Spoilers for the second season of '13 Reasons Why' are coming through slowly but surely, and after Katherine Langford, Dylan Minnette, Kate Walsh, Tom McCarthy and Brian Yorkey answered burning questions on the panel at Netflix FYSEE event, we've got even more ~juicy~ nuggets of goss for y'all.
First up, while it's no secret the show has caused a LOT of controversy and discussion surrounding it's graphic depiction of bullying, sexual assault and suicide, executive producer and director Tom McCarthy has revealed that these intense scenes were made intentionally in order to generate conversation.
“I respect the opinion of experts, but being an adult myself I sometimes think, ‘Well, maybe we should listen to the people who are driving the viewership,'” he told Variety. “Young people want to have this discussion. Maybe they are telling us something.”
Knowing that her screen presence will undoubtedly be less than the first season, Aussie Katherine Langford spilled on just how attached she'd become to the character of Hannah Baker.
“At that point I’d been playing her for six months, so there was this sort of pseudo memory of living through someone’s life vicariously,” she revealed. “I just didn’t want to let her go because at that point she’s a person and you’re dealing with real issues.”
Meanwhile, showrunner Brian Yorkey gave a brief insight as to what may be in store for Clay Jensen.
“We really did like to beat the s— out of Clay whenever we had the opportunity to,” he said of Clay's multiple injuries throughout season one.
“I think he gets hurt at physically at least once in every episode,” Dylan added. “And there’s a season two,” Yorke hinted.
And while we'll no longer be seeing the infamous tapes in the new season, we can look forward to seeing events through the POV of other characters.
“Hannah told her version of events, but there are at least 12 kids who have another version of those events that we actually haven’t really heard from yet,” he said. “I don’t think Hannah told any untruths on her tape. She reclaimed her narrative, which had really been taken from her.”
Now we just have to wait patiently until it's released in 2018...
13 Reasons Why season two has finally been officially confirmed, and while the wait for more is going to be long and awful, the creators are not making us wait for spoilers. In a tweet this evening, Netflix confirmed the following key information:
1. We'll see other characters' perspectives on Hannah's story. This is intriguing, because season one can basically be read as solely Clay's POV on Hannah as he listens to her tapes.
2. Jessica's story will continue. We'll see her trying to recover from her sexual assault, and return to normal life. When we left her in the season one finale, she seemed to be about to tell her father about her rape.
3. There will be a narrator. It won't be Hannah.
4. There will be no more tapes. Which is a relief, because having a second character mimic Hannah's whole setup would be straight-up silly.
5. The season will explore toxic masculinity. Specifically "the way we raise boys up into men, and the way we treat girls and women in our culture – and what we could do better in both cases.
6. Bryce brought to justice. The smug, abusive jock who raped both Jessica and Hannah will "hopefully get what's coming to him", per Netflix's tease.
We also know from showrunner Brian Yorkey that Hannah Baker herself will reappear in season two, presumably in flashbacks from other characters' POVs.