The controversial series 13 Reasons Why is making its way back to Netflix in 2018 with a second season, and the cast sat down to dish on what they know about the show so far in addition to the controversy surrounding the first season.
According to one of the show runners, although the tapes have been an integral part of the first season, a new technology is going to take over the show.
“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 two. So the cassette tapes aren’t at the center 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.”
Although the show will continue where the first season left off, Hannah Baker is still very much going to be apart of 13 Reasons Why, even though she has obviously passed away.
Jay Asher, who wrote the original novel, had stated earlier that he was thinking about penning a second book, but ultimately decided against it. However, he has always been incredibly open for the story of the characters to continue, which is absolutely fantastic for the crew and writers who are ready to give a second season a go.
Kate Walsh, Katherine Langford and Dylan Minnette attended the FYC event last night in Los Angeles for the new Netflix series. They discussed the show and revealed that the second season would begin filming next month in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Selena Gomez, an executive producer for 13 Reasons Why, has recently said she is incredibly excited for a new season in a radio interview as well.
“I think it’s going to be so exciting because you know, I didn’t expect the first to be as loud if you will. I didn’t expect it to have the reaction that it did,” Selena explained.
Although the show received a lot of positive press, it also received some pushback by mental health experts who were not happy about the way the show was presented. Many felt the show wasn’t responsible in its portrayal of suicide, and didn’t get the message across very well that suicide was final. They also felt that those who saw the series would see suicide as a way to stick it to their bullies instead of seeking help if they were being tormented by their peers.
Some schools were so worried about the presentation of 13 Reasons Why that they sent letters home to parents warning them not to allow their children to watch the show. Others banned the books from their school’s library. One school even blamed the series for a rash of suicides on their campus.
Mental health experts and parents also worried about the effect some of the more graphic scenes from 13 Reasons Why had on kids, as Hannah Baker kills herself in a way that isn’t exactly gore-free. The show also depicts two rapes and sexual assaults, which some worry would be too much for some kids. However, the producers of the show maintain that this is the unfortunate reality of the world, and therefore they can’t censor reality from kids.
Although the first season presented itself as a standalone piece, the show ended with several cliffhangers that would make it very easy for a writer to start to piece together a second season of 13 Reasons Why. Many fans are still on the edge of their seats wondering what is going to happen to the characters and the producers and writers are eager to explore that together.
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