The first season of 13 Reasons Why was often a tough, disturbing viewing experience, and for most of the show’s core characters, the events at Liberty High proved incredibly traumatic. Hannah Baker’s suicide, the toxic school environment that drove her to it, and the tapes she left behind all had a profound impact, and it sounds like season two won’t gloss over the aftermath.
“This season particularly is a lot about recovery,” Dylan Minnette (who played Clay Jensen) told Entertainment Tonight, per Refinery29, adding that the season will pick up a few months after season one. So, who exactly is going to be recovering, and from what? The finale left Alex’s fate up in the air after an apparent suicide attempt, while Jessica was beginning to come to terms with being raped by Bryce, and Hannah’s parents were channelling their grief into a lawsuit against the high school.
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If you want to try to dig deeper into Minnette’s comment, you could guess that it’s confirmation that Alex survives—which makes sense, since yet another season focused on a different student’s suicide could be a tough sell, particularly in light of the controversy surrounding the first season’s portrayal.
We also know that season two will involve Hannah in flashbacks, will introduce several new characters, and will explore “the way we raise boys up into men, and the way we treat girls and women in our culture,” according to the showrunner, Brian Yorkey. And it’ll reach Netflix sometime in 2018, so we probably only have another year or so of endless speculation to endure.
Suicide is preventable. Readers who are affected by the issues raised in 13 Reasons Why are encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.