Netflix's controversial break-out hit 13 Reasons Why (2017) has been on hiatus for more than a year now, but fans of the show were sent into a spin recently with news that it would be returning to our screens in a matter of days. Streaming giant Netflix dropped their announcement trailer for the original series on Tuesday, featuring not only a fantastically artistic first-look, but also the premiere date of the second season - May 18. First released in March 2017, season one followed protagonist Clay Jensen as he worked to unravel the circumstances that led to the tragic death of his classmate, co-worker and love interest Hannah Baker. After receiving a package of tapes detailing dark secrets of those in their town, Clay takes things into his own hands to try and enact change. Originally based on the book by Jay Asher, series two will seemingly pick up after the events covered in the novel, thus continuing the story past its source material.
The video begins with the tapes that made the first series so infamous, as a series of Polaroid pictures float around the main characters. In it we see Tony and Ryan in the former's Ferrari, with photos around them revealing the car with a smashed window and Tony with bruising on his face. It then jumps to Jessica smiling in front of her phone, as her pictures show the word 'liar' scrawled on a window, tears spilling down her face, and a note reading 'keep your f***ing mouth shut'. Mr Porter is seen at his desk as photo of Hannah in his office flashes past, as well as one that shows the phrase 'Know your place' in red, and another with a smashed computer. Bryce comes next and is seen pouring alcohol poolside with a young girl, with his photos hinting at a party and a woman being passed out. Hannah's mother also features, trying her best to link together the strands leading to her daughter's death. Her Polaroids show signs that have been defaced, as well as one of her listening to headphones. Finally, we see Clay, dressed in a suit and tie with a summons to appear in court lying on his bed. Among his photos we see the words 'You talk you pay' scribbled out, before the video finished on a half-face picture of Hannah and the tag line 'The tapes were just the beginning'.
13 Reasons Why (2017) received almost as much backlash as it did praise for its first season, following a choice to show Hannah Baker's suicide scene in graphic detail. It drew heavy criticism from mental health experts for allowing the depiction and failing to provide suitable support links following episodes. In addition, many worried that it would spur on similar suicides for vulnerable people watching. Since then, Netflix has commissioned a study of teens and parents regarding how the show affected them and have taken steps to provide more information. A video featuring the main cast informing people of the show's themes and the helplines available to them was released, with more videos and resources also compiled at the companion site 13reasonswhy.info. New warnings are also reportedly set to be introduced before the episodes of the latest season. You can check out the new clip below.
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