With Netflix constantly releasing new TV seasons in their entirety, the opportunities for binge watching seem endless. And the most recent show to go viral and be devoured by subscribers is the controversial teen drama 13 Reasons Why. Recounting the reasons why Hannah Baker committed suicide, audiences flew through episodes in order to solve the mystery and uncover Hannah's truth. And while the season finale provided some closure and answers, a slew of new cliffhangers were teased. A second season seemed almost inevitable, and now it seems like Netflix has taken a big step toward crafting Season 2.
Netflix has reportedly assembled a writer's room for 13 Reasons Why's sophomore season. This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter, which apparently has multiple sources close to production. Taking into account how viral 13 Reasons has become since its release, it should come to no surprise that Netflix and company are trying to cash in and produce more episodes. And step one is figuring out the story.
The signs of 13 Reasons Why's renewal have been piling up in recent weeks. News just hit that actor Ross Butler, who plays entitled jock Zach Dempsey in 13 Reasons, will not be returning to his role in The CW's Riverdale. The actor has cited scheduling conflicts as the reason to drop out, and the only other big project that Butler is involved in is Netflix's drama. Between that and the writer's room report, it seems like jut a matter of time before a press release hits the web, announcing a second season for the teen drama.
And although 13 Reasons Why is based off of one novel rather than a series, there are tons of loose ends that I'd like to be explored in a possible second season. Perhaps the most emotional is Hannah's parents' journey, as they've just gotten ahold of the recording she made before her suicide. After seeing Kate Walsh and Brian d'Arcy James weep for 13 episodes, I'm ready to see them get some answers.
Additionally, quite a few of the characters' fates are up in the air. In the final moments of the finale we learned that Alex (played by Parenthood alum Miles Heizer) apparently attempted suicide himself, shooting himself and ending up in intensive care. Meanwhile, Tyler the photographer is seen planning a school shooting, leaving the possibility that it was he who actually shot Alex. Plus, Justin is missing... so there's that.
Alas, we'll just have to wait with baited breath for Netflix to announce 13 Reasons Why's second season. And if you're in a show hole after binging it, be sure to check out our summer premiere list and plan your next binge watching experience.