Netflix breakout hit "13 Reasons Why" Season 1 introduced us to high school junior Hannah Baker played by Katherine Langford and 13 people who most impacted her life. Through a series of cassette tapes revealed during the 13-episode run, viewers learned how each of these people contributed to Hannah's decision to commit suicide.
The show left many unanswered questions, but showrunner Brian Yorkey said those questions will be addressed and answered in Season 2 of the series.
"I would say it’s safe to say we pick up a number of months after the first season ended," Yorkey told Entertainment Weekly.
Will the rape allegations against Bryce Walker (Justin Prentice) and the recording Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) made of him admitting guilt come to light? Does Alex Standall (Miles Heizer) die? What happens to Jessica Davis (Alisha Boe)?
Here is what learned about Season 2 from the creator's interview in EW:
Season 2 Will Be About Recovery
"We really have characters who, after 13 episodes, are just beginning the process of recovery and the process of coming to terms with what part they might’ve played in Hannah’s death and how Hannah’s death will change their lives going forward. I think that there is so much that’s fascinating about the way we grieve, the way we recover, the way we learn to take better care of each other."
Bryce’s Trial Will Be a Major Focus
“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? One way we’ll explore that question is through the trial and also through all of these kids reflecting on where they are a few months down the road and what other secrets are being uncovered.”
The Trial Means More Hannah
"That’s going to take us into the past, into Hannah’s story. 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."
Jessica’s Story Is Not Over
“When people intimate that Jessica’s story is done, I find that a horrific thought because Jessica is just beginning the process of recovering from her rape, and we have a rapist who has not in any way been brought to justice. To leave those two things hanging out there in the world would be upsetting. I want to see how that at least starts to play out and 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.”
Season 2 Will Reveal the Fates of Tyler, Alex and Bryce
“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. But I think what we’re going to discover is, as they begin to emerge from this very dark time, there’s hope and there is some light to be found.”
The Voiceover Will No Longer Be Hannah’s
“And there’s voiceover in every episode, but the voiceover is no longer Hannah. The voiceover and the stories that are being told bring us into the past and back to the present much in the way that Hannah’s voiceover did in season 1. So there will still be that weaving of time frames and seeing them unfold and how they impact each other as they go.”
Cassette Tapes Are So Last Season; Expect Something Different
“The tapes are still obviously on people’s minds, but there is a different sort of analog technology that plays a hugely important role in season 2. So the cassette tapes aren’t at the center of it — those two boxes of tapes are still hanging around and matter to people — but there will be a new piece of technology for 13-year-olds to Google and try to understand what it was.”