Netflix’s adolescent drama 13 Reasons Why has courted controversy since its inception, but that hasn’t stopped audiences out of seeing and rooting for Hannah, Clay, and their fellow students at Liberty High.
According to Jay Asher’s book of the same name, the first season initially followed Clay, an absurdly large schooler who receives a record of cassette cassettes from his former crush, Hannah, who died a suicide. Through a series of flashbacks, we meet Hannah and are introduced into other high schoolers whom she names and shames as contributing to her profound and fatal depression.
The following seasons expanded their attention, with episodes devoted to the growing cast of high school pupils, including Hannah’s rapist, Bryce, whose refusal has been the most important focus of series three.
The show has been previously criticized for including picture onscreen portrayals of both suicide and rape, including a brutal scene in which a male character is sodomized with a broom handle.
Season four, which premiered on Netflix a week, has also not been without controversy, drawing passion for (spoiler alert) the traumatic death of a fan favorite from HIV/AIDs. That has not prevented fans from speculating about a potential fifth season — despite assurances from Netflix that the series has formally ended.
Continue reading for everything you want to understand about 13 Reasons Why season five.
Will 13 Reasons Why wait for season five?
Unfortunately, Netflix has verified that 13 Reasons Why will not be coming next year, with the fourth season being Liberty High’s last.
The streamer explained in a statement that it was purely a creative choice to end the series after series four, which will”feature the heart cast’s graduation from High School” and therefore, “a natural conclusion to the show.”
Netflix also published a teaser clip for season four, showing the 13 Reasons Why throw emotionally complete their final read-through.
The video includes Alisha Boe, who plays Jessica Davis, tearfully saying, “that I won’t ever forget this adventure for the rest of my life, so thank you.”
In May, showrunner Brian Yorkey told Entertainment Weekly that he decided to end 13 Reasons Why while filming period two, believing that ending about the pupils’ graduation”felt just like the logical ending point.”
“When it became apparent that we might have the opportunity to make more seasons of this, I fairly quickly go to a location where it felt like a four-season narrative,” he explained.
“I’m always a little bit suspicious of high school shows that go beyond four seasons since high school is four years long.”
“It felt just like bringing these characters to their graduation and to scattering to their following things felt just like the logical ending point,” he further added.
“So for quite a while, the thought was, should we be so blessed to have the chance, we would do four seasons of the. So going into the breaking narrative, for now, four, we knew it was the end.”
The fourth-year landed on Netflix on Friday, 5th June, with enthusiasts treated to some lengthier 13 Reasons Why season 4 finale than normal.
“I am incredibly proud of our finale episode. I believe it’s unique, and it’s also supersized,” Brian Yorkey informed EW.
“It is a supersized finale, so even if individuals aren’t super pleased with the end, at least they can not say we were stingy,” he added.