13 Reasons Why is already 2017’s most-tweeted about show. It is also one of the most controversial, prompting hundreds of think-pieces in response to its vivid portrayal of teen suicide, rape, and bullying, and causing Netflix to add an introductory warning label to the series.
Love it or hate it (or recognize both the significance of addressing serious teen issues while acquiescing that writers should collaborate with suicide-prevention groups), The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the show has been renewed for a second season, with 13 additional episodes. Season 2 “picks up in the aftermath of Hannah Baker’s death and the start of the characters’ complicated journeys toward healing and recovery.”
Hannah’s story will be an “integral part of… the next chapter…she’s very must still at the center of it,” showrunner Brian Yorkey told THR of the second season.Producer Selena Gomez also instagrammed the news this morning, writing: “Their story isn’t over. Season 2 of #13ReasonsWhy is coming.” Her announcement has been viewed 4 million times in a matter of hours.
She has been flooded with largely positive comments of viewers anxious for the next installment.
Still, some viewers oppose a second season, arguing that the series already adapted the popular book, and has fulfilled its duty.
Steel yourselves: hundreds of writers are at this very moment hunched over their laptops in the candlelight, fervently penning impassioned reactions to the news.
I can’t promise I won’t be one of them.