13 Reasons Why Season 2: Release Date, Trailers, Cast, Theories and Everything You Need To Know

25 April 2018, 17:25

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Woodrow Whyte

By Woodrow Whyte

All the latest information from the cast, storyline theories and photos from the set.

13 Reasons Why has officially wrapped filming on it's second season which means we are only a matter of weeks away from the return of the controversial Netflix show. 

Here are the latest updates about the new season:

Kate Walsh, who plays Hannah Baker's mother, has said in an interview that the second season will feature a gender identity storyline. Speaking to E! News, she said: "We go off the book this year and it continues the Bryce Walker storyline. It deals with sexual assault and culpability, responsibility and truth, relationships. I think this season the storyline is fantastic and reflecting what's happening in the culture at large, just like with bullying, sexual assault, gender identity and everything in relationships."

Netflix Spain released the first promo trailer for the season two. However, instead of featuring any of the cast, the video followed a classroom of students discussing their experiences with bullying and name calling. The video ended with words "We still have a lot to learn", which is believed to be the tagline for the entire season.

Netflix also announced that there will be an additional after-show series called 'Beyond The Reasons' that will debrief the audience on certain topics in the show, such as self-harm, sexual assault and so on. Mental health experts, cast members, writers and producers will all contribute to the panels to discuss the series' heavy subject material. There will also be a PSA before every episode which features the cast out of character, speaking directly to camera and the audience, pointing out certain trigger warnings and reminding viewers that help is always available should they need it. 

Watch the video that will "be the first thing everyone sees" when they hit play on the episode below:

 

When is the release date? When does 13 Reasons Why start?

Netflix are expected to drop the release date for 13 Reasons Why season two any day now. Netflix recently offered fans an opportunity to go to an advanced screening of the full season this Friday (30/03) with a discussion with the cast about the season afterwards as part of the Beyond The Reasons follow up show. This means that the season is ready to go, which hints at a drop date very soon, likely in April. 

When is the UK release date? 

As with the first season, 13RW season two will drop in the UK at the same time as everywhere else. 

How many episodes will there be in 13 Reasons Why season 2?

Netflix has not yet confirmed how many episodes the new season will have. It would seem likely that the show will have a similar amount of episodes to season one, which had 13 in total (obviously). There are currently 13 untitled episodes listed on the IMDb page for season two.

Here's what the cast of the show had to say about Season 2:

 

13 Reasons Why Cast: New characters

So far there are nine confirmed new characters who will be joining the original cast, so, who is who? 

Anne Winters will play Chloe, the new head cheerleader and "it girl" at Liberty High.

Ben Lawson will play Rick, "the beloved baseball coach at Liberty High".

Bryce Cass will play Cyrus, an "edgy, cynical mischief maker who serves as an unexpected champion of the downtrodden".

Chelsea Alden will play Cyrus's artsy and witty sister Mackenzie.

Samantha Logan will play Nina, "a well-respected track star with a secret".

Kelli O'Hara will play Jackie, an advocate for victims of bullying.

Allison Miller will play Sonya, a "smart and ambitious young litigator", who will likely have a role in the ongoing case to determine whether or not the high school is culpable for Hannah Baker's suicide.

Jake Weber will play Bryce’s dad, Barry Walker, who's described as a “successful hedge fund manager and pillar of the community”.

Brenda Strong will play Bryce's mother, Nora Walker. She’s described just as “Barry husband and Bryce’s mother”, which is kinda…odd.

Who are the returning cast remembers from 13 Reasons Why season one?

All of the following main actors have been confirmed to return for the second season either by themselves on social media or interview or from photos from filming/wrap party for season two: 

Dylan Minnette (Clay Jensen) 

Katherine Langford (Hannah Baker) 

Christian Navarro (Tony Padilla) 

Alisha Boe (Jessica Davis) 

Brendon Flynn (Justin Foley) 

Justin Prentice (Bryce Walker) 

Miles Heizer (Alex Standall)

Ross Butler (Zach Dempsey) 

Devin Druid (Tyler Down) 

Amy Hargreaves (Lainie Jensen) 

Derek Luke (Kevin Porter)

Kate Walsh (Oliver Baker) 

Brain d’Arcy James (Andy Baker)

Michele Selene Ang (Courtney Crimsen)

Ajiona Alexus (Sheri Holland)

Tommy Dorfman (Ryan Shaver)

Sosie Bacon (Skye Miller). 

An official list of cast has not yet been released.

What time period will the second season be set in?

Dylan Minette, who plays Clay, has confirmed there will be a time jump between the seasons. In an interview with Yahoo! while promoting his new Netflix film, An Open House, Minnette explained that Clay is like two different characters between the first and the second season. "There’s a time jump. Season 2 is a couple months after Season 1, and there’s a lot that’s happened to Clay in between, and I think you’re playing catch up when you start, and you see where Clay’s at."

He continued, “Clay’s trying to live his life but I think no matter what, Clay will never be able to — I mean, I think Hannah, his life with her, and everything with the tapes, is the biggest thing that’s ever happened to him, and I don’t think he’ll ever be able to escape it, no matter how hard he tries.”

So we're getting a time jump and even more drama? Hold on to your hat babes, season two is going to be a rollercoaster. Here's what we know so far.   

13 Reasons Why Season Two Theories: Will Hannah Baker return for Season 2?

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Yes. Yorkey revealed that Hannah’s death will still be a major storyline. "Oh absolutely. I think one of the things that is still hanging out there is this question of is someone responsible for Hannah’s death? Is the school responsible? Who is responsible, if anyone is? We’re going to get some new context for events we already know about and we’re going to see a lot of things we hadn’t even heard about yet that fill in some really interesting gaps in our understanding of who Hannah Baker was and what her life was."

