For those who haven’t delved into the controversial series, let me give you an insight into season one.
13 Reasons Why is based on the best-selling novel by Jay Asher, and the series follows teenager Clay Jensen in his quest to uncover why his classmate and crush Hannah Baker suicided.
Australian actor Katherine Langford plays Hannah, a teenage girl who loses the ability to cope with the ongoing struggles of high school, boys, friends and sex.
Hannah leaves behind 13 tapes detailing her painful and heartbreaking journey.
This is not a show for the faint hearted and, when it comes to season two, I would warn parents with teenage children to watch it with them or not let them watch it at all.
Spoilers and a trigger warning relating to sexual assault ahead:
The second season has a grim start, when Clay receives a series of polaroid photos with the chilling message, Hannah wasn’t the only one, referring to when the character was raped in season one.
Hannah’s parents have the tapes and know what their daughter has endured as well as the help she was denied by the school.
With that knowledge, they sue the school district for its responsibility in Hannah’s death, providing the driving framework for the season.
The trial creates an opportunity for the students who are called to testify to share their versions of events, providing new perspectives on what happened in the first season.
The last couple of episodes are extremely confronting.
I had heard about them being tough to watch before I started them and prepared myself accordingly. I am talking no volume and hands over my eyes.
Still I found the scenes dealing with sexual assault to be graphic and emotional, and I cannot stress enough people should carefully consider whether they proceed with watching.
Season two finishes in dramatic fashion and we can only assume there will be a season three.
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