Warning: this article contains spoilers for 13 Reasons Why: Season 2. If you haven’t already, you can check out our Season 2 spoiler-free review right here.
At this point, there seems little doubt that Netflix will renew 13 Reasons Why for a third season. Season 1 is reportedly among Netflix’s highest-viewed programs ever, and Season 2 is poised to follow suit. And where Season 1 told a largely self-contained story, Season 2 ended on a more open-ended note, suggesting that plans are already in motion.
The question is less whether there will be a Season 3 than whether there should be. Many were surprised when the series was renewed the first time, and Season 2 didn’t necessarily justify that choice in the end (read our review here). Is there really anything left to add to the story of Hannah Baker and the impact of her tragic suicide? Can the series redeem itself after its sophomore slump? We have a few ideas for how the series can move forward from here.