Say goodbye to Hannah Baker all over again.
13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford revealed that if the Netflix series returns for a third season, she won’t come back as Hannah Baker, the girl whose suicide sparked the drama of the first two seasons.
Though the Golden Globe nominee appears in the second season as Hannah in flashbacks from other characters’ perspectives, and as a ghost-like presence with Dylan Minnette‘s Clay, Langford said goodbye to her character at the end of season one.
The actress explained to EW [vague spoilers!]:
“For me, we told Hannah’s story so fully in season one. And in a way, doing that scene in episode 13, I’ve so often referred to it as it was the hardest scene because it’s the scene where I had to let her go. I think coming back this season was challenging because it was playing her but not really her. The challenge was when you tell a character’s story so fully, and then you have to come back as a version of her that’s filtered through other people’s eyes; that required a lot of trust.”
While Langford wasn’t fully playing the character this time around, she acknowledged the importance of Hannah’s return for the second season:
“I guess if I could put Hannah’s life into season one and then say it was kind of like being in purgatory for season two, and then being able to officially say goodbye to her. It definitely felt like time. For me, letting Hannah go was in season one; season two was for Clay to let her go. It was being able to assist Clay on that journey as Hannah and let Clay have his moment to let Hannah go.”
Now, Clay — and, more tragically, fans — will have no choice but to say goodbye to the beloved Baker girl.
Though Langford won’t be appearing in season three should the show return, she said Hannah’s impact would definitely still be felt:
“Even though she may not be part of another season, I think that her presence and the importance of her and her story will always matter and will always be there. To be specific in this season, the big thing to take away is in regards to the trial where her image is distorted and defiled. At the end of the day one of the really important things to take from this season in regards to Hannah is that it doesn’t matter who she was or what she did, she didn’t deserve any of what happened to her.”
Season two followed an entirely original story about Hannah’s parents suing the school district over her suicide. Her friends and classmates were put on the stand and told their versions of the events depicted in season one as well as previously untold stories.
It’s likely the teen drama will be renewed for a new season, but it’s unclear what direction it will take after it moves on from the girl who ended her life.
[Image via Netflix.]