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13 Reasons Why Showrunner Offers Up New Details About Season 2 — 'Analog Technology' Twist, Hannah's Presence, & MORE!

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Hannah's story is definitely not over.

Veiled in controversy, Netflix's hit show 13 Reasons Why tells the story of a high school junior (Hannah Baker played by Katherine Langford) who commits suicide and leaves behind 13 tapes explaining why she decided to end her precious life.

Related: Is 13 Reasons The Most Controversial TV Show Ever?

While the show has seen its fair share of criticism for glamorizing suicide and mental health issues, the streaming service recently decided to renew the most tweeted about series of 2017 with 13 new episodes.

Obvi that's why showrunner Brian Yorkey sat down with EW to discuss what's in store for the high schoolers in Season 2.

First up, will Hannah appear in the highly-anticipated new episodes?

Yorkey revealed the impactful character will still be included in the tangled story:

"Oh absolutely. I think one of the things that is still hanging out there is this question of is someone responsible for Hannah's death? Is the school responsible? Who is responsible, if anyone is? One way we'll explore that question is through the trial and also through all of these kids reflecting on where they are a few months down the road and what other secrets are being uncovered. That's going to take us into the past, into Hannah's story. We're going to get some new context for events we already know about and we're going to see a lot of things we hadn't even heard about yet that fill in some really interesting gaps in our understanding of who Hannah Baker was and what her life was."

He went on to share the show will still take place on multiple timelines with voiceovers that are not Hannah AND it clearly picks up months after the first season ended.

As far as the pivotal tapes, which were literally the driving force behind season one, the showrunner confessed they're out this time around — but not without a twist:

"The tapes are still obviously on people's minds, but there is a different sort of analog technology that plays a hugely important role in season 2. So the cassette tapes aren't at the center of it — those two boxes of tapes are still hanging around and matter to people — but there will be a new piece of technology for 13-year-olds to Google and try to understand what it was."

And what about the many cliff hangers, including Bryce being a fucking disgusting rapist, Alex's gunshot (self-inflicted??) wound, and Tyler stock-piling weapons for a potential school shooting:

"All the cliffhangers that we saw at the end of season 1 go back to the initial set of traumas that we're talking about — go back to bullying, go back to Jessica's rape, to Hannah's rape. They're all related, so I would very much like to explore where they all go and to see if there is, as I think there will be, some light for these kids. We're going to continue to tell their stories really honestly. We're going to answer all of the burning questions that people have about [the show].

Is Tyler going to do something? What's going to happen to Alex? Will Bryce be brought to justice? We're going to answer those questions but I think, even more, we're going to continue to look very truthfully and very honestly at what they go through, even when it's painful at times. But I think what we're going to discover is, as they begin to emerge from this very dark time, there's hope and there is some light to be found. That's my hope anyway, and I think that that's also truthful. I think false hope is a danger, but I think that there is always some light, even in really dark times."

Oddly, this interview did not mention ANY of the backlash the show recently received. Hmm. That leaves a bad taste in our mouths. HBU?

Will you be watching when the second season hits Netflix in 2018??

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