At the end of March 2017, Netflix released their most controversial project to date: 13 Reasons Why. Based on the book of the same name, the show tells the story of Hannah Baker, a high school student who commits suicide and leaves behind 13 tapes, each tape devoted to a specific person. The title says it all. These 13 tapes represent the 13 reasons (and some would argue, people) that caused her to take her own life.
To say that the show was triggering would be a major understatement. And though specific episodes came with warnings, many agree that they weren’t aware of how severely the show dives into these topics, and that the streaming platform should have done more to protect its audience. I, for one, couldn’t agree more. While the show has started some very important and necessary conversations, it’s been dangerously triggering to people struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts, addictions, and survivors of sexual assault. But, with its second season fast approaching, the series intends to do better.
In March of this year, Netflix released a video message with the stars of 13 Reasons Why, urging anyone struggling with mental health to seek help, and cautioning viewers about the nature of the show. And while it’s good to see the series taking these steps, many can’t help but wonder, will the second season of this already controversial show be helpful, or harmful?
The second season is set just after the events of the first, and it has been made clear that Hannah Baker will no longer be our narrator. AKA, no more tapes. And though we will see at least a little more of Hannah via flashbacks, the show’s second season will follow the other characters and their road to recovery. With an official release date of May 18th, we can only hope that Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why continues to deal with these serious issues in an honest way. This should be about more than catching up with characters and tying up loose ends. As long as this season is for more than mere dramatic effect, it could prove to continue these important conversations.
Watch the trailer for the second season of 13 Reasons Why down below.
Season 2 Of 13 Reasons Why Will Be Available On Netflix On May 18th, 2018.