The impact of 13 Reasons Why is inarguable. The consciously vivid depiction of suicide—and more importantly, its protagonist Hannah’s descent into the irrevocable decision to pull the plug—has since touched and divided viewers when the series first premiered on Netflix. It is now the most tweeted-about Netflix show of all time. It is also almost instantaneously etched onto the ever-giving meme culture, what with the seemingly infinite “welcome to your tape” tirades and bits.
Today, however, we got confirmation that Netflix is officially renewing the show for a second season. A sensible move, to be sure. 13 Reasons Why is one of the biggest hits this year for Netflix. And as if strategically, the final episode saw there’d be an open opportunity for a continuation of Hannah’s “legacy”, however, muddled and self-serving that is as many have pointed out.
The prospect of a second season, though at least to me, is problematic. As a teenage drama about suicide, I feel like the first season had ticked plenty of boxes enough that the series can stand on its own. An entirely new season promises new conflicts and intrigues, some things that, if the second season follows the first season’s format, are mostly already exhausted.
This is my roundabout way of asking: “what, are they going to send out 13 tapes again? Basically, make a do-over?”
Give me 13 reasons why should there be a second season of #13ReasonsWhy
— Armand (@armanddc) May 4, 2017
This situation is pretty darn sticky. Although I will be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued as to how Netflix and the filmmakers of 13 Reasons Why will pull off a Season Two. But I’m curious: what do you guys think? Should there be even a Season Two for 13 Reasons Why? Drop your thoughts in the comments and let’s discuss!
13 Reasons Why follows teenager Clay Jensen in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life. The series is created by Brian Yorkey based on the novel written by Jay Asher. It stars Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro, Ross Butler, and Alisha Boe. It is backed by Selena Gomez.