Netflix unveiled the release date and trailer for the second season of 13 Reasons Why, the controversial drama that allegedly glorified teenage suicide.
The 13 Reasons Why second season was made official about a year ago, but Netflix has only now announced its release date, alongside a trailer that provides hints on what to expect.
'13 Reasons Why' 2nd Season Release Date
Netflix will premiere the second season of 13 Reasons Why on May 18. The release date for the return of the controversial series was launched with a trailer bearing the caption "The tapes were just the beginning."
In the first season, Hannah Baker, played by Katherine Langford, left behind 13 cassette tapes for her friend Clay Jensen, played by Dylan Minnette. The tapes provided clues and perspectives on what led her to commit suicide.
The second season will pick up a few months after the death of Hannah. Clay and the other characters in the show move toward self-healing, while Hannah's parents file a lawsuit against Liberty High School.
"A series of ominous Polaroids lead Clay and his classmates to uncover a sickening secret and a conspiracy to cover it up," Netflix said, setting the tone for 13 Reasons Why Season 2.
What We Know About '13 Reasons Why' Season 2
The second season of 13 Reasons Why will again feature 13 episodes, and according to the trailer, the cassette tapes of the first season will be replaced with polaroid pictures.
The trailer showed the series's various characters in different situations, with the polaroid pictures providing different looks at their scenes. The end of the trailer then shows Clay picking up one of the pictures with a part of Hannah's face, and at the back reads the message "The tapes were just the beginning."
One of the biggest questions with the second season of the show is whether Hannah will be back. Hannah, who served as the lone narrator in the first season, will return in the second season, but will be "a very different character." What that means, however, is still unclear, and it will likely be known only once 13 Reasons Why Season 2 launches in a couple of weeks.
Netflix Original Content Pushes Subscribers To 125 Million
The Netflix original content, including 13 Reasons Why, Stranger Things, and Orange is the New Black, helped the streaming service gain over 7 million new paying customers in the first quarter. This boosted the total number of Netflix subscribers to 125 million.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, however, wants the company to spend more on original content, even after allocating $8 billion for the purpose this year.