I have mixed feelings about the 13 Reasons Why season two renewal

I LOVED 13 Reasons Why, I even wrote a gushing piece about it just last week, and it has now been confirmed that a season two is on the way. It’s hardly surprising – the show has been a major success for Netflix and the end of season one definitely left it open for more. But I’m torn between wanting closure and being worried it won’t be as good.

The whole conceit of 13 Reasons Why was that high school student Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) leaves 13 tapes explaining why she committed suicide. It ends with her doing that (in a brutally graphic way!) so that narrative structure is done. They would have to reformat the show or do the same again with Alex (Miles Heizer), who supposedly shot himself. But they can’t do it again – that’s a one time only concept and people would lose all respect if they tried it again.

Secondly, the first season was based on Jay Asher’s novel so the second season is going off book. Which is good in that it can go anywhere it wants but it also worries me that the story may not be as strong as there is no source material to guide it (I recently said the same about Big Little Lies).

Now for why I want it – I loved it and I want more. I enjoyed the characters and their stories and would happily see this explored further. I also want closure and some resolutions that I was hoping to get at the end. I want to see Bryce Walker (Justin Prentice) get the justice he deserves and to see the outcome of the Bakers’ lawsuit against the school. I want to know what happened to Alex and where Tyler’s (Devin Druid) storyline is going to go (the current theory is he’s gonna carry out a school shooting).

As you can see, I’m torn. Bottom line is – I just want it to be good. The first season was brilliant and I don’t want there to be a weak second season that has been rushed to cash in on the hype that just ruins its reputation (a la True Detective). I want them to take their time and give us something that is as good as, if not better, than what we’ve seen already. And that’s a huge responsibility.

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