13 Reasons Why boss reveals why they're doing season 2

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From Digital Spy

13 Reasons Why may have been one of the most tweeted-about shows of 2017, but it was still an unlikely contender for a second season renewal, especially considering the first season told the complete story of Jay Asher's standalone novel.

But in May last year Netflix officially confirmed that a second season was on the way, and now the show's creatives have opened up about why they decided to make more episodes of the series, sharing that season two will explore how the characters deal with the aftermath of Hannah's suicide.

"It continues the characters' journeys," Vice-President of Original Series at Netflix, Brian Wright said (via Elle).

"It continues this dialogue and these conversations and the exploration of some of these super tough topics, but in a way that's always wrapped in a very entertaining and propulsive thread and story."

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Showrunner Brian Yorkey added that they realised season one actually left its characters with a lot of unresolved stories, including Clay (Dylan Minnette) only just beginning to grieve for the girl he loved and Jessica (Alisha Boe) realising that she was a victim of sexual assault.

"In a way it felt that to leave them there would be unfair to the characters and also to the viewers who really had come to care about them," he added.

Yorkey went on to explain that Jessica's story is a key part of the show's second season, as sexual assault and the conversation surrounding it plays a central role.

"Jessica in particular, her experience continues to be a central part of season two," Yorkey said. "We wanted very much to look at her recovery. To look at what it is to go from being a victim of sexual assault to being a survivor of sexual assault."

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Yorkey said as well that Mr Porter (Derek Luke), the guidance counsellor who didn't help Hannah after she opened up about her sexual assault and suicidal thoughts, will also have to come to terms with his role in Hannah's death.

"Mr Porter, in particular, will be coming to terms with the mistakes that he made, with the ways that he let her down, and will be, I think, very determined not to let any kids down in the future," he explained.

"In fact, I think that his story is, I think, one of the most sort of compelling to me in season two. And we'll 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."

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The show's second season has already wrapped filming, and while we don't yet have a firm premiere date, we know it will be returning later this year – and it will be bringing back Katherine Langford's Hannah too.

"There's a whole life that Hannah had, and there's more we can learn about her," series lead Minnette teased of her return recently. "Overall, learning more about her is more important to the entire narrative."

13 Reasons Why season two premieres on Netflix in 2018.

Suicide is preventable. Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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