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Regardless of how you feel about the practice, binge watching has become common practice for modern TV audiences. This trend is largely due to Netflix, which releases full seasons of originally programming at once. The latest of these binge-able shows is the controversial teen drama 13 Reasons Why. The show garnered attention for its graphic depiction of suicide and sexual assault, with quite a few taking a stand against the series altogether. But Netflix unsurprisingly renewed 13 Reasons, and now we may know how the show will function now that Hannah's tapes have been heard by Clay and even given to the Bakers.
The tapes are still obviously on people's minds, but there is a different sort of analog technology that plays a hugely important role in season 2. So the cassette tapes aren't at the center of it --- those two boxes of tapes are still hanging around and matter to people --- but there will be a new piece of technology for 13-year-olds to Google and try to understand what it was.
It looks like 13 Reasons Why will be using modern technology as the show moves into its sophomore season. Well, modern...ish.
The final moments of the 13 Reasons Why renewal announcement video strongly hinted that things were going to go digital in Season 2. We saw a play button similar to a youtube video, which made it seem like Hannah's tapes (and perhaps more incriminating information) would be heading to the internet. Check it out.
Since the characters in 13 Reason Why are living in a contemporary setting, it's easy to assume that the world of clickbait and social media will play a major factor in Season 2.
But Brian Yorkey's comments are a bit puzzling; he implies the show will use a form of technology that the younger audience won't necessarily understand. This makes me think that perhaps we'll be seeing media players from days of yore, such as windows media player or early version of quicktime. Kids these days are very good with technology, so it will have to be something outdated in order to potentially confuse the 13 year olds that are devouring the series.
We don't currently have a date for 13 Reasons Why's second season, but be sure to check our summer premiere list and plan your next binge watch.