When Netflix revealed its plan to renew “13 Reasons Why” (stylised as “TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY”), many viewers have the same question in mind: How can there be a new season when Hannah’s (played by Katherine Langford) story is over?
During a Q&A session at Netflix’s FYSee event in Beverly Hills, the creators of the controversial series made it clear that “there’s quite a bit more of Hannah’s story to tell”.
Executive producer Brian Yorkey explained, “Well, Hannah told her version of events, but there are at least 12 kids who have another version of those events that we actually haven’t really heard from yet. So I think there’s quite a bit more of Hannah’s story to tell.”
However, he doesn’t mean that Hannah lied on the tapes. “I don’t think Hannah told any untruths on her tapes,” Yorkey said. “I think she told her story and she claimed her narrative which had really been taken from her, so she reclaimed her narrative and said this is the story of my life, but there are other people who might want to tell that story differently or other players in that story might have a different perspective on some of those events.”
The producer also said that viewers will get to see how the other characters recover after listening to the tapes – specifically Clay Jensen (played by Dylan Minnette) and Hannah’s mother Olivia Baker (played by Kate Walsh).
“Clay and Olivia Baker are 2 of the people who have the most healing to do and that process was just in its very, very first stages when Season 1 ended,” Yorkey added. “Season 2 is also about healing and about how we go on, because people always say that you have to go on, but how do we after something like that?”
Previously, it was reported that Hannah will not be the main narrator in season 2. Selena Gomez also described the new show as a resolution. She said, “I think for season 2, we elaborate more on some of those questions and the stories and the resolution if you will of what some of these kids have gone through so—and are going through.”
The 2nd season of “13 Reasons Why” will see the the return of the main cast – Dylan Minnette, Christian Navarro as Tony, Alisha Boe as Jessica, Ross Butler as Zach, Brandon Flynn as Justin Foley, Justin Prentice as Bryce, and Kate Walsh. Filming is expected to start this summer.
Based on Jay Asher’s 2007 best-selling young adult novel of the same name, the title refers to the 13 reasons why a high school girl named Hannah Baker decided to end her life.
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