I have just watched the new season of 13 Reasons Why, and I was left speechless once the last episode finished. I watched the first season and I was a little bit like ‘woah’, this was not because it was bad but because it was just powerful. This TV show addresses the difficult topics that we don’t talk about, and things that happen everyday to children, teenagers and adults. This new season went deeper into the difficult subjects and people found it difficult to watch, some parts are hard to watch but if you really found it difficult then you can always turn it off but I wanted to finish it and see what happens after you lose someone.
I have always had favourites in the show and the first was Justin, I liked his character but he was an asshole to start with but once he learnt the right and wrong then he fixed up and tried to help and sort it out. In the second season I loved him more, although I am not going to share the details because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. He was in a hole to start off with, but at the end he did the right thing and he got his own happy ending which may I add had me IN TEARS the whole time. The other character I loved was Alex because he was the person that just said what he thought and he was there for Jessica and Hannah at the start but he did lose himself, but in this season all you want to do is give him a cuddle and tell him everything is going to be okay. This season shows that they have all grown up a little more, they are taking their responsibility and all coping in different ways to Hannah’s death. This one has not got tapes but Polaroids instead, and its based around the court case between Hannah’s mother and the school; as her mother feels the school should hold responsibility for what happened. Each episode each person goes on the stand and tell the court their story and how they knew Hannah, this is amongst being questioned and handling the information about them and the story.
Within each episode people are saying there is at least one thing that is triggering or concerning, this is true but they are either flashbacks to something from season 1 so its not anything you didn’t already know happen; or there is a small mention or scene with the trigger in it. The amazing thing is that the cast, producers and all round the show created a crisis package which is a website that gives you numbers for helplines and other information, check it out here https://13reasonswhy.info/ You can say which country you are from so that you get the correct information, this beneficial for people that may be feeling ways like others in the show and these resources and help lines can be the start of making a change. The difficulty is that they are addressing the situations that we don’t always see for ourselves but they are happening CONSTANTLY in the world around us, we need to look at this and do something about it.
I think the acting is incredible in the show, each episode I was either in tears, happy or just shook, it was a roller coaster of emotions. You invest your time with the characters because you may have gone through something they experienced or feeling the same, you can relate and that is why its hard to watch. You get to see what gets left behind when suicide happens and the difficult process people all go through, this in each aspect before and after suicide. The last episode is the most difficult to watch because it is very graphic and you will witness certain parts and be speechless for the rest of the episode, you will not know how to feel and you will not know what to think. I felt everything in that episode, one moment I was smiling and the next I was a mess, once I closed Netflix down after watching the episode I was quiet for about 10 minutes and just sat there to think. I wouldn’t suggest watching it if you have already found 13 reasons why triggering. Each character has their own story which is what keeps the show going, they are part of this huge book but they have their own parts. There is the news that they are thinking of doing a season 3 and I don’t know if this is a good idea, I feel the story has come to its end because the show was based around Hannah Baker and now she is gone; what story do we have left? I would be nice to watch where they all go and if people get what they deserve, good and bad.
It makes you think about what you say and do, that is the important thing. You think about how to treat others and to not judge other because you don’t know anything that they are thinking and feeling plus what they might be going through. Be there for your friends and love them and let them know that, there is nothing wrong with love and making people know it. For all you know after telling them you love them, this could change it all for them and they get better. I know things are not as simple as that, but I want you all to know that you are worth this life and this world, you are worth all of it and you deserve this life. Look after one another and be there for them, treat yourself with love and kindness too.
I would suggest this TV show as its interesting, gripping, emotional and honest. If you find aspects that are known in this show triggering, then this is not something for you but their crisis resources may be the helpful part. This helps make people aware of what goes on in the real world, and we need to talk about it more and make a change.
If anyone else has watched it or watched just the first season, if you have your opinion then please comment! I would love to know how you guys see the show and what you make of it.