The Netflix original, 13 Reasons Why, absolutely changed the game when it came out last year. The show quickly developed millions of fans but also received some criticism for its handling of issues like suicide. Now, 13 Reasons Why season 2 is finally here.
With Selena Gomez returning to serve as an executive producer, season 2 will bring with it another 13 episodes and seemingly a whole lot of new tapes.
If you’ve been curious about the show and were somehow considering jumping straight in at season two, listen to us when we say “don’t”. Seriously, there is way too much to learn in season one first, go check that out then come back.
Season two picks up in the aftermath of Hannah’s death and the start of our favourite 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 polaroids lead Clay and his classmates to uncover a sickening secret and a conspiracy to cover it up. Like the trailer says’s Hannah wasn’t the only one.
The season will also follow Jessica Davis as she continues to deal with the aftermath of her sexual assault. Also expect some sort of conflict between the school guidance counsellor, Mr Porter and rapist Bryce Walker.
Though Hannah died in season one, she will still be very much a part of the upcoming run and will likely appear in flashbacks again.
Well, this is where things start to get a little worrying. While we’re sure fans of season one will still stay loyal to the show, the first batch of reviews are not exactly glowing.
“The lead is now a ghost (of plot devices past), and though it still tackles big issues, the structure of this high-school teen drama has crumbled.” – Sam Wollaston for The Guardian’s two star review of season two.
Ok, you don’t believe “The Guardian”, The Hollywood Reporter’s review was even less kind.
“The second season of Netflix’s teen suicide drama is a frustratingly unnecessary mess of bad courtroom antics, stale mysteries and clumsy efforts to bring back Katherine Langford.”
IGN was more kind, calling the season a “sophomore slump” but still giving it a 6.7 out of 10.
“13 Reasons Why: Season 2 delivers compelling drama but fails to live up to the standard of the original.”
In terms of criticism of serious issues shown graphically in season one, episodes now come with a public service announcement delivered by the actors. A trigger warning, if you will.
Netflix has also created 13ReasonsWhy.info, a place where viewers can get help and support and see the cast address various serious issues from the show.
Please do check it out if you’re upset by anything you see on screen this season.
Netflix South Africa has officially confirmed that season two is now streaming here in Mzansi. Just log into your Netflix account from any of your devices, sit back and get ready to binge (or not) all 13 episodes.
Thank goodness they release seasons on a Friday where we all have the weekend to watch. How else would we get any work done?
We thought it would be a crime to not mention the fact that the soundtrack for this season is also officially live. Featuring another single from Selena as well as songs From One Republic, Logic, Khalid and YUNGBLUD.
Some of the songs are seriously impressive and definitely deserve a listen. You can stream them all on Spotify, Apple Music or even YouTube.