I want to start off by saying, I think shows like Thirteen Reasons Why are important. I remember the feeling I had when I walked away from watching the first season. The Netflix show adapted from Jay Asher‘s novel brought a harsh reality to screen about teens dealing with very serious issues. The second season of the show has been out for a few weeks now, and it took me just that long to finish it, except this time, I’m struggling with my overall feelings on the direction in which the show has moved.
[**WARNING: SPOILERS FOR THIRTEEN REASONS WHY SEASON 2 BELOW!]
People need to know the whole story. Season 2 is now streaming, only on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/eINmDG3Nyt
— 13 Reasons Why (@13ReasonsWhy) May 26, 2018
I love how this show talks about difficult issues. They put it out there, right in your face, and I suppose the overall purpose is to entertain, and possibly help people who are suffering with the same issues to deal with them. This season tackled a few different issues, including sexual assault, gun violence, and of course, suicide. The students at Liberty High School focus on Hannah Baker’s trial and attempt to resume their normal lives, but things don’t go quite as planned.
In the first season, the show focused very much on Hannah and Clay. Just like the book, we mostly alternated between those two perspectives. I think that’s one of the things I missed most about this season. Even though we had a version of “ghost Hannah” or Clay suffering from psychosis (it depends where you land on the argument), it wasn’t the same feeling. Besides that, each episode took on a new perspective.
I have contemplated how to feel about what transpires at the end of the season and have turned to social media to see what others are saying. Many fans are bothered by the brutal nature of certain scenes that take place. These are the top ten tweets on Twitter regarding the show right now:
you know what portrayed teen sexual assault & depression WELL & didn’t trigger their target audience for shock factor? perks of being a wallflower.
you know what did the exact opposite of that? thirteen reasons why.
— mina paige (@mina_paige) May 20, 2018
Y'all want to bitch about #ThirteenReasonsWhy being too graphic.. But they've already stated they want it to be hard to watch. They want you to know it's not an easy thing that these kids go through EVERY DAY.
— ✨brittanybitch✨ (@shesabarbiee) May 20, 2018
— ᜃᜋᜒᜎᜒ (@itsmekamiil) May 20, 2018
JUSTIN PRENTICE IS NOT BRYCE WALKER.
TIMOTHY GRANADEROS IS NOT MONTY DE LA CRUZ.
DON’T HATE THE ACTOR, HATE THE CHARACTER.
Justin and Timothy would NEVER do the things that they had to do in Thirteen reasons why. Don’t mistake them for bad people just because the characters are
— hanna (@Hannawilliams08) May 21, 2018
if you watched thirteen reasons why and hear the song, “the night we met” & don’t tear up a little bit….
YOU ARE HEARTLESS
— Jordan Shull (@Jordan_Hailey3) May 24, 2018
The trigger scene in S2Ep13 of #ThirteenReasonsWhy really raises awareness for men who also experience sexual assault, and it was meant to be uncomfortable to watch. People say it was unnecessary but the whole purpose for the show is to start a conversation for these issues.
— L (@Lahvibes) May 21, 2018
All I’m saying is the bathroom scene with Tyler in #ThirteenReasonsWhy is so unexpected and tbh unnecessary, would’ve had the exact same effect if the mop wasn’t used and was honestly so disturbing
— libbi (@libbitmb) May 20, 2018
#ThirteenReasonsWhy ironic how no one commented on the girl rape scenes but when they show a boy getting raped everyone labels it as ‘unnecessary and disturbing’. It happens to both genders and we need to break the stigma around male assault !
— lottie (@lottie_collin) May 23, 2018
I am NOT easily triggered, but the #thirteenreasonswhy broom rape scene with Tyler was absolutely disgusting. Unnecessary shock factor. The blood on the broom. Distasteful handling of the portrayal.
— Els (@EllenaTamsons) May 22, 2018
Man….Thirteen Reasons Why Season 2 really messed me up
— Kim Cruz (@kimcrooz) May 24, 2018
As you can see, the opinion varies. I think that’s where I’m at, too. There were certain scenes where I felt it was appropriate to reach that level of intensity and others that made me feel like they went too far. All in all, I think the show is a good one to keep around. I’ll be interested to see if it gets renewed for a third season.
Thirteen Reasons Why Seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on Netflix.