’13 Reasons Why’ is an American teen drama web television series that airs on Netflix. The show first premiered on March 31, 2017. It is based on the 2007 novel of the same name by Jay Asher. Brian Yorkey developed the show for Netflix, and the project is backed by July Moon Productions, Kicked to the Curb Productions, Anonymous Content, and Paramount Television. Joseph Incaprera is the producer, while Brian Yorkey, Diana Son, Tom McCarthy, Joy Gorman Wettels, Steve Golin, Michael Sugar, Selena Gomez, Mandy Teefey, and Kristel Laiblin are on board as the executive producers.
The series basically follows a recounting of the events that led to the suicide of a high school girl Hannah Baker, as heard on the tapes she recorded, by a boy called Clay, who was in love with her. The show stirred major controversy upon release for the depiction of the scene of the suicide and polarized viewers in both camps, who either argued in praise of the show’s realism or argued against it, stating statistical studies that suicidal people, upon seeing it depicted on screen, might be driven to the act itself. Controversies aside, the show is a very smart look at the bullying culture and petty politics in high school that might sometimes become unbearable for a person.
13 Reasons Why Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘13 Reasons Why‘ includes Dylan Minnette as Clay Jensen, Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker, Christian Navarro as Tony Padilla, Alisha Boe as Jessica Davis, Brandon Flynn as Justin Foley. There are several other students with whom Hannah’s life intersected, and who each impacted her in different ways in the days leading up to her suicide. However, there are several supporting characters as well, who help the drama unfurl, and give each character a vivid richness in their life stories.
In the upcoming season, we expect all of the core actors to return, and while Hannah died before the start of the initial season, she was continuously shown in flashbacks, almost like a specter haunting the consciousness of those at her high school. However, the upcoming season might focus a little less on her.
Minnette spoke about the possibility of Hannah’s return, saying, “There’s a whole life that Hannah had, and there’s more we can learn about her. Overall, learning more about her is more important to the entire narrative”. However, the show maker wants to give other characters the limelight, and a chance to play out their stories in the same detailed manner that Hannah got to tell hers. He said, “The loss of Hannah will continue to be the inciting traumatic event for this group of kids and parents. It will always be part of the story. But I don’t see a tremendous continued presence for Hannah because I think we needed her to finish telling everyone else’s side of her story and we needed her so that Clay could get to a point of saying, ‘I love you and I let you go’. If the story does continue, and certainly there is lots more to know about a lot of these characters, then the spotlight focus on Hannah Baker is probably done.”
Langford, for her part too, seems to have said her goodbyes to the character but also added that Hannah’s presence would continue to be felt throughout the seasons. It is true that the others will keep her alive in their memories, and thus we might see brief flashes of the girl who set the entire show in motion.