Kate Walsh has dropped hints on what we should expect from the second season of Netflix's hit series 13 Reasons Why.
Speaking to E News, Walsh, who portrays Olivia Baker, the mother of pivotal character Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) in the series said that "It's a very exciting season for a lot of reasons," and she hinted that the second season may be less dark than the first saying that it will be a "redemptive and hope-filled story."
The first season dealt with the aftermath of the suicide of Hannah Baker, and her taped confessions on the titular 13 reasons why she killed herself. Through the tapes and flashbacks we learn about the abuse and bullying that Hannah dealt with and her apparent rape in the hands of rich-boy jock Bryce Walker (Justine Prentice). In the season finale, we are left with the cliffhanger of Hannah's parents receiving the tapes.
"You see us sort of following the trail of Bryce Walker, so this season deals with sexual assault, it deals with truth, it deals with responsibility, it deals with the aftermath of Hannah's death…And really trying to, again, look for responsibility and accountability. It's very intense and very, I think, still totally addictive," Walsh says. She also stated that Hannah Baker will still be making an appearance but "it was a very different season to season one for a lot of reasons."
A different Hannah, comeuppance for Bryce, and a redemptive hopeful story-arc sounds like it may be less disturbing and more fun to watch. Which may fix one of the major criticism of the series that its topic may take a toll on its target audience of teenagers. But still as a precaution, the upcoming second season is getting a warning from the cast:
13 Reasons Why's second season has not yet released a specific date for its premiere but is expected to be available on Netflix in the following months.