The tapes were just the beginning because 13 Reasons Why season 2 arrives on Netflix this summer. The streaming service has released the first teaser trailer for the second season of the controversial hit series, which has revealed the May 18 premiere date. The teaser itself doesn't reveal much in the way of actual footage, but it gives a sense of the vibe for this season, which is quite creepy and mysterious. The whole thing is set to the tune of Depeche Mode's I Feel You, which adds to the tone.
13 Reasons Why Season 2 picks up in the aftermath of Hannah's death and the start of our characters' complicated journeys toward healing and recovery. Liberty High prepares to go on trial, but someone will stop at nothing to keep the truth surrounding Hannah's death concealed. A series of ominous polaroids lead Clay and his classmates to uncover a sickening secret and a conspiracy to cover it up. The teaser trailer leans heavily on the idea of these polaroids. Paramount Televisions produces the series for Netflix, with a production team that includes Selena Gomez, Mandy Teefey, Kristel Laiblin, Joy Gorman Wettels, Michael Sugar and Steve Golin.
Netflix released season 1 of 13 Reasons Why, which is based on Jay Asher's book of the same name, in March of 2017 and it quickly became a major it. The first season centers around the death a high-school girl, Hannah (Katherine Langford) who left behind a series of 13 cassette tapes for her friend and crush Clay (Dylan Minnette) explaining what led her decision to take her own life. While the show has been majorly successful so far and has been met with praise from fans and critics, it was also met with a great deal of controversy. Many mental health professionals and viewers took issue with the graphic depiction of issues such as suicide, rape and mature content.
In the wake of the controversy, Netflix expanded upon its content ratings and gave 13 Reasons Why a TV-MA rating moving forward. They also have included links to suicide-prevention resources in the documentary that accompanies the series. In preparation for the launch of the show's second season, the streaming service has also provided an updated discussion duide and a new discussion deries, which is a set of videos where cast addresses issues in the series including bullying, sexual assault and drug abuse. These can be found at 13ReasonsWhy.info.
Despite the controversy, the series did manage to stimulate conversation around some very serious and troubling topics. Each episode of Season 2 will come with a new video, providing a warning and pointing those who may need help to resources that can assist them. The series also stars Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Miles Heizer, Brian d'Arcy James, and Kate Walsh. Be sure to check out the teaser trailer for 13 Reasons Why season 2, courtesy of Netflix, for yourself below.