13 Reasons Why has become the most discussed show to hit Netflix recently, due to its mental health awareness and candid (but often triggering) display of suicide and rape. While many fans would agree a Season 2 isn't necessary, it comes as no surprise that it was renewed for 13 new episodes.
Brian Yorkey, the series' showrunner and executive producer, revealed to Entertainment Weekly what we can expect for the upcoming season—because Hannah Baker's story is definitely not over. "I realized we were just beginning the process of seeing these boys and girls grow up into men and women," he said in response to creating another season. "It was something that we didn’t get to watch with Hannah and I would really love to watch it with these other characters I’ve come to love."
While Hannah's story will continue to be explored to find how who is actually responsible for her death, the season plans to also tackle Jessica's rape case head on. Yorkey explained,
"When people intimate that Jessica’s story is done, I find that a horrific thought because Jessica is just beginning the process of recovering from her rape, and we have a rapist who has not in any way been brought to justice. To leave those two things hanging out there in the world would be upsetting. 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. And also [I want to] see somebody punch Bryce in the face."
Yorkey also states we can finally expect answers to these anticipated questions: if Tyler is planning a school shooting, if Bryce will be brought to justice and what actually happened to Alex. Another interesting tidbit is that the voiceover will be someone new, not Hannah (cue the gasps). Click here for the full EW interview and look out for 13 Reasons Why Season 2's premiere on Netflix in 2018.
Watch Selena Gomez, the executive producer of 13 Reasons Why, talk about being a role model in this old-school Fuse interview below: