The trailer shows the students “connected by their secrets”, before standing in a group at Bryce Walker’s funeral. The question is then asked: “Who killed Bryce Walker?”
Here’s an official synopsis:
Eight months after preventing Tyler from committing an unthinkable act at Spring Fling, Clay, Tony, Jessica, Alex, Justin, and Zach find ways to shoulder the burden of the cover-up together while helping Tyler move toward recovery. But when the aftermath of a tumultuous Homecoming game culminates in the disappearance of a football player, and Clay finds himself under police scrutiny, it’s up to a shrewd outsider to steer the group through an investigation that threatens to lay bare everyone’s deepest secrets. The stakes are raised in this riveting third season of 13 Reasons Why, as the consequences of even the most well-intended actions can alter a life forever.
Furthermore, “13 Reasons Why” has been renewed for Season 4 at Netflix, which will also be the show’s final season, Variety has learned.
They report that season 4 is currently in production and will feature the core cast’s graduation from Liberty High. In addition, Season 3 of the controversial series will debut on Aug. 23 and will consist of 13 episodes.
The Netflix show, which was released in March 2017, centred on 17-year-old Hannah Baker (played by Katherine Langford), who takes her own life, but leaves behind 13 cassette tapes explaining her reasons, which her school friend Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) listens to as he struggles to come to terms with her sudden death.
Just last month, Netflix removed the three minute suicide scene from Season One of the programme, following on from the ‘advice of medical experts’.
In a statement, the streaming-giant said: “We’ve heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help – often for the first time.
“As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show. So, on the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we’ve decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from season one.”
Well, showrunner Brian Yorkey previously spoke about the possibility of the show following the existing characters, rather than introducing new tapes and reasons, saying:
“I always think there’s more story to tell, but I think that depends on viewers and everyone’s reaction to it and whether it’s important to keep telling the story.
If there is a future for the show, to me, it’s about these characters, and not necessarily a new set of reasons or a new set of tapes. Someone else might do that, but that’s not my job to do that.”
Since the first season came out in March 2017 and the second in May 2018, there doesn’t seem to be any trend and it makes perfect sense for season three to be released this October.