The news that the controversial (but necessary) Netflix drama would be getting a second season came as a bit of a surprise, since the first season ends basically around the same point of Jay Asher's YA novel — although there are many, many differences between the two — and also with Hannah Baker taking her life. Of all the shows out there, it certainly seemed like it would lend itself well to a limited series situation. But then the explosion of 13 Reasons Why popularity took over, and it was obvious the powers that be wanted to continue on with the story. Now, with season two still in the midst of filming, it looks like a third season is already being discussed.
During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Television head Amy Powell was asked if the studio's property would be open to creating a third season. "It's up to [showrunner] Brian [Yorkey]," she said. "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."
With season two still a ways off from dropping on Netflix — the streaming giant has only confirmed it will consist of another 13 episodes and debut sometime in 2018 — it's hard to guess what season three would even consist of. The second season will apparently pick up a few months after the first season ends, with the characters still struggling in the aftermath of Hannah's death and the subsequent lawsuit her parents launch against the high school. According to Netflix's official statement, the season will revolve around themes of "healing and recovery." Powell went on to note that Yorkey approached the idea of season two with a bit of trepidation, which makes it seem like they really worked to ensure the story is the best it can possibly be.
"Brian Yorkey was reticent to come back for a second season until he could crack it," she explained. "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 won't show another suicide. There's new storytelling that is as provocative and unexpected."