Warning: Contains spoilers for 13 Reasons Why season 2.
13 Reasons Why returned to Netflix in May 2018 and caused as much of a stir as it did the first time around.
The hard-hitting teen drama was officially renewed by Netflix on June 6, 2018 and showrunner Brian Yorkey is definitely prepared for it as he’s spoken before about how there is plenty of potential in the characters for further seasons.
“I always think there’s more story to tell, but I think that depends on viewers and everyone’s reaction to it and whether it’s important to keep telling the story,” he explained.
“If there is a future for the show, to me, it’s about these characters, and not necessarily a new set of reasons or a new set of tapes. Someone else might do that, but that’s not my job to do that.”
And the producers have already been making preparations for a third season as the West Sonoma County Union High School District board has approved a third licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures to film scenes at Analy High School.
So what else can we expect from 13 Reasons Why season three? We’re glad you asked.
13 Reasons Why season 3 release date: When will it arrive?
Season one landed on March 31, 2017 and season two arrived on May 18, 2018, 12 months after it was officially confirmed by Netflix.
The teaser video that accompanied the season three announcement confirmed that it would arrive in 2019, with no specific date, so we reckon we’re looking at May 2019 at the earliest, potentially a bit later in June or July.
13 Reasons Why season 3 cast: Who will be back?
We imagine everyone will be back from the main cast, including the likes of Dylan Minnette (Clay Jensen), Christian Navarro (Tony Padilla), Brandon Flynn (Justin Foley), Justin Prentice (Bryce Walker) and Alisha Boe (Jessica Davis).
There’s even a possibility that Katherine Langford will be back as Hannah Baker as we know she is in season two despite Hannah’s tragic suicide. “There’s a whole life that Hannah had, and there’s more we can learn about her. Overall, learning more about her is more important to the entire narrative,” Minnette outlined.
For his part, Yorkey isn’t ruling out a return for Hannah but has hinted that she won’t play such an integral role. “The loss of Hannah will continue to be the inciting traumatic event for this group of kids and parents. It will always be part of the story,” he explained.
“But I don’t see a tremendous continued presence for Hannah because I think we needed her to finish telling everyone else’s side of her story and we needed her so that Clay could get to a point of saying, ‘I love you and I let you go’. If the story does continue, and certainly there is lots more to know about a lot of these characters, then the spotlight focus on Hannah Baker is probably done.”
However, Langford appears to have ruled out a return for Hannah in season three after saying that season two “felt like time” to “officially say goodbye to her”. “Even though she may not be part of another season, I think that her presence and the importance of her and her story will always matter and will always be there,” she added.
And to make the goodbye even more official, Langford shared a touching Instagram post and wrote: “‘Hannah…I love you…and I let you go’ Those are the words I was able to say six months ago, and now can finally share with you,” she explained.
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"Hannah…I love you…and I let you go" Those are the words I was able to say six months ago, and now can finally share with you as my journey on @13reasonswhy has officially come to an end…as most of you know, this was my first ever job and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to tell Hannah's story so fully in season 1, and to be asked back for a season 2. Thankyou to @netflix @paramountpics @anoncontent , the incredible producers, creatives, cast and crew for making these last 2 years so special. And to all of you here – Thankyou for filling my life with love and light 🙏 This show will always be a special part of my life, and regardless of whether Hannah is there or not, I know that I will continue to strive to do work that is meaningful and has a positive impact – whether that be in film, music, or any other form of art. There is a lot coming up this next year, and I can't wait to share it with you 💖 #hannahbaker
“Hannah…I love you…and I let you go” Those are the words I was able to say six months ago, and now can finally share with you as my journey on @13reasonswhy has officially come to an end…as most of you know, this was my first ever job and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to tell Hannah’s story so fully in season 1, and to be asked back for a season 2. Thankyou to @netflix @paramountpics @anoncontent , the incredible producers, creatives, cast and crew for making these last 2 years so special. And to all of you here – Thankyou for filling my life with love and light 🙏 This show will always be a special part of my life, and regardless of whether Hannah is there or not, I know that I will continue to strive to do work that is meaningful and has a positive impact – whether that be in film, music, or any other form of art. There is a lot coming up this next year, and I can’t wait to share it with you 💖 #hannahbaker
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13 Reasons Why season 3 plot: How did season 2 end?
Season two certainly ended in controversial fashion as Tyler Down (Devin Druid) was brutally and sexually assaulted by Montgomery de la Cruz (Timothy Granaderos) and a few of his fellow jocks.
This led him to bring an assault rifle to the Spring Fling to seek revenge against his bullies, but Clay is able to talk him out of it and get Tyler to hand him his gun, with the season ending as Clay is holding the gun as police sirens are heard in the distance. “What do we do now?,” he is asked by Justin.
“We had a character who was obviously severely bullied, suffering from social isolation, and was thinking of making a very tragic choice in addressing those feelings for himself,” Yorkey explained of the divisive ending.
“I think you’ll see in the balance of the episodes that it’s very much about trying to understand Tyler’s character and how a troubled young man might be driven to consider this very difficult choice.”
Yorkey also added that there was never a version of the season two finale where Tyler carried out the school shooting. “We all felt that that would be a step too far,” he noted.
As for Bryce, the trial ended with him receiving only three months probation after sexually assaulting both Hannah and Jessica.
“I always knew Bryce was going to get off easy because this show is kind of a reflection of reality and reality sucks sometimes,” Prentice explained. “We see it with the Brock Turner case. This is very much kind of a mirror of that.”
One possible focus for season three could follow on from the season two finale revelation that Bryce’s girlfriend Chloe is pregnant.
“I think [the topic of abortion could be covered] and it would be interesting to see how they handle it, because from my point of view, Bryce comes from a powerful family and they have a way of making things disappear, so I don’t know. It’d be very interesting to see,” Prentice outlined.
The plot of season two was largely been kept secret so we can expect a similar secrecy to surround season three, although it will have to pick up from this cliffhanger.
Like season two, it’s not like the third run will have source material to go from though as the first season covered all of Jay Asher’s novel, but we do at least know that it will be a continuation of the characters’ stories, rather than the producers’ original plan of an anthology series with a new cast each year.
“When we sold the show, we said… we think it could be the kind of show where you follow these characters year after year, and we also thought… we set up the show back in the heyday of True Detective on HBO, and we said we really think it could be a True Detective for teens, where every year you start with a new group and a new set of 13 reasons,” Yorkey told Digital Spy.
“And we sort of said, let’s make it and see how we feel. And there came a point where I said, I want to know what happens next. I don’t want to leave these characters right now and leave them hanging.”
Yorkey also teased a bit more about what season three could focus on at a Netflix For Your Consideration panel. “It’s a question of, is there more story to tell, do we want to see these kids not only continue to recover, but, how do they bring forward into their lives the thing they’ve learned about what they’ve been through?,” he outlined.
13 Reasons Why season 3 trailer: When can we expect it?
The first teaser for season two didn’t arrive until April 30, so don’t expect any season three footage until potentially a month before its release.
13 Reasons Why is available now on Netflix.
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