Here’s what we know about the third instalment of the controversy-baiting show
SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers for the entirety of 13 Reasons Why.
Since its debut, Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why has inspired conversation and courted controversy. Quickly becoming the most tweeted-about Netflix show to date following its March 2017 release, the show soon attracted numerous critics, who debated how ably and sensitively the show handled its core topics of suicide and mental illness.
Despite its mixed critical reception though, the show remains one of Netflix’s hottest properties. With the second season now let loose (read the NME review here) and tacking other youth-focussed issues such as slut-shaming and rape culture, fans are already clamouring for round three. Here’s everything we know so far about 13 Reasons Why season three.
Will 13 Reasons Why have a season 3?
Yes. Netflix officially confirmed on June 6 that 13 Reasons Why will be returning for a third season. Season 3 will also be produced by Paramount TV and Anonymous Content.
Renew/Cancel TV previously reported that “multiple insiders” have informed them that season 3 has been “secretly renewed”.
The school where 13 Reasons Why is shot has reportedly agreed to have a third season filmed there. Californian newspaper Sonoma West Times & News wrote: “The West Sonoma County Union High School District board on April 11 approved a third licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures that allows the company to film scenes at the Sebastopol High School.”
Paramount President Amy Powell said that the series’ showrunner, Brian Yorkey, is “already thinking” about the shape of a possible third season. She said he was “reticent to come back” for season two “until he could crack it.” She added: “He didn’t want to commit to it blindly until he knew how to find an entry point into these characters and their stories. We’re not going to pressure him to create more seasons if he doesn’t feel they are there, but he is already starting to think about what a season three could be.”
When will Season 3 of 13 Reasons Why be released?
While a return for the show is yet to be formally confirmed, it seems likely due to its great success. Previous series have dropped in the spring (March 2017 and May 2018 respectively), so hopefully we shouldn’t have to wait much longer than a year.
How many episodes will there be?
Netflix has confirmed that Season 3 will have 13 episodes. Both season 1 and 2 clocked in at thirteen hour-long episodes.
Has filming began?
It’s not yet known whether filming has started for 13 Reasons Why season three.
Is there a trailer?
No trailer has been released yet – season two’s trailer only aired just before the series’ release.
Are any stars leaving the show?
Yes. Katherine Langford, who plays Hannah Baker, has confirmed she will not return for the show’s third season. Speaking on US TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Langford said: “Hannah is wrapped.”
However, she also left the door open for a return to the show: “I mean, the show’s alway’s going to be such a special part of my life, so if they want to bring me back as a zombie or something”. Watch the interview in full below.
What will happen in season 3?
The plot of 13 Reasons Why season three is currently unknown. The show’s second season concluded with a cliffhanger ending, which seemingly saw Clay about to be mistakenly arrested for intervening in Tyler’s plans to commit a mass shooting at Liberty High. It seems likely that a third season will kick off with the aftermath of Clay’s arrest and Tyler’s escape, as well as Bryce’s prison sentence – as season two came to a close, he was jailed for just three months for raping Jessica Davis.
Will there be any new cast members?
It’s not clear yet whether there will be any more new characters added to the show for season 3. Season 2 saw seven new characters join the cast.
Does the novel explain what might happen next?
While season one of 13 Reasons Why was based on the novel of the same name, the show is not a direct adaptation, meaning new episodes feature storylines that will not have been told elsewhere. Season two was the first example of the show’s writers expanding on the world of the novel; this seems likely to continue.