13 Reasons Why Season 2: Everything You Need To Know

11 July 2017, 10:41

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Woodrow Whyte

By Woodrow Whyte

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

After a lot of speculation from the cast, the producers and the fans, 13 Reasons Why has officially been renewed by Netflix for a second season. Executive Producer Selena Gomez officially announced season two via Instagram, with an eerie trailer that features iconic places that can be seen throughout the first season. 

In a recent interview, Dylan Minette, who plays Clay, confirmed the second season's theme will be 'recovery'. "This season particularly is a lot about recovery," he explained. "It's naturally going to progressively get to a more emotional place, due to the nature of the story we're telling. I'm sure we're all heading in some dark directions again. I think anybody would be surprised if we weren't." We're intrigued! So, what are the major details that you need to know about Season 2? Well, we've got all the bases covered. 

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

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The Cast of '13 Reasons Why' reveal details about season 2.

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13 Reasons Why Season 2 New Characters: 

So far there are nine confirmed new characters who will be joining the original cast, all of whom are expected to rejoin for season 2 (rejoice Miles Heizer stans!). 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.

Release date:

Given that most Netflix's shows take around 12 months to write and film, a release date around early Spring 2018 is expected and the storyline is expected to take place a couple months after when the first season ended. 

 

Not long after the announcement of the second season, Brian Yorkey, who adapted Jay Asher's novel into the Netflix series, answered lots of big questions about season 2 to Entertainment Weekly and a lot of the cast have also been revealing key details. So, let's get some of the big questions out of the way first. 

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.

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.”

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!)

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, real name 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

 

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?

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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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