13 Reasons Why showrunner on why Hannah appears in season 2
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Spoiler alert: This post contains plot from season 2 of 13 Reasons Why.
When Netflix announced that 13 Reasons Why would get a second season, the obvious question was how Hannah Baker, who died in the season 1 finale, would stick around. And now, with the release of season 2, fans have an answer: Not only is Hannah Baker in flashbacks, but she’s also in present day. Call her a ghost, call her a figment of Clay’s imagination, but she’s there, and only Clay can talk to her.
“We were making a bold choice in having Hannah appear in scenes with Clay in the present day,” showrunner Brian Yorkey tells EW. “I don’t necessarily like to put a word on it — some people believe in ghosts, some people think maybe Clay is cracking up. But where it came from is my mom died a few years ago and we were very close — I was very much a mama’s boy — and I have conversations with her still to this day. I don’t think she’s necessarily here in the room with me, but I also don’t think that she’s not.
“We were interested in Clay’s grieving process and his state of mind as a pretty typical American young man,” Yorkey continues. “One of our big themes was recovery and healing and finding ways to move on with your life and we wanted to see Clay get to a point where he could say, ‘I love you Hannah, but I’m letting you go.’ We wanted to see what that process looked like and that led us to giving him the ability to have conversations with her to express his grief but also his anger at her for what she did and really be able to work through that.”
13 Reasons Why season 2 is currently streaming on Netflix.