13 Reasons Why was renewed for a second season back in May. While details for next season have been kept under wraps, the cast and showrunners recently dropped a couple of spoilers, including a time jump and the possibility of having multiple narrators.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, 13 Reasons Why executive producer Tom McCarthy revealed that there might be more than one narrator when the series returns for Season 2. His co-executive producer, Brian Yorkey, explained that we haven’t heard the other kids’ version of the story last season.
Katherine Langford (Hannah Baker), who was the first season narrator, though it would be interesting to see the story in the point of view of some of the more obscure characters like Skye (Sosie Bacon). If it wouldn’t be Skye’s, Langford suggested seeing it from Jessica (Alisha Boe) or Alex’s (Miles Heizer) perspective.
“Jessica or Alex are very interesting, I’d be interested to see where their stories go this season. I want to believe [Alex] is alive,” she said.
Meanwhile, Dylan Minnette, who plays Clay Jensen on the young-adult adaptation, said that although he wanted Clay to narrate next season, he felt like viewers already know so much about his character.
“I would say Clay, but you’re already spending so much time with Clay. Why do you need him to narrate?” he joked.
Minnette also casually dropped a major spoiler: 13 Reasons Why Season 2 will pick up a couple of months after the finale. Will we see Bryce (Justin Prentice) pay for what he did to Hannah and Jessica? Will Mr. Porter (Derek Luke) come forward with the tapes? Is Alex still alive? Although Minette was not at liberty to spill the answers just yet, he can only hope that things will get better for Clay.
“Naturally, I’d love to see Clay escape his demons from season one. I’d like to see him in a healthier place. The show takes place a few months after season one. I’m curious to know how Clay has coped the last few months. Did he find closure? Is he moving on? Part of me wonders if he’ll be able to escape his anxiety, but I doubt it because that would make for compelling storytelling if he still has anxiety.”
Jay Asher, who penned the best-selling book, told Entertainment Weekly that he, too, is curious about what happens in 13 Reasons Why Season 2. Just like many of us, he’s wondering what happens to Clay, Alex, and Mr. Porter, among others. Although he decided long ago that he’d never write a sequel to the book, he still wanted to see how the story would go on.
Asher added that he did not have issues with the TV adaptation picking up where the book left off. The author had complete trust in the writers, saying that they had the same vision for the story.
“When I’d had the original idea for the book, I’d thought about it happening over several days like it does on the TV show. Like when Clay confronts Bryce but Bryce doesn’t know about the tapes yet, I had a similar scene in mine originally. So when I realized where they were going with that relationship, to me it was just another sign they got my characters,” he said.
Asher’s 13 Reasons Why has sold over 3 million copies in the U.S. in the last 10 years. Despite the book’s popularity, the author believed that a sequel was unnecessary. Fans who wanted to know more about Hannah Baker and the kids of Liberty High School would just have to settle for the TV adaptation.
“There’s never going to be a sequel… You can explore that world further in a different medium and the book will still be able to be itself. I don’t think the show is affecting what the book is saying,” Asher explained.
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