13 Reasons Why, Season 2 Might Be Delayed Because of New Concerns
The 13 Reasons Why cast and crew finished filming Season 2 of the hit Netflix show back in December, but we still haven’t gotten any confirmed information about when new episodes will air. We can only hope that the latest eps are coming within the next few months, but this might not be the case if The Parents Television Council (PTC) has a say in the matter.
The conservative group is calling for the second season of 13RW to be delayed until “experts in the scientific community have determined it to be safe for consumption by an audience that is comprised heavily of minor children.”
The Netflix original faced tons of backlash from after it first premiered lash March, with people saying it was too graphic and glorified suicide and mental illness. Everyone involved with the small-screen adaptation of Jay Asher‘s beloved novel into the second season with this on their minds, and while they vowed to “continue the discussion from Season 1,” they’re also taking steps to ensure everyone is comfortable and safe watching.
Before every episode of Season 2, a series of custom pre-roll warning videos featuring cast members Katherine Langford, Dylan Minnette, Justin Prentice and Alisha Boe will play with an alert about the topics viewers are about to watch.
The warning also directs viewers to 13reasonswhy.info, which is a new hub for additional resources, including a crisis hotline. In addition to the site, warning videos will also be added to every Season 1 episode on Netflix.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, these changes were in response to a global research study the show commissioned with a major university to learn more about how the show has affected teens and parents. After talking to 5,000 teens and parents in five countries, the study found that teens related to the characters and felt the series was an authentic depiction of high school life. The participants also said that the show opened their eyes to how people their age may be affected by depression.
The Parents Television Council commended Netflix’s decision to add the warning, but also said that it’s just further proof a big change needs to happen before the new episodes hit the air.
“The impact of season one of 13 Reasons Why, which culminated with a graphic suicide scene of a high school-aged character, was powerful and intense: millions of children watched; the Google search term for how to commit suicide spiked 26 percent; and there were news reports of children literally taking their own lives after the series was released,” said PTC president Tim Winter. “We may never know the full extent of how grave the influence was, but we do know it was enough for Netflix to commission a research report on how the show has impacted the lives of its viewers — especially young viewers — in positive ways.”
It is not known if PTCs’ concerns are actually going to delay 13RW, Season 2 or not, but it’s definitely a possibility.