In an interview with Mashable, Brian Yorkey said this about Hannah's role: "We’re going to see Hannah in flashbacks [...] We’re going to see parts of Hannah’s life that we didn’t in Season 1. We haven’t really gone into that much detail but I know that we’re going to continue that dialogue and keep developing the story.”

13 Reasons Why are obviously keen to keep on Katherine Langford. Showing the different sides of her story through her classmates' eyes is definitely one way to keep Hannah's story alive.

Will Clay and Skye get together?

Possibly! Dylan Minnette has revealed in an interview with Seventeen that the two characters become closer in season two. At the end of the first season, the two old school friends - who lost touch when they started at high school - drive off into the sunset together. It left many viewers wondering whether their relationship might develop into something more.

"I can’t say too much", said Dylan, "but Skye is still around and in the picture and there’s a chance that her and Clay could be friends or more. That’s something you’ll learn pretty quickly when the season starts. I don’t want to spoil that for you, but she’s around." It's what Hannah would have wanted...right? 

What will happen to Bryce in season 2?

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The first season ended on Jessica admitting for her father that she had been raped. Many fans have since hoped that season 2 will see her get justice and Yorkey is definitely on board with that. " I want to do Jessica’s story the deserved justice of following her as she goes back to school, as she tries to begin to recover from what happened to her, because it’s something that millions of young women go through. And also [I want to] see somebody punch Bryce in the face."

Kate Walsh, who plays Hannah's mother Olivia Baker, has also hinted to People Now about how the show deals with the fall out of Hannah's death. “We’ll see more and more of the mystery getting revealed, and I think you see Mrs Baker still questing for the answers of what happened to her daughter,” Walsh said. “We’ve already started shooting, so I know where it’s going.”

Walsh followed that up more recently (12/02), telling Bustle about season 2, "I think it's gonna amazing, and it's gonna deal a lot with Bryce Walker. And the culture of and storytelling of sexual assault, and I think it's gonna be incredibly powerful."

Bryce's parents have been confirmed to feature in the next season. Justin Prentice, who plays Bryce, previously revealed that he worked with the series creator Brain Yorkey to flesh out Bryce’s family history and personal life. “Perhaps Bryce’s father is similar, if not worse”, he said back in April. “A lot of [the back story] was about the father – the father figure being very similar to Bryce, and that’s where he gets a lot of his pointers.

Was Alex shot by Tyler?

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Probably not. Miles Heizer, who plays Alex, suggest that a suicide attempt is much more likely, theorising that, "It was interesting to see similarities between Alex and Hannah, because there are a lot of warning signs throughout the season,"

Does Alex survive? "That's another subject that's very rarely shown onscreen and is probably a lot more common than people think it is. People attempting to take their lives and it not happening, I'm sure that will bring a crazy set of issues. It would be interesting to go into that." So it would seem we haven’t seen the last of Alex just yet (thank god!)

In a new interview, Miles says that the second season builds upon the issues raised in the first. "I will say we took the issues that were present in season 1 and made sure that they are present in season 2. We really went head first into all of these things that people thought were taboo and talked about them anyway … if anything, we’re even more open about the taboo topics from season 1 and we dive in deeper.”

Is Tyler planning a school shooting?

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It sure looked like it. Yorkey is staying tight lipped for now but judging from this answer, we'd hazard a guess that something major will be going down.

“All the cliffhangers that we saw at the end of season 1 go back to the initial set of traumas that we’re talking about — go back to bullying, go back to Jessica’s rape, to Hannah’s rape. They’re all related, so I would very much like to explore where they all go and to see if there is, as I think there will be, some light for these kids. We’re going to continue to tell their stories really honestly. We’re going to answer all of the burning questions that people have about [the show]. Is Tyler going to do something? What’s going to happen to Alex? Will Bryce be brought to justice? We’re going to answer those questions but I think, even more, we’re going to continue to look very truthfully and very honestly at what they go through, even when it’s painful at times.”

Will Jeff Atkins be in season 2?

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Jeff Atkins, played by Brandon Larracuente, was arguably one of the most popular characters in the first season but sadly dies in a car accident. Considering flashbacks will still feature heavily in the show, it's highly likely he will be back for season 2. #JusticeForJeff

Will there be a gender identity storyline?

As we have previously mentioned, Kate Walsh said to E! News that a gender identity storyline will feature in season two. When Kate was asked how the show will top last season, Kate said: "We go off the book this year and it continues the Bryce Walker storyline. It deals with sexual assault and culpability, responsibility and truth, relationships. I think this season the storyline is fantastic and reflecting what's happening in the culture at large, just like with bullying, sexual assault, gender identity and everything in relationships."

 

The filming of 13 Reasons Why Season 2 has already begun and pictures from the set are giving fans vital clues about what might be happening to the Hannah, Clay and the rest of the cast in the next season. Then residents of San Rafael, California, where the show is filmed, having been sharing pictures of the shoots taking place.

 

 

Looks like we'll be seeing more of Monet's too.

13 Reasons Why Season 2 Filming Monet's

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This scene, originally posted on Imgur, looks like a demonstration outside a court with protestors holding images of Hannah on placards. Could the school - or some of Hannah's classmates on the tapes - be heading to court over her death?

13 reason why season 2 set

Holy fuck!

So what do we know from this pictures? Well there are definitely more flashback scenes, especially between Hannah and Tyler. It is also likely that the depositions being recorded at the end of season 1 start to blow up and have serious consequences in season 2. Whether that's for the school, or Bryce, or any other of the kids on the tapes is yet to be seen. 

Watch the trailer for 13 Reasons Why season 2 below:

 

Their story isn't over. Season 2 of #13ReasonsWhy is coming.

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