Nothing stays buried at Liberty High. The cast of 13 Reasons Why is officially back and in more danger than ever, as Season 2 goes on trial with a first full trailer for the life-and-death teen drama. And if that weren’t enough – Hannah Baker has more story to tell.
13 Reasons Why, eighteen days out. Netflix has confirmed that Season 2 of the controversial suicide drama will debut in mid-May, and has already released a cryptic teaser of Hannah Baker’s next mystery.
The second season of 13 Reasons Why will make some notable changes from the first. The results of a new Northwestern University study have influenced Netflix to draft a new intro to the teen suicide drama, as well as a revamped after-show with prevention resources.
Even as Netflix moves beyond Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why for an off-book second season, the streaming service is ditching Asher himself. Netflix has disavowed Asher’s involvement in 13 Reasons Why Season 2 over the author’s newest sexual harassment charges.
Amid critical praise and affecting subject material, fans of Netflix’s book-adapted 13 Reasons Why have been uncertain of a potential second season. The 2007 Jay Asher novel has no sequel, nor does the central conceit of a teenage girl’s suicide lend itself to expansion, but 13 Reasons Why Season 2 is now confirmed by a first teaser.
Spotlight director Tom McCarthy has something of a spotty record. While balancing a robust career as an actor, McCarthy got started directing such fine dramas as The Station Agent and The Visitor, and earned his first Oscar nomination for co-writing the script for Up. His 2011 feature Win Win was solid, and Spotlight currently has six Academy Award nominations pending (including a Best Director citation for McCarthy himself), and yet there remains a stain on his filmography. McCarthy also helmed 2015’s The Cobbler, a ridiculous, risible Adam Sandler vehicle that felt like a deranged parody of a formulaic studio comedy. If the director was capable of putting his name on that radioactive pile of waste, then nothing’s beyond his reach, awards-season prestige be damned.