13 reasons why ’13 Reasons Why’ shouldn’t have a second season

10. Both obvious loose ends are too dark. (Again, this isn’t a court drama.) Nobody needs to watch Bryce try to worm his way out of this. They’ve gone through enough. By the end of season 1, we had two suicide attempts, another high schooler talk about contemplating suicide (while in possession of a gun), and another buy a gun in an alley. For example, Jessica ends the season telling her father what happened. Of course, the book ends with the finale of the first season, but many shows have outgrown their original source material. Hannah’s last wish has been fulfilled, and thanks to Clay Jensen, she probably got more closure than   she had hoped for (cough, tape 14). Justin left. Warning: Spoilers ahead for the first season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. And more specifically…
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2. 8. Not only would showing hours and hours of Bryce using his myriad resources to avoid punishment take away from Hannah’s closure, but it would cause more pain for Jessica (and any other victims we might not know about). There was enough closure for Clay and Tony. Bryce confessed. Don’t drag out the legal battles that might ensue. He was a supporting player whose scenes were   a balm   for the show’s open wounds, a lighthearted player   in all the darkness before becoming a part of it. We don’t need more Courtney or Marcus or Bryce. Hannah’s story is over. 12. 13 Reasons Why‘s debut season is a riveting, heartbreaking story of one teenager’s tragic high school experience and everyone who played a part in it. 7. If you do another season, you pretty much erase her point — you take away the idea that there is something to be learned from her death and her death specifically … unless the focus of season 2 is happiness and a school without bullying. Enough said. The first season hit Netflix on March 31 and quickly garnered a following, which leads   to the inevitable question: Will there be a season 2? Show Full Article 5. That’s yet another dark story we don’t want to or have to see, as compelling as it may be. We think yes, and here’s why:
1. We’ve heard all the tapes, and they were always the focus of the show. Plus, do we need to remind you that he left town with a gun in his bag and a bottle of alcohol in his hand? If they do another project together, we’ll be first in line to see it. Like reason 1, this drama is about Hannah’s message ringing true and honest. All in all, if the show were to stick with these same teens and their secrets, viewers will compare it to season 1, and even if it follows a completely new format with a completely new mystery,   there’s a good chance it will all feel like an echo of what we’ve seen already. We do need more Jeff, but there wouldn’t be any. Did we really need entire episodes on Ryan, Zach, and Marcus? The same goes for some of the series’ other characters…

4. Seriously, how much is this one high school supposed to take? That’s more compelling than seeing their subsequent arcs played out. But if that’s the case, where’s the drama? If there’s a season 2, that’d be   two more characters going down dark, terrible paths — paths that could change this show into a crime thriller or a whodunnit, which was never what made the show or its source material special. At what point is there too much? And even when it doesn’t have anything to do with suicide, some characters’ arcs are better left alone; that way, the audience fills in the blanks. We’d miss him in season 2, along with Hannah, of course, which brings us to our final reason…
13. Porter is over and done. As great as the first season was, is there an argument to be made for letting the story end there? The important thing for her parents was always to get answers, to understand their daughter’s decision, and now that they have the tapes, they’ll get what they need. It makes sense that 13 reasons = 13 episodes, but so many of these stories could have been condensed to fix the sluggish pacing around the middle of season 1. Unlike many characters, Clay and Tony seemed to be the two who really learned from this experience, who want to do better. Things are bleak enough as is. It would be too much and rings false, which leads us to our next reason…
3. Leave them with that optimism; in a way, that’s the best way to underline the point of the show. And for the viewer, it’s perhaps more interesting to think about what may happen, given the way real-world instances of high-school jock culture play out. Based on Jay Asher’s successful book of the same name, 13 Reasons Why tells the story of Hannah Baker, who committed suicide in her junior year … but only after recording 13 tapes explaining her decision. It’s better to leave him with an ambiguous ending; it drives the point home better, and makes you wonder what you would do in the situation. Either we lose that character in the second season or we follow him on a separate journey that distracts again from what’s happening with the rest of the kids. 6. But perhaps the question in this case is: Should there be a second season? All that said, we do have one and only one reason for a season 2:   The adorable, crazy talented cast. It would start to feel too repetitive. Some secondary characters already felt like a stretch — and earned way too much screen time. 9. The show leaves us with some unsolved mysteries,   the biggest of which are Alex’s apparent suicide attempt and Tyler’s mysterious mission. Do you really want to see that guy again? Most of all,   it would diminish Hannah’s story. There’s no need for a followup on her parents and no need to see what becomes of the lawsuit — this isn’t a court drama. More darkness would   start to feel unrealistic. We don’t see what happens next, but we already understand the emotional weight and importance of the conversation.