Warning! Spoilers below for “13 Reasons Why.”
The show tells the story of teenager Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), who leaves behind 13 tapes for her classmates, explaining her decision to take her own life. The first season ended with Hannah’s suicide ― in a graphic and controversial scene ― so many are wondering what Season 2’s storyline will include. Well, showrunner Brian Yorkey spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the new episodes and what fans can expect.
First off, Hannah will be present as the show continues to weave through time frames. But Yorkey wants to make sure the focus shifts a bit to those who impacted her decision in one way or another.
“We saw Hannah’s version of events unfold, but there’s a lot more to be told also about those characters,” Yorkey said.
He continued, “I think one of the things that is still hanging out there is this question of is someone responsible for Hannah’s death? Is the school responsible? Who is responsible, if anyone is? One way we’ll explore that question is through the trial and also through all of these kids reflecting on where they are a few months down the road and what other secrets are being uncovered. That’s going to take us into the past, into Hannah’s story. 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.”
The trial Yorkey is referring to above is the one concerning Hannah’s parents vs. the school. Still, a lot of viewers want to see Bryce Walker (Justin Prentice) brought to justice for what he did to both Hannah and Jessica (Alisha Boe) ― and he might face some consequences in Season 2.
“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,” Yorkey told EW. “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,” he said, adding, “And also [I want to] see somebody punch Bryce in the face.”
The showrunner also confirmed that a lot of the burning questions from Season 1 will be answered, but he hopes that, rather than just resolving those cliffhangers, the new episodes will allow fans of the show to better understand each character’s journey.
As for the tapes, well ...
“The tapes are still obviously on people’s minds,” he said, “but there is a different sort of analog technology that plays a hugely important role in season 2. So the cassette tapes aren’t at the center of it — those two boxes of tapes are still hanging around and matter to people — but there will be a new piece of technology for 13-year-olds to Google and try to understand what it was.”
A premiere date for Season 2 of “13 Reasons Why” has yet to be announced.