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Hannah Baker 2.0: Pain, Power, and Polaroids


In season 2  Hannah’s parents sue Liberty High with the intention to hold the school responsible for their daughter’s death. One by one all of the teens who interacted with her took the stand. Some gave truthful accounts, others told boldface lies in order to protect themselves. As the trial was happening school was still in session. This season delved into race, class, drug use, parental involvement or lack thereof, gun violence, rape culture and the danger of secrets. One of the characters leaves random polaroids to blow the whistle on sexual violence that had gone on for decades. Other students take a revenge of the nerds approach. Throughout the series the writers continue to push the envelope with sensitive subject matter and graphic depictions on screen.

The provocative series seemed to incorporate first season criticism to flush out the story. The notion that other people are responsible when a person commits suicide is a dangerous concept. In the end we find out there were not only 13 Reasons Why, there were also 11 Reasons Why Not. Some would say the eleven reasons will always carry more weight; because most circumstances that lead you down a path where you are so lost you can’t breathe won’t even matter in 10 years.

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