13 Reasons Why’s season 2 release date and first spoilers have been revealed.
13 Reasons Why is based on Jay Asher’s young-adult book by the same name. The first season focused on Hannah, played by Katherine Langford, who took her own life and left behind a series of 13 cassette tapes for friend Clay (Dylan Minnette).
Season 2 will pick up in the aftermath of Hannah’s death and a new trailer gives a first look of what to expect.
In a clip, Clay is seen receiving a series of mysterious polaroids with messages, including one saying: “Hannah wasn’t the only one.”
13 Reasons Why season 2 will be available on Netflix on May 18 with all episodes available to stream immediately.
Showrunner Brian Yorkey recently revealed how Season 2 would work following Hannah’s death.
“This year will be 13 different narrators. You are the first to hear that,” he told DigitalSpy. “Here’s what I can say and I don’t mean to be a tease, but I also do think, I hope that one of the pleasures of watching the first episode will be asking yourself, how is this going to work without the tapes?
“And whether or not we made it work will be up to every sort of viewer to decide.
“But what we do have that’s interesting, I think… the story of Hannah’s death and how she died and the way especially her parents pursue justice, and also the way Clay continues to pursue justice for Hannah, that I think provides us a sort of structural idea, that not only provides the engine for 13 episodes, but also the voiceover, which is not cassette tapes, but something different this year.”
He teased: “I realise I am being very coy, but I have to be coy.”
Meanwhile, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Yorkey revealed how season 2 will focus on a case of sexual assault as well as gun culture.
It’s understood the new episodes will see Jessica Davis (Alisha Boe) coping after being attacked by Bryce Walker (Justin Prentice), while Tyler Down (Devin Druid) will be seen in a storyline involving school shootings.
He said of the new plots: “It was interesting this year with some of the storylines that we had. I mentioned the storyline of an ongoing kind of cultural tradition of sexual assault and sexual abuse at Liberty High School and the institutional complicity in it. Also, the storyline of Tyler, who is a kid who might be at risk of being a school shooter.
“Both of those storylines were very much ones that we developed in the late winter. They were in the first season, and then we really started to continue to develop them in the late winter and early spring — and then we sort of watched as the world unfolded. It was really a remarkable experience.
“I don’t think it really led us to change that much, but it did reaffirm for us that these were really important stories to be telling.”