Should 13 Reasons Why Have a Season Two?

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Since the release of the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why last month, there has been a lot of talk about whether the show should continue or not. The series is based on the 2007 YA novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, written by Jay Asher. The main character, Clay Jensen, is a shy high school student who returns home from school one day to find a mysterious package at his door. Inside he finds seven double-sided cassette tapes made by Hannah Baker, a classmate who recently committed suicide. Each of those tapes contains a reason why Hannah killed herself and each episode of the series explores those reasons, with Clay trying to figure out why he’s on the tapes and what he could have done to save her.

After the final episode of season one, the show leaves the audience wondering if there will be a second season. Here are “6 Reasons Why” there should be and shouldn’t be a season two:

(Warning: spoilers are below)

Three Reasons Why There shouldn’t Be a Season 2:

  1. Hannah’s story is over

The audience has learned all about Hannah’s past and why she did what she did. She takes us on her journey by forcing us to listen to her tapes and learn about all the other characters who were involved. Since the series was based on Hannah’s reasons for killing herself, there is no need for the show to continue. While some fans may want to learn about the other characters, there wouldn’t be enough information to continue their stories.

  1. We do get closure

You may still have questions about how the series ends, but you know all the important questions were answered. You know that Clay will be okay, the tapes are going to come out, and justice is going to be served for Hannah. Sheri finally called the police on herself for what she did. Hannah’s parents now have the answers they’ve been searching for. And although the season did end with a few cliffhangers, we get the answers we really wanted.

  1. Another season will not give us a happy ending

The series was already hard to watch, with the writers not shying away from showing the grim realities of suicide and sexual assault, and season two would probably be even darker. During the last episode we find out Alex shot himself in the head (which might result in another suicide at Liberty High) and we see Tyler hiding a massive gun collection in his room. Is Alex going to die? Will Tyler be responsible for a school shooting?

3 Reasons Why There Should Be a Season 2:

  1. There are cliffhangers

Although Jay Asher never gave us a sequel to 13 Reasons Why, the series leaves the audience with a lot of questions. What will happen to Bryce? Is Clay actually going to be okay? Did Alex really shoot himself? These are some pretty big unanswered questions that could lead to a great second season. We’d learn more about Clay and how he moves on after hearing the tapes, and while Hannah’s story may be over, there are other characters who have become important to the show.

  1. It could be more than just a legal battle

Yes, people want to know what happens with Hannah’s parents in court and if Bryce goes to jail for what he did, but the second season doesn’t only have to be about that. The writers could flash forward and show us a few years later. We could see where the characters are now and maybe get a more mature reflection on Hannah’s story…

  1. Jay Asher isn’t opposed to a second season

Asher is completely fine with there being a season two of 13 Reasons Why, according to Entertainment magazine. He talked about how there is never going to be a sequel, although he did write an alternative ending with Hannah surviving. But, he does think the show can explore the story more without changing what the book is saying.