Warning: Spoilers for 13 Reasons Why ahead. If you haven't finished Hannah's tapes, get back on your bike and start listening.
If you were as obsessed as I was by Netflix's new series 13 Reasons Why, then you probably spent the better part of your weekend dedicated to finding out why 16-year-old Hannah Baker made the heartbreaking decision to end her life.
The 13 episodes that made up the first season of the show revolved around a cast of characters finding out how they contributed to Hannah's decision to kill herself. It's a rather bleak premise, but in a world where shows aimed at young adults often gloss over serious issues, it was a refreshing change to see the effects of suicide, sexual assault and bullying being presented in such a frank way.
Though we reached the end of Hannah's 13 tapes in Season 1, it felt as though there was still much more of the story to be told. After all, if 13 Reasons Why taught us anything, it's that everyone's dealing with their own shit. So with that in mind will we ever see a season 2?
Well, if we're going purely by the source material for the series then it seems unlikely. Jay Asher's novel, which provided the basis (and name) of the show, has no sequel, but with that said, it also didn't have as many loose ends as the Netflix series, which seemed to leave the option for a Season 2 wide open. #Netflix is yet to confirm a second season, but it's become the norm for Netflix to wait a few months after the release to confirm a further seasons. So with that in mind, here are five reasons why 13 Reasons Why deserves a second season:
1. We need to know if Hannah's parents won their case against the school
Mr and Mrs Baker went through a hell of a time during Season 1. Not only had their daughter died, but they were also in deep financial strife with their small pharmacy struggling against the Walplex. Despite their monetary woes, they poured what little they had into their lawyer and filed a lawsuit against the school.
At first it didn't seem like the Bakers had much of a chance, especially with the school hiring law firm Caproni, Burkhardt and Goodell to represent them, a.k.a Clay's mom (by the way, the law firm's name comes from second assistant director's Rachel Caproni and Kayse Goodell), but by the end of the series the pair had their trump card, with Hannah's tape becoming public knowledge. Armed with Tony's flashdrive full of the audio files, and the original tapes safely stashed away, the Bakers now have a strong case against the school, but will they win? Perhaps we'd find out in a second season.
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2. We need to see where Justin went and if he used that gun
Though Justin seemed like a popular jock with his life pretty well together, it didn't take long for us to see that he was deeply troubled due to his horrific home life. While Bryce's family had offered him a safe harbor over the years, the revelation that his best friend had raped his girlfriend and Hannah meant he distanced himself and, after his mother's boyfriend choked him, he ran away from home for good, packing a small bag with clothing, cash and a gun.
The last we saw of Justin in Episode 13 he was collecting a bottle of vodka off Bryce and basically let him know that he believed everything on the tapes. As Justin walked away Bryce asked him "so I'll see you around?" to which Justin replied, "nah, I don't think you will." But did Justin mean he'd be keeping his distance from Bryce, or did he mean that he was skipping down for good?
3. We need to know if Bryce or Sheri will be arrested
In the final two episodes Sheri finally saw sense and after a visit back to the scene of the crime, she made a call to police and admitted what she had done. From that point on we don't see any more of her story, leaving us to wonder if telling the truth was enough or if charges were pressed. Considering that Sheri's actions lead to both injury and death, it looks as though she might pay dearly for her choices made on the night of the party, but then again, so did Jeff and Hannah.
If there's one character that we truly want to see go down for his part in Hannah's death, it's definitely Bryce. The rich, scumbag jock not only raped Hannah, but also Jessica, and also casually dealt drugs and dished out beatings on the side. Bryce's downfall seemed imminent by the end of Episode 13 with Jessica apparently about to tell her dad what had happened to her, and Clay recording what amounted to Bryce's confession on the fourteenth tape. I feel like all 13 Reasons Why fans need a second season so we can watch this smug bastard go down in spectacular fashion.
4. We need to see what Tyler is going to do with all those guns?
While Clay was seen as a threat to the Tape gang, it was poor Tyler who was relentless bullied all the way through the series. Sure, he'd stalked and taken creepy photos of Hannah, but he didn't deserve the cruel level of bullying that was thrown his way, particularly by Courtney (seriously, did she learn nothing?!).
But unlike Hannah, it seemed as though Tyler was closing in on a different way to deal with the bullying, purchasing a gun in an alleyway and adding it to his, quite frankly, huge stockpile of guns and ammo. The guns, coupled with the images we saw Tyler developing in the darkroom — minus Alex whose photo was presumably removed because he showed him some kindness — it seemed as though Tyler was making a hit list for a possible school shooting.
5. We need to know if Alex survives
Of all the kids, aside from perhaps Clay, Alex seemed to struggle the most with the part he played in Hannah's suicide. He raged out of control earlier in the season, driving at high speeds only to be stopped by his police officer father and let away with nothing more than a finger wag. Then later he purposely got into a fight with Montgomery, and escaped repercussions both at school and home.
It seemed that Alex was craving punishment or discipline, probably born of the desire to be punished for his role in Hannah's suicide, but with his father only encouraging his destructive spiral it seemed he may have tried to punish himself in the most extreme way he knew how — suicide. As Season 1 drew to a close, it was revealed that Alex was in hospital in critical condition, but will he live? That seems like a question for Season 2.
13 Reasons Why Season 1 is available on Netflix now.