Speaking on this subject in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Brian Yorkey had the following to say about how the character could factor into the story, and precisely how it could be different:
“Should we get a season 3, 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.”
Ultimately, the way in which we view this is like this: Hannah is a catalyst, but she doesn’t have to be the focal point. Characters can move forward and that’s very much okay. What should be the impetus at this point instead is getting a chance to see how characters try to move forward while holding those memories close. This is a show that does need to veer into some new directions, but it still does remain to be seen whether or not a new direction is needed in the first place. While there was a ton of buzz and attention surrounding the first season of 13 Reasons Why, season 2 so far has been a little more muted. Maybe there is a sentiment that the show has already told the necessary story, or maybe it’s just the climate is a little bit different given how events on the series were so similar to real-life events.
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