A popular Netflix series that prompted warnings from Minnesota high schools will get a second season.
Netflix announced Sunday that the critically acclaimed and controversial show 13 Reasons Why has been picked up for Season 2. That means 13 more episodes dealing with the lasting effects of Hannah Baker's suicide.
The second season "picks up in the aftermath of Hannah Baker's death and the start of the characters' complicated journeys toward healing and recovery," Netflix said in a statement to RollingStone.
If you haven't binged the show yet, it's based on the young adult novel by the same name, and revolves around Hannah Baker – a high school girl who, before her suicide, recorded a series of cassette tapes explaining the reasons why she killed herself. The show follows another teenager, Clay Jensen, as he listens to the tapes and tries to uncover why Baker, his crush, decided to end her life.
The show debuted March 31, and has been a huge success for the streaming service. Although Netflix doesn’t release ratings, the series has become the most tweeted about show so far this year, Variety says.
But it's also been the focal point of a lot of discussion and controversy, with some critics saying the show glamorizes teen suicide.
Last month, the Anoka-Hennepin School District sent a lengthy letter to parents addressing its concerns about the series, saying in part: “While the show is compelling and dramatic, the concern many of us that work with children share is that it does not accurately model what we would want or hope individuals to do if they are struggling or are in crisis."
Although 13 Reasons Why came with content warnings, a TV-MA rating, and links to suicide-prevention resources in the documentary following the series, concerns about the show prompted Netflix to add even more viewer warnings about the graphic images of suicide and sexual violence that could be triggering for some people.
The new season is set to debut sometime next year.