additional advisories."
Selena Gomez, a producer on the series, downplayed the notion that the series could inspire copycats. "It's going to come no matter what. It's not an easy subject to talk about," Gomez said, adding that producers wanted to "do justice" to the realism of the novel.