8:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'13 Reasons Why' Officially Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
It's official: Netflix has greenlighted season two of 13 Reasons Why.
The drama will return for a sophomore run in 2018 and consist of another 13 hourlong episodes, with Brian Yorkey staying on as showrunner, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Per Netflix's official logline, season two "picks up in the aftermath of Hannah Baker's (Katherine Langford) death and the start of the characters' complicated journeys toward healing and recovery."
Additional details about season two were not immediately available. Among the biggest burning questions is if star Langford will be back and if so, in what capacity, given that the first season revolved around Hannah and the 13 reasons that led to her suicide. For his part, Yorkey previously told THR that structure of the series — weaving in stories told in flashback with the present — would indicate that Langford will indeed be back.
"Hannah's story is still very much not finished," he said. "She's an integral part of whatever the next chapter of the story is, and she's very much still at the center of it."
Netflix's 13 Reasons Why is its latest watercooler hit. While the streamer, like competitors Amazon and Hulu, does not release ratings information, the show cut through the cluttered scripted landscape with its graphic and controversial depiction of Hannah's suicide. Although the series, produced by Paramount Television, launched with warnings ahead of episodes featuring suicide and sexual abuse, Netflix recently addressed criticism that it glorified suicide by adding additional warnings to the start of the show. (The season concludes with a special 30-minute PSA called Beyond the Reasons, which features producers including Selena Gomez as well as the cast, doctors, advocates and psychologists offering insight on how to get help or assist someone in need.)
For his part, Nic Sheff, who penned the episode featuring Hannah's suicide, defended 13 Reasons Why's decision to feature such sensitive content. "It overwhelmingly seems to me that the most irresponsible thing we could've done would have been not to show the death at all," he wrote in a recent guest column.
Critics, meanwhile, have been divided about 13 Reasons Why. THR's Daniel Fienberg called the show "sometimes hard to watch, but always highly watchable." More recently, however, the conversation has shifted to 13 reasons why there shouldn't be a second season.
Dylan Minnette co-stars on the series based on Jay Asher's book of the same name.