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13 Reasons Why Season 2 ended on a pretty big cliffhanger, begging for Season 3 to get announced posthaste. Fortunately, it doesn't appear fans will have to wait years to see what's next for Clay and the other teens of Liberty High. Netflix has officially renewed the chord-striking drama for Season 3, and has also released a promotional video revealing the show will be returning to the platform in 2019.
13 Reasons Why's Season 3 renewal comes not long after the revelation made by star Katherine Langford that she would not be returning as Hannah Baker for potential future seasons. Langford's announcement is ultimately rather inconsequential in the wake of the show's renewal, as Hannah's suicide narrative arc was wrapped up in Season 2, which Season 3 will keep chugging this story along with another hot-button controversy regarding high schools.
Netflix's announcement video seemingly doesn't hint at any plot direction for Season 3, as it slyly showed a student opening a locker with the combination 20-1-9. No secret codes there. The episode count for the upcoming season is unknown, although if the Netflix keeps with the episode pattern of the first 2 seasons, it's likely Season 3 will have 13 episodes (why).
The direction for Season 3 of 13 Reasons Why isn't entirely clear at the moment, although the Season 2 cliffhanger teased where things could be headed. Spoiler alert for those who haven't seen the entirety of Season 2: the season finale ended with Clay successfully stopping Tyler from carrying out his plan of shooting up the school dance, and managed to help Tyler escape before the police arrived. Which meant he was left standing with an automatic rifle in his hand just outside the dance as the police sirens grew louder.
13 Reasons Why Season 3 will likely deal with however that tense situation gets sorted out, and it'll also probably explore Tyler and the intense bullying that led to his violent decision. Series creator Brian Yorkey seems to have confirmed this with his statements regarding the drama's portrayal of Tyler and a particularly graphic bullying scene, both of which have struck up some controversy. The show hasn't shied away or apologized for how it handled the sensitive subject matter in either season, so we can speculate that trend will continue in Season 3.
As mentioned, 13 Reasons Why will return for Season 3 in 2019 on Netflix. For a look at how 13 Reasons Why Season 2 performed in the ratings, click here. To see some other projects the streaming service has coming down the pipeline, head on over to our Netflix premiere guide, and those looking for something to watch on television in the summer months should head on over to our summer premiere guide for the dates, times, and networks of some of the season's hottest shows.