Netflix has picked up their hit series 13 Reasons Why for a second season, the streaming service announced on Sunday. The series – which connected with audiences around the globe and caused some controversy due to its depictions of rape, public shaming and suicide – will return with another thirteen episodes in 2018.
13 Reasons Why follows teenager Clay Jensen as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush – who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Will Clay be one of them? If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.
The thirteen episode drama series, which is based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher, is produced by Paramount Television and stars Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Kate Walsh, Brain D’Arcy, Derek Luke, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Alisha Boe, Christian Navarro and Tommy Dorfman. 13 Reasons Why is directed by Oscar Winner Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Written by Tony and Pulitzer Prize Winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), and executive produced by Selena Gomez, Joy Gorman and Brian Yorkey from Anonymous Content, and Kristel Laiblin.
The show’s second season will pick up in the aftermath of Hannah Baker’s death and the start of the characters’ complicated journeys toward healing and recovery. Owing to the way the series ended, with Hannah Baker committing suicide in a fairly graphic scene and Alex apparently attempting to clear himself, it is not immediately clear if Katherine Langford and Miles Heizer will be returning for the new season. Additionally, Brian Yorkey, who developed the series for Netflix, is succeeding Diana Son as the showrunner.
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