Warning: This article contains references to suicide which some readers may find triggering.
Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why will be getting a second season with the same cast.
But at one point, the show could have gone in a completely different direction, one which would have seen season two take place in a different town and with an entirely different group of characters.
Yes, no Clay, no Hannah, no Tony or Zach or Jessica or Alex – we’re talking about a new cast.
Showrunner Brian Yorkey explained that he was originally interested in turning 13 Reasons Why into an anthology series.
“When we sold the show, there were two ways we thought the show could continue,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
“One way was continuing to follow these characters who really have been through tremendous trauma, all of them in some part coping with the trauma of Hannah’s death and the aftermath.
“[But] when we originally pitched it, there was another version, which was an anthology version where, in sort of True Detective mode, every year you start with a new 13 reasons.”
Yorkey said that an anthology series could have allowed him to explore “all sorts of issues”, but decided against it during filming of season one.
“I thought that was really interesting as well because I think there are all sorts of issues that could be discovered,” he shared.
“It became very apparent to me, somewhere in the middle of the season, that I wasn’t going to be done with these characters after the first season, that I would want to know more and I would want to follow them.”
The multiple-timeline storytelling will also remain for season two, but one thing that’s definitely gone are the tapes.
“The cassette tapes aren’t at the centre of [season two],” Yorkey previously said. “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.”
13 Reasons Why can be watched now on Netflix.
Suicide is preventable. Readers who are affected by the issues raised in 13 Reasons Why are encouraged to contact Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact theNational Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.
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