NOTE: This article contains graphic language that some readers may find offensive. It also contains spoilers for Season 2 of ’13 Reasons Why.’ Please read at your own discretion.
Netflix has announced that 13 Reasons Why is returning for Season 3.
The 13 new episodes are set to premiere in 2019, with production on the new season resuming later this year.
Brian Yorkey will be returning as the series’ creator and showrunner.
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Season 2 was released last month and it continued the story of the late Hannah Baker, played by Katherine Langford, and the impact of her death on those around her.
Langford’s character will not be returning to Season 3, Yorkey previously said.
“Should we get a Season 3, the loss of Hannah will continue to be the inciting traumatic event for this group of kids and parents. It will always be part of the story,” Yorkey shared.
He added: “But I don’t see a tremendous continued presence for Hannah because I think we needed her to finish telling everyone else’s side of her story and we needed her so that Clay could get to a point of saying, ‘I love you and I let you go.’ If the story does continue, and certainly there is lots more to know about a lot of these characters, then the spotlight focus on Hannah Baker is probably done.”
The announcement of Season 3 comes after Netflix was urged to axe the drama series over a controversial scene from Season 2.
An American parental council called for the streaming service to cancel the popular teenage drama after a young man was shown being violently raped in a Season 2 episode.
In the final episode of Season 2, character Tyler (Devin Druid) is raped by a school bully with a mop handle after being viciously beaten in the bathroom. It’s then implied that he contemplates a school shooting massacre as revenge.
Based on the events of that finale (in addition to other themes), the American censorship advocacy group Parents Television Council wanted the show removed from Netflix, saying it’s a real danger to present morbid, dangerous ideas to teenagers.
Some people began questioning why there would be another season of the Netflix series.
Fans of the show shared their excitement for Season 3 once the renewal was announced.
Yorkey, Joy Gorman, Mandy Teefey, Kristel Laiblin, Tom McCarthy, Steve Golin and Selena Gomez are returning as executive producers of the series.
The new season will be produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content for Netflix.
Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why is now streaming on Netflix.
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The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) all offer ways for getting help if you or someone you know is suffering from mental health issues.
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— With files from Chris Jancelewicz