Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, the television adaptation of Jay Asher’s best-selling novel of the same title, was a massive hit. Despite chatter online that points to a renewal, the streaming service has not renewed the series for a second season. But in a new interview, Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford gave an update about the future of their hit series.
Other Reasons Why?
The first season of the television series dealt with the death of Hannah Baker (Langford) and the 13 reasons why she decided to take her own life. The story of Hannah and Clay (Minnette) is pretty much over, but fans want to see more.
While rumors claim that all-new episodes are on their way, Minnette and Langford insists that they have no idea what the streaming company has planned for the series.
“We don’t know yet. We really don’t,” Minette told The Ellen Degeneres Show. “I feel like the world’s going to know before we do if it happens. I’ll be online and be like, ‘Oh, there’s a second season.'”
13 Reasons Why was marketed as a limited series, but ended with a handful of cliffhangers that hint that there are more stories to tell. Moreover, Netflix is reportedly almost ready to pick up the series for a second season. An unnamed source divulged that a writer’s room has already been set up and has been working for a few weeks now.
What the second season will about remain to be seen, but there are definitely more questions that need to be answered.
Writer Brian Yorkey assured that Langford will remain involved if the show gets renewed. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he stated that the story of Hannah Baker is not yet finished.
“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,” he explained.
Netflix Adds More Warnings
When the show was released on Netflix, 13 Reasons Why gained criticism for its graphic presentation of rape and suicide. New Zealand’s Office of Films & Literature Classification even created a new rating category for the teen drama: RP18. In Canada, discussions about the series were banned by some schools.
The National Association of School Psychologists also warned that the exposure to another person’s suicide might cause youths who are struggling with mental health conditions to contemplate suicide. They advised vulnerable young people to not watch the show.
The series already has a TV-MA rating in the US but Netflix will add more advisory warning to the series. Only two episodes initially have a trigger warning for their explicit depiction of rape and teen suicide, but starting now, the show will be fronted with a warning before the first episode even begins. Other warning cards will also be strengthened.
Netflix also has a Beyond the Reasons documentary which contains interviews from the cast and crew as well as psychologists to talk about the important themes in the series like suicide, bullying, sexual assault, and mental illness.
Controversy and The Start Of The Conversation
Asher defends the explicit depiction of suicide in the television series. The novelist told EW that Hannah’s suicide was not glamorized as some accused it to be. He pointed out that showing the reaction of her parents when they found their daughter’s body in the bath tub is devastating. “[I]t absolutely destroys them,” he said.
Yorkey agrees. The screenwriter revealed that they tried to not make the suicide scene gratuitous. Instead, they made it painful to watch so that viewers will realize that there is nothing worthwhile about committing suicide.
13 Reasons Why is currently streaming exclusively on Netflix. The series was produced by Selena Gomez.
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