“13 Reasons Why” Showrunner Says Season 2 Was Written Earlier than #MeToo


As Netflix prepares for the second season debut of 13 Reasons Why on Friday (Could 18), the present’s creator Brian Yorkey has addressed a number of the material that this new season plans to discover.

In a brand new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Brian admitted that it was considerably troublesome transitioning from the primary season’s guide foundation to this second season’s authentic plot line. “We were obviously working without the safety net of the book and really had to follow the story where it took us and find the structure and the engine and all the story threads ourselves,” he mentioned. He referred to as it “a wonderful opportunity to be free of [the book], but also it was absolutely intimidating to go from this really beautifully structured, really compelling and tightly woven 13 chapters to write another 13 chapters of our own.”

In line with Brian, the second season will proceed to handle some delicate subjects, together with bullying, psychological well being, and sexual assault. However though the #MeToo and Time’s Up actions have sparked conversations concerning sexual misconduct, Brian claimed that the brand new season was not impressed straight by these occasions.

He cited the present’s creation timeline as proof: “We wrote the story in February, March and April of 2017, so everything in those episodes was written months and months before any of those things emerged in the culture,” he mentioned. “We had our season pitch out at the end of April, so we had written all of this, and proceeded to then make the season as these things were emerging into the culture. It was remarkable to watch it happening, but nothing that we did was a response to it. It all predated it.”

Nonetheless, a number of the present’s solid members together with Katherine Langford and Kate Wash have beforehand touched on how the brand new season would be impressed by the present #MeToo local weather. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Katherine mentioned the present strives to painting present occasions in order that it “doesn’t come throughout as a PSA.” She also believed it was crucial that “folks take away the significance of issues like consent and choose up [on] little issues that I really feel are so actual.”

Kate additional delved into the present’s potential give attention to #MeToo, telling Refinery 29 that “We go off the book this year, and it kind of continues along the Bryce Walker storyline. [We deal with] sexual assault, and culpability, and responsibility and truth and relationships… I think this storyline is fantastic and really does reflect what is happening in the culture at large.”

Brian additionally touched on the dialog (and criticism) across the present and the way it dealt with subjects like mental health and suicidal ideation, and if the criticism, particularly, impacted the best way they approached season 2. The quick reply: no. “There was a tremendous amount of conversation in the culture around the show. Obviously as humans in the culture we were aware of the conversation,” Brian mentioned. “So, were we aware of the conversation? Was it something that as human beings we listened to, and took [up], both intellectually and emotionally? Absolutely. Did it guide our creative choices in season two? Not really.”

For those who or somebody you understand has been sexually assaulted, you’ll be able to search assist by calling the Nationwide Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673).

For extra assets on sexual assault, go to SafeBae, RAINN, End Rape on Campus, Know Your IX, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

For those who or somebody you understand is considering suicide, the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or Disaster Textual content Line at 741-741.

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