• Michelle Hebert

Netflix announces '13 Reasons Why' season two release date

On Monday, April 30, 2018, Netflix announced that on May 18, 2018, season two of “13 Reasons Why” will be available on the streaming website. The release also included a video preview of the next season. Season one of the show focused on the cassette tapes Hannah Baker left behind after she died, and season two will have an angle that involves Polaroid photos that reveal different characters' truths.

“Season 2 picks up in the aftermath of Hannah’s death and the start of our characters’ complicated journeys toward healing and recovery. Liberty High prepares to go on trial, but someone will stop at nothing to keep the truth surrounding Hannah’s death concealed. A series of ominous Polaroid’s lead Clay and his classmates to uncover a sickening secret and a conspiracy to cover it up,” according to Netflix.

Season two will reveal what happens in the court case, will follow Jessica’s recovery, and will show Hannah’s parent’s struggle with everything that happened in season one, People magazine reports.

When the show was first released, it received a lot of criticism because of the graphic content, and some said it glorified mental health issues. In response to all of the backlash, Netflix is doing things to be safe: the second season will incorporate tools based on findings of a study done by Northwestern University’s Center on Media and Human Development, a video will be played before the new season that will warn viewers of the heavy content, and a discussion guide was established on the shows website.

Nic Sheff, one of the writers of the show, defended the graphic scenes in an interview with Vanity Fair: “Facing these issues head-on — talking about them, being open about them — will always be our best defense against losing another life. I’m proud to be a part of a television series that is forcing us to have these conversations, because silence really does equal death.”

According to the study done by the university’s center, three quarters of teens who watched the show reconsidered how they treat other people after watching the show.