In a stranger turn off events, twitter has moved on from raving about Eleven to Thirteen- Thirteen Reasons Why that is. Like all Netflix series seem to do, the adaptation of Jay Asher’s novel by the same name quickly rose in popularity on social media shortly after it was released on the popular streaming platform. Since Thirteen Reasons Why premiered on March 31st the show has been tweeted-about over 11 million times, making it the most tweeted about show of 2017 according to Entertainment Weekly.
For a show to gain that much traction and praise in less than one month, it would seem the option to renew 13 Reasons Why for a second season is a no-brainer for Netflix. But 13 Reasons Why is no ordinary show. Unlike Netflix’s previous endeavours which include Stranger Things, Daredevil, and Luke Cage, 13 Reasons Why doesn’t deal with the super and supernatural. 13 Reasons Why centers around Hannah Baker and the 13 tapes she leaves behind for her classmates after committing suicide.
The show deals with sexual assault, substance abuse, slut shaming and mental illness, all of which leads Hannah to take her own life. The storyline focuses on Clay as he listens to each tape and unravels the dark secrets of his fellow classmates. As far as television shows go, 13 Reasons Why is about as devastating and dark as they can get. But for most, the show is refreshing and important. With so many people left in the dark 13 Reasons Why is willing to shed light on the topic of suicide no matter how difficult that topic might be to discuss. And for that reason, many believe a second season could continue to push sensitive matters like suicide into the spotlight and keep the discussion going on social media platforms and in schools like Hannah’s.
So here are three reasons why Thirteen Reasons Why will be renewed for a second season:
Selena Gomez Hasn't Ruled It Out
What is probably one of the greatest aspects of this Netflix series is that Selena Gomez and her mother were executive producers on the project. Selena Gomez has been a part of teenager's lives for many years, with her music career and work on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place. Now she’s creating shows directed at that very audience- shows that matter immensely.
She was the first to speak out about the possibility of a season two after the success of the first season. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the beginning of April Selena explained that she wasn’t ruling out another instalment.
“We don’t know what is going to go beyond it, but we know there are so many stories that lie beneath each character,” Gomez said. “That’s why it became a series in the first place. So we’ll see.”
“We’ll see” isn’t exactly a “no", now is it?
The Second Season Is Author Approved
For many authors, adapting novels can be risky. Most screen adaptations follow the book’s storyline loosely and don’t include the author in creative decisions when adapting. Adapting a book into a television show is a lot less problematic than adapting one into a movie, however. For Jay Asher, he believed the 13 episode format was perfect for his book. It gave the producers enough time to dive into all thirteen reasons and the characters involved, with plenty of room for bonus content. Content that essentially made the show a hit in its own right.
Asher has had nothing but praise for the cast and crew of 13 Reasons Why since its debut and when it comes to talking about a sequel he is not against the idea either.
“I’d just like a continuation of all those characters,” the author told Entertainment Weekly in an interview. “I’m curious as well. What happens to Clay? How do people react to what Alex did at the very end? What’s going to happen to Mr. Porter? I’d thought of a sequel at some point. I’d brainstormed it, but decided I wasn’t going to write it. So I’d love to see it.”
He goes on to explain that the show has already expanded far beyond the source material and has shown that the writers get the characters just as much as he did when writing them. To continue on without a clear storyline in place doesn’t concern Asher either.
“Every action we have is going to have repercussions in ways we could not anticipate. You realize that with not just what Hannah did, but also how other people treated Tyler throughout it. It’s the whole message of the book. Of course, there’s obviously ways to go with a second season if they do that.”
Asher finished by saying that if there was talk of renewing the Netflix series he is not allowed to say if there is or is not a second season.
Ross Butler Leaves Riverdale For Good
News that Archie Comics character Reggie Mantle would be recasted for season 2 of Riverdale was released earlier this week, causing 13 Reasons Why fans to collectively lose their minds. Reggie was played by Ross Butler in season one. Butler, like most of the Riverdale cast, was a relatively unknown actor before the show’s premiere on the CW. He starred in a total of six episodes as Reggie.
Filming Riverdale and 13 Reasons Why took a toll on both the budding actor and Reggie’s character arc.
"The truth was we didn't get the priority of the actor at that time. We talk about Reggie, everyone talks about Reggie, and we all very much want Reggie to be one of the fundamental characters that he deserves to be according to the digests,” Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead Jones on the CW show, told CBR.
He also went on to stress the difficulty Butler must have had juggling the two shows, "[Ross is] a really talented actor that was being tugged between two shows at the same time.”
The official reason for his departure is a scheduling conflict. That plus Riverdale wants Reggie front and center as an antagonist for season two and Ross is far too busy filming something more important than a show on the CW.
While recasting is never great for any show, for 13 Reason’s Why fans it's a reason to get excited about a possible season two. Ross who also plays Zach Dempsey on the Netflix series has not yet confirmed his reason for leaving Riverdale, but it’s likely the streaming app’s breakout hit has something to do with it. Considering the two shows were filming around the same time and 13 Reasons Why played a part in Reggie's absence in the back half of Riverdale, it’s not a fair reach to say the star might be reprising his role as Liberty High’s kind but entitled jock.
So the question is: Why would Ross Butler leave a show where he was being promoted to a lead role unless his other role is just as prominent? Given that 13 Reasons Why has been tweeted about 11 million times in the past month, no show could offer a bigger role or platform right now.
At the end of the day, 13 Reasons Why has managed to grab the world’s attention and raise awareness for a topic many struggle to discuss. People feel more comfortable debating the show's messages online and in school now more than ever. While a second season might not be what is best for 13 Reasons Why, Netflix would be crazy to pass up on a show bringing in Stranger Things levels of attention.
Do you think Thirteen Reasons Why should get a second season? Let me know in the comments.