The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why” has received a lot of heat for its controversial methods of raising awareness of suicide. The show was recently renewed for a second season, which raised questions on whether another season would take away from the serious message that it is trying to get across.
“13 Reasons Why” follows the events leading up to the suicide of teenager Hannah Baker, and the effect this decision had in her community. Before committing suicide, Baker made a series of tapes describing the 13 things that lead to her death. As the people described on the tapes find out their role in Hannah’s decision, they all react in vastly different ways.
The show was masterfully created, and I enjoyed watching it. However, despite the entertainment provided in this series, in terms of what “13 Reasons Why” accomplished, the series should not be continued.
Dylan Minnette starring as Clay Jensen in "13 Reasons Why"
The first season had a very systematic approach. Each 45 minute episode revolved around one of the main characters and their backstory along with how they were involved in Hannah’s decision to end her life, drawing you in and making you want to learn more about Baker’s peers that somehow played a role in her eventual demise.
The series’ format of using each episode to explore a new topic was one of the things that made the first season so unique. Each chapter introduced a new theme, which renewed your interest in the show as it progressed.
However, by the end of the first season, the viewer already knows the events that led to Hannah’s fate. While yes, there are always more sides to a story, in this case with Hannah being the center of the series, they are going to have to add a plot that will stray from what the first season focused upon. Creating more story has the ability to make the second season too different or repetitive compared to the first, reducing the attachment people have to the show.