Note: The following article contains discussion of suicide that some readers may find upsetting.
This article also contains spoilers for seasons one and two of 13 Reasons Why.
13 Reasons Why season two looks set to be the last we will see of Hannah Baker, with star Katherine Langford admitting she would not be coming back for a third.
The actress has played the main character in the show in flashbacks for the past two seasons, revealing that now "felt like time" to let go of Hannah.
"For me, we told Hannah's story so fully in season one," Langford told Entertainment Weekly, referring to the suicide scene: "And in a way, doing that scene in episode 13, I've so often referred to it as it was the hardest scene because it's the scene where I had to let her go.
"I think coming back this season was challenging because it was playing her but not really her. The challenge was when you tell a character's story so fully, and then you have to come back as a version of her that's filtered through other people's eyes; that required a lot of trust.
"I guess if I could put Hannah's life into season one and then say it was kind of like being in purgatory for season two, and then being able to officially say goodbye to her. It definitely felt like time. For me, letting Hannah go was in season one; season two was for Clay to let her go.
"It was being able to assist Clay on that journey as Hannah and let Clay have his moment to let Hannah go."
Langford admitted there were lots of elements that "resonated" with fans, continuing: "Even though she may not be part of another season, I think that her presence and the importance of her and her story will always matter and will always be there.
"To be specific in this season, the big thing to take away is in regards to the trial where her image is distorted and defiled. At the end of the day, one of the really important things to take from this season in regards to Hannah is that it doesn't matter who she was or what she did, she didn't deserve any of what happened to her."
She also said that the show will "always be a really special part of [her] life", and that she was "so thankful" to have played Hannah.
13 Reasons Why seasons one and two are streaming now on Netflix.
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