Since it launched on Netflix on March 31, 13 Reasons Why has definitely created a conversation. Just three weeks after its premiere, Entertainment Weekly reported that 13 Reasons Why was already 2017’s most tweeted-about show. So we shouldn’t be too surprised to hear that Netflix has capitalized on the online buzz by ordering a second season. The show will return for 13 more episodes in 2018, Hollywood Reporter confirms, with showrunner Brian Yorkey once again at the helm.
Based on a best-selling young adult novel by Jay Asher, the teen-centric drama centers on a high school student, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), who commits suicide after being demoralized and humiliated by her peers. Through a series of cassette tapes she recorded shortly before taking her own life, Baker reveals the 13 reasons why she was driven to suicide.
According to Netflix, season two “picks up in the aftermath of Hannah Baker’s death and the start of the characters’ complicated journeys toward healing and recovery.”
Netflix has also shared an atmospheric teaser for season two, which you can watch below.
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Season two will give the creative team — which includes high-profile executive producer Selena Gomez — opportunity to address some of the criticism leveled at the show. Last week Netflix added new, more overt content warnings to 13 Reasons Why after numerous mental health organizations expressed concern that the show could act as a trigger to young people experiencing suicidal thoughts. New Zealand’s government has even banned under 18s from watching the show over these concerns.
“There has been a tremendous amount of discussion about our series 13 Reasons Why,” Netflix said in a statement last week. “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.”
“Moving forward, we will add an additional viewer warning card before the first episode as an extra precaution for those about to start the series and have also strengthened the messaging and resource language in the existing cards for episodes that contain graphic subject matter,” Netflix added.
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