Showrunner Brian Yorkey, along with stars Katherine Langford, Dylan Minette, Kate Walsh and another executive producer Tom McCarthy, sat down for a Netflix For Your Consideration panel where Brian explained how the season will pick up following everything that went down in the first 13 episodes.
The show was adapted from Jay Asher's hit 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why and, after its March 31 debut on Netflix this year, rapidly became the most tweeted about show of 2017. "This to me is one of the problems with what we're conditioned to expect about stories about rape especially on television, is that they're an arc that belongs to a character that covers three episodes or five episodes and then a little bit later in the season they're on to the next thing with new love interests". Through a series of 13 tapes, Hannah was able to tell her version of events, and in Season 2, those on the tapes will finally get a chance to tell their stories.
"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", Brian said.
"So all the questions that came up and all the talk about it was all valid and I understand it, but I think with Season 2 we're going to actually answer a lot of those questions and a lot of resolution with the characters are going to come", she continued. "I think she told her story and she claimed her narrative which had really been taken from her, so she reclaimed her narrative and said this is the story of my life, but there are other people who might want to tell that story differently or other players in that story might have a different perspective on some of those events". Despite the fact that the controversial season one ended with the final reveal of why Hannah ended her life, that doesn't mean she is not still going to play a big part in season 2 as well - even though she will no longer provide the voiceover. This left a lot of people wondering what exactly the new season would be about? I feel like it's a very important issue to be talking about now. We pretty much know how Clay saw Hannah, but others, such as Tony, had conflicting feelings about her.
"Season two is also about healing and about how we go on, because people always say that you have to go on, but how do we after something like that?" The story of their recovery is just beginning. But you may have just convinced me to give season two a try.