Details regarding the second season of 13 Reasons Why have been pretty hard to come by, as the cast and crew have remained extremely tight-lipped. We do know that Hannah Baker will still play a role, just not as the narrator like she did in the first season. There has also been a slew of casting announcements hinting at the expanded storyline. Now Dylan Minnette, who plays Clay Jensen in the series, has given viewers some crucial information regarding the Season 2 plot.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, #DylanMinnette revealed that 13 Reasons Why Season 2 will explore the notion of "recovery":
"[The new season] kicks off a few months after season one. This season particularly is a lot about recovery."
But he added that, like in real life, recovery most likely won't be fast and simple:
"I'm sure we're all heading in some dark directions again. I think anybody would be surprised if we weren't."
The entire cast from Season 1 was heavily affected by Hannah Baker's suicide and the events surrounding the decision, so one could assume all of the characters need to recover in some capacity.
Clay is recovering from losing Hannah (#KatherineLangford) and not being there for her as she made the decision, while her parents (Kate Walsh, Brian d'Arcy James) are still grieving the loss of their daughter. Jessica (Alisha Boe) will now begin the process of recovering from the trauma of her sexual assault. Alex (Miles Heizer) will hopefully be on the road to recovery after a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Really, the entire Liberty High student body will need to take some steps through the recovery process, as multiple events rocked the school in recent months. The deaths and accusations heavily affected students and faculty, especially with the Bakers' lawsuit against the school.
Even though recovery will be a main topic of Season 2, don't expect the #Netflix series to become lighter in tone. There is still plenty of tough subject material to explore, and this show will not take the easy path in its storytelling. The raw take on real-life issues is what resonated with many viewers in Season 1, even if it was controversial at times. The intensity level will certainly not be taken down a few notches despite the criticism.
This series has a message, and definitely intends to share it, no matter how graphic or heartbreaking.
13 Reasons Why Season 2 is expected to premiere in 2018.
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