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Details for season two of 13 Reasons Why have been kept under tight wraps thus far, but that didn’t stop the cast and executive producers behind the Netflix drama from sharing some hints about what’s to come at an FYC Emmy event Friday.
One of the biggest questions on viewers’ minds has been who will replace Hannah (Katherine Langford) as the narrator in season two – which will go beyond Jay Asher’s best-selling book of the same name, on which the first season was based.
“There probably will be more than one,” executive producer Tom McCarthy told The Hollywood Reporter.
Showrunner Brian Yorkey further clarified McCarthy’s hint about multiple narrators. “There are 12 kids who have another version of those events that we actually haven’t heard from yet,” he said.
Langford, the first season narrator, shared a few suggestions about who she would like to see take the reins. “I want someone kind of obscure, like Skye,” said the actress. “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.”
When asked the same question, Dylan Minnette appeared eager to rule out his character as a possible season two narrator. “I would say Clay, but you’re already spending so much time with Clay,” he joked. “Why do you need him to narrate?”
However, Minnette had other suggestions for where Clay might be headed in the new episodes, and revealed a season two time-jump in the process.
“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,” he said. “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.”
One thing is for sure about season two: There are no more cassette tapes for Clay to listen to. “I don’t have to wear headphones anymore!” Minnette said enthusiastically. “I don’t have to listen to a Walkman anymore!”
When discussing the young adult series and the forthcoming season, the question also turned to whether the series will be more censored, given the divided conversation the series sparked when it launched in March.
Many have praised the series for bringing awareness to teenage suicide, bullying and sexual assault, among many other issues facing teens in the 21st century. Others, though, have criticized the show for its graphic depiction of rape and lead character Hannah’s death, specifically arguing that the series glorifies suicide and doesn’t offer any alternative options.
The streaming giant responded to said criticisms by adding additional trigger warnings to the series. Those involved with the show not only were surprised by some of the negative responses 13 Reasons Why garnered, but also believe the criticisms don’t entirely hold up.
“I’m proud of how we showed things,” said Langford. “It was done thoughtfully.”
McCarthy, who also directed the first episode of the series, brushed off any talk of additional censoring in season two. “Censored? No,” he said. “Season two should be authentic to season two.”
The Oscar winner also defended the show’s tackling of such dark subjects, and said it was part of the reason he was drawn to the project, his first TV series. “As artists, our job is to present, and other people can have opinions about it and react. That’s our job. I’m very proud of the show,” he said. “As a dad with two daughters, I listen and take it very seriously. That’s why I did the show. I didn’t have to do a TV show right now. I saw the material and said, ‘Oh yeah, nobody is talking about this.'”
Minnette agreed and countered that additional censorship wouldn’t be true to the series and its mission. “I would be shocked if anything is censored. The whole goal of the show is to be real and tell the story in a true way. And if they weren’t going to do that in more scenes, I don’t think they’d keep going with the show,” he said. “They aren’t going to sugarcoat anything. We haven’t done it from day one and I don’t think we’re ever going to do it. I’m sure it’s going to be just as important and dark as last season.”
Who do you want to see narrate season two? Sound off in the comments section below and check out Minnette’s Facebook Live chat with THR along with visiting The Live Feed for full 13 Reasons Why coverage.
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