The first trailer for the second season of 13 Reasons Why debuted on Tuesday, May 8, and it continues where the emotional mystery left off in season 1.
"I thought this whole thing was going to be over," Clay (Dylan Minnette) says in the new trailer. "But it's not.”
Clay then finds a polaroid photo in his locker that reads “Hannah wasn’t the only one” on the back. Hannah (played by Katherine Langford) then appears for the first time in his mind and asks “What are you gonna do about that?”
Instead of tapes, the mystery will be plotted on polaroid photos that will help direct an investigation into not only Hannah’s death, but also the rapes of Hannah and Jessica (Alisha Boe). In the trailer, Jessica is also shown crying and running through the halls while Bryce’s locker gets spray painted with the word “RAPIST” across it.
Showrunner Brian Yorkey told Entertainment Weekly in an interview published on Saturday, May 5, that he hopes season 2 will allow the viewer to see that “Hannah was much more complicated than we knew season 1.”
“There are things that contradict her narrative of her life and the reasons she chose to die by suicide,” he continued. “There are many complications and complexities to that story, many more than we knew at the end of season 1. All that being said, she didn’t deserve to be raped, she didn’t deserve to die. So in some ways the picture is more complicated but the upshot of the story is the same.”
He added: “What I love about season 2 is that there are these different pieces to this mystery. The threads of this mystery, like who’s doing this and why and how does it relate to Hannah Baker and how does it relate to what Jessica went through, it all comes together in the later episodes in a way that I think is really satisfying and also speaks to some of the underlying themes that we’re talking about like sexual abuse and the endemic nature of sexual abuse and the way institutions sometimes wittingly or unwittingly allow it to continue. These are all tied up in this central mystery of what is on these polaroids, who is leaving them and why.”
13 Reasons Why season 2 hits Netflix on Friday, May 18.