It’s been just over a year since the first season of 13 Reasons Why premiered on Netflix, and now we finally have a release date and trailer for season 2.
The second season, which will pick up in the aftermath of Hannah Baker’s tragic suicide,will be available on Netflix on Friday, May 18. So soon!
The mysterious cassette tapes Hannah left behind “were just the beginning,” according to the trailer. We’ve known for a while that an additional form of analog technology would be featured in the second season, and now the teaser has confirmed that Polaroid pictures will be a major factor in untangling the truth about Hannah’s death.
The retro instant photos hint at more secrets, threats, coverups, and violence among Hannah’s classmates, including Clay (Dylan Minnette), Jessica (Alisha Boe), Tony (Christian Navarro), and Bryce (Justin Prentice), as well as her mother and Liberty High principal Mr. Bolan.
13 Reasons Why was adapted from the YA novel of the same name, and while it was an instant hit for Netflix, it also drew its share of criticism from those who felt its depiction of teen suicide was irresponsible and potentially triggering. The streaming service took the concerns to heart, conducting a study through Northwestern University’s Center on Media and Human Development, the results of which have helped inform season 2.
A disclaimer will now run before each episode of the show, pointing viewers to a new website containing resources for those struggling with mental health issues, bullying, addiction, or suicidal thoughts. “The hope is that the steps we’re taking now will help support more meaningful conversations as season 2 rolls out,” Netflix’s VP of original series, Brian Wright, said. “We’ve seen in our research that teens took positive action after watching the series, and now — more than ever — we are seeing the power and compassion of this generation advocating on behalf of themselves and their peers.”
13 Reasons Why season 2 premieres on Netflix on Friday, May 18.
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