A Wish List for 13 Reasons Why Season 2
What could be next for Hannah, Clay, Jessica, Alex and more.
13 Reasons Why came out just over a month ago.
A month isn’t all that long but chances are that you binged the series in a couple of days and it now feels like a lifetime since you last saw Hannah, Clay and the rest of the 13 Reasons Why cast.
In that time, not only has the series provoked a lot of important discussion about bullying and teen suicide but it has also gained millions of fans (including us) from all across the world. So many fans that Netflix has already renewed the series for a second season - set to air in 2018. We can’t wait.
With that in mind, here lies our wish list for 13 Reasons Why Season 2.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
1. Tell the story from the perspective of different characters
Part of what made Season 1 of the show so engrossing is that, whilst each episode centred on a different character, the series was predominantly about Hannah and Clay. From the first episode to the last, 13 Reasons Why follows Clay, as he listens to Hannah’s tapes for the first time and their unfulfilled love unfolds on screen. Whilst we would like Hannah and Clay still to feature heavily in the series, it would be great if Season 2 were told from the perspectives of some of the show’s other characters. Perhaps it could tell Alex’s story. Season 1 ends with him in critical condition after attempting suicide. It would be great if Season 2 explored what led him to this. It would also be brilliant if the writers used Season 2 as an opportunity to tell Jessica’s story from her perspective. As it stands we know how Hannah felt wronged by Jessica and not vice versa. It would be interesting to see what action Jessica and her family take in the aftermath of her finding out that she was raped. Also Alex and Jessica’s stories intertwine well like Hannah and Clay’s. They were not only at first great friends with Hannah but also dated before splitting up and becoming much more estranged.
As luck would have it, 13 Reasons Why showrunner, Brian Yorkey, seems to be on the same page as us. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly he said: ‘There’s voiceover in every episode but the voiceover is no longer Hannah.’ Not only that but he divulged ‘I want to do Jessica’s story the deserved justice of following her as she goes back to school, as she tries to begin to recover from what happened to her, because it’s something that millions of young women go through.’ Amazing.
2. Answer all of those unanswered questions
Season 1 ends with Olivia and Andy Baker, receiving a USB of Hannah’s tapes and filing a lawsuit against Liberty High School. As part of it, each of the students on Hannah’s list give depositions in which they admit their faults and how their actions may have led to Hannah committing suicide. It is implied that each of them would have been questioned about Hannah’s tapes and whether or not they were true. As part of this - Bryce’s rape of Hannah and Jessica would come into question as well as Mr. Porter failing to help Hannah. In Season 2, we want to see how this unfolds. Is Bryce prosecuted? Does Mr. Porter receive any formal punishment? What is going to happen to Justin as he leaves town? What is Tyler doing with his guns and ammunition? Is Skye going to get any plot development? It’s great when TV seasons end on cliffhangers, as they lead us wanting more but now that we’re getting more, it would be great if Season 2 addresses what has been left unsaid.
On hand to answer our prayers again, Brian Yorkey has stated his wish to address the fact that ‘we have a rapist who has not been brought to any justice’ in Season 2. ‘To leave [that] hanging in the world would be upsetting.’ He also went on to mention that: ‘All the cliffhangers that we saw at the end of Season 1 go back to the initial set of traumas that we’re talking about — go back to bullying, go back to Jessica’s rape, to Hannah’s rape. They’re all related, so I would very much like to explore where they all go and to see if there is, as I think there will be, some light for these kids.’
3. Have a strong narrative structure
13 Reasons Why became such a huge hit not just as a Netflix series but as a book because of its structure. It has 13 clear parts. This worked incredibly well on TV. What’s more this was all neatly tied together with Hannah’s tapes. One of the 13 reasons why (oh dear) fans are sceptical as to whether a second season of the show will work is because all of Hannah’s tapes have now been played. It can’t maintain it’s current structure but would likewise feel alien without it. Also if Alex or another character on the show were to have their own list of 13 reasons why, it could easily feel reductive and/or farfetched. Going into Season 2, it would be nice if the series somehow managed to keep some sort of narrative formation that links itself together as well as the first. Exerts from one of the protagonists’ diaries perhaps? Their own personal blog? Their social media accounts? We’re not entirely sure but we trust that the creators of the show will do it justice come season 2.
And - you guessed it - Brian Yorkey has already started to answer this question for us. ‘The tapes are still obviously on people’s minds, but there is a different sort of analog technology that plays a hugely important role in Season 2. So the cassette tapes aren’t at the centre of it — those two boxes of tapes are still hanging around and matter to people — but there will be a new piece of technology for 13 year olds to Google and try to understand what it was.’ What is it Brian?! Tell us!
Ok - we really want a Season 2 now. Like tomorrow. Today even. Actually maybe right this minute.
Words: Sam Prance