There may be many reasons (or 13 specifically) why Netflix’s latest series 13 Reasons Why should not come back for a second season. But that hasn’t stopped fans from wanting the story to continue. They’re not the only ones: author Jay Asher, who penned the best-selling book of the same name, would also like to see more.
“I’d just like a continuation of all those characters,” the author tells EW. “I’m curious as well. What happens to Clay? How do people react to what Alex did at the very end? What’s going to happen to Mr. Porter? I’d thought of a sequel at some point. I’d brainstormed it, but decided I wasn’t going to write it. So I’d love to see it.”
And while Hannah’s story is technically over, there are plenty of ways the show could still tackle some of the themes it delves into in its first season — especially since a few of the characters’ storylines were left open-ended.
“Things weren’t left open in the hopes of a sequel… There is no end for the characters left behind,” explains Asher of the intention behind the final episode of the season. “Every action we have is going to have repercussions in ways we could not anticipate. You realize that with not just what Hannah did, but also how other people treated Tyler throughout it. It’s the whole message of the book. Of course, there’s obviously ways to go with a second season if they do that.”
So will there be a season 2?
“I’m not allowed to say either way if there is or is not a second season,” says the author.
But he’s completely fine with the show picking up where the book left off, especially with the show already having already provided a continuation of sorts to the novel’s tale.
“There’s never going to be a sequel,” says Asher of the book, which originally saw Hannah survive. “Which is so weird, because when I’d had the original idea for the book, I’d thought about it happening over several days like it does on the TV show. Like when Clay confronts Bryce but Bryce doesn’t know about the tapes yet, I had a similar scene in mine originally. So when I realized where they were going with that relationship, to me it was just another sign they got my characters.”
“You can explore that world further in a different medium,” he continues, “and the book will still be able to be itself. I don’t think the show is affecting what the book is saying.”