May 12 2018
Nearly one year after Netflix announced that it had ordered more episodes of 13 Reasons Why, a premiere date was finally revealed on April 30, 2018. Mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and get ready for 13 more episodes of Clay and company. Here’s what we know about season two so far:
1. Season two will premiere May 18. Netflix announced the date in late-April, along with a mysterious teaser trailer.
On May 8, Netflix dropped a full trailer. Why does Clay have a gun? And who exactly is in these Polaroids?
2. Hannah will be still be central to the series. As showrunner Brian Yorkey told Entertainment Weekly last May, Hannah will “absolutely” be on season two as the show continues to explore who’s responsible for her death. In addition to the trial, Yorkey says more of Hannah’s past will be shown. In March 2018, Katherine Langford (Hannah) told Entertainment Tonight, “We’ve wrapped and Hannah is back but… different Hannah. You’ll see, very different to season one.”
3. There will be a narrator. It just won’t be Hannah, according to Netflix. Another change to season two: no more tapes. This is a relief, as a second character mimicking Hannah’s setup would be straight-up silly.
4. Other characters’ perspectives on Hannah’s story will be shown. According to Yorkey, the purpose of this is to fill in the gaps about Hannah’s life. “We’re going to get some new context for events we already know about and we’re going to see a lot of things we hadn’t even heard about yet that fill in some really interesting gaps in our understanding of who Hannah Baker was and what her life was.”
5. Jessica’s recovery will be a big part of season two. As noted in Netflix’s May 2017 announcement, her story will continue as she tries to return to a normal life. Yorkey also opened up about season two plans for Jessica in his EW interview: “When people intimate that Jessica’s story is done, I find that a horrific thought because Jessica is just beginning the process of recovering from her rape, and we have a rapist who has not in any way been brought to justice. To leave those two things hanging out there in the world would be upsetting. I want to see how that at least starts to play out and I want to do Jessica’s story the deserved justice of following her as she goes back to school, as she tries to begin to recover from what happened to her, because it’s something that millions of young women go through. And also [I want to] see somebody punch Bryce in the face.”
6. Bryce might be brought to justice. As hinted by both Netflix and Yorkey in his EW interview, Bryce will likely have to deal with the aftermath of everything he did in the previous season, notably raping Jessica at her party and Hannah at his house.
7. The show will explore toxic masculinity. Specifically, the way boys are raised and the way girls are treated in our culture, and what could be improved in both cases, as Netflix explained in its May 2017 announcement.
8. Season two will take place a few months after the events of the season one finale. The final shot of season one sees Hannah’s parents listening to tape one (via a USB stick) as Clay drives off with Skye, Tony, and Tony’s boyfriend Brad. In August 2017, Dylan Minette (Clay) told ET that season two “kicks off a few months after season one,” which still doesn’t explain where Clay and company were headed to, but anticipate more “dark” moments. “It’s naturally going to progressively get to a more emotional place, due to the nature of the story we’re telling… I’m sure we’re all heading in some dark directions again. I think anybody would be surprised if we weren’t.”
9. Showrunners relied on all original content for season two. 13 Reasons Why the book has no sequel, so writers and producers started from scratch. According to Steven Silver (Marcus), this has given way to the development characters “that were not so… developed in season one or in the book… you know, you can see more of an ensemble.” (via ET)
10. Season two will feature at least seven new faces. Per Variety, the show will welcome Anne Winters, who will play a new head cheerleader named Chloe; Bryce Cass, who will play an “edgy, cynical mischief maker” named Cyrus; Chelsea Alden, who will play Cyrus’ sister Mackenzie; Allison Miller, who will play an ambitious young litigator named Sonya; Samantha Logan, who will play a track star named Nina; Kelli O’Hara, who will play a Jackie, a “warm, intelligent, passionate advocate for victims of bullying”; and Ben Lawson, who will play Rick, the new baseball coach at Liberty High.
11. Selena Gomez is still very much involved. Gomez and her mom Mandy Teefy were executive producers on season one and their roles have not changed going into season two. Silver told ET, “She’s always involved… She’s always checking in, she’s always making important decisions, giving important notes. So, she’s boss. I love her.” In December 2017, Selena shared photos from the season two wrap party on her Instagram:
And on May 10, Selena released “Back To You,” one of the lead singles from the official 13 Reasons Why season two soundtrack, which also includes songs from OneRepublic featuring Logic, Billie Eilish featuring Khalid, and classics from New Order and Tears for Fears. The soundtrack drops May 18, the same day season two premieres on Netflix.
12. A new warning video will play ahead of each season in an effort to help viewers deal with the sensitive content. Following criticism of how season one depicted suicide, Netflix added warning messages to the show, commissioned a study out of Northwestern University Center on Media and Human Development, and in March 2018, launched a warning video starring some of the cast. The 60-second video cautions viewers about what they’re about to see and suggests where to go if they need help. Season two will also feature an after-show with the actors and experts who consulted on the series. A viewing guide for teens and parents was also recently added to 13ReasonsWhy.info.
13. Get ready for a “compelling” story about Mr. Porter. In May 2018, Yorkey told THR that the guidance counselor “will be coming to terms with the way he let Hannah down and will be determined not to let any kids down in the future.” Going into season two, fans will “see a man who is determined to reach every kid who needs to be reached and help every kid who needs to be helped, whatever it takes.” Yorkey also said that Mr. Porter may “go out of bounds a bit” in this process.
14. There will be a trial. This is expected, as season one ended with several students giving statements on camera. According to Yorkey (via THR), the trial will unfold over season two as Hannah’s classmates are called in to testify, revealing “things we didn’t know before.”
15. The show won’t depict another instance of suicide on screen. Both Hannah’s suicide and Alex’s attempted suicide will continue to be part of the show, but Yorkey confirmed to THR that there isn’t a “new scene of suicide… that’s not the story we’re telling. And that’s a tiny bit of a spoiler, but not really.”
16. On May 3, Netflix released five new images from season two.
Hannah’s mom, seen here in front of what appears to be a courthouse, now has short hair.
Jessica testifies while holding two photos that say “a drunk slut.”
Clay looks more confused than ever.
Mr. Porter looks like he’s onto Bryce.
Tony cries but something tells us it’s not about his broken car window.
This post will be updated as more season two information is revealed.