13 Reasons Why Season 3: Release date, cast, spoilers and trailers

1 August 2019, 16:02

13 Reasons Why
Picture: Netflix
Woodrow Whyte

By Woodrow Whyte

Netflix have renewed 13 Reasons Why for a third season - but when will be released, what will happen to the characters and will it continue to tell Hannah's story?

Today (August 1), Netflix confirmed that the third season of 13 Reasons Why will drop on August 23rd and that the storyline will revolve around the death of a major character.

Watch the trailer for season 3 below:

The logline for the third season goes into a little more detail about what to expect from season 3:

“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.”

Who killed Bryce Walker?

13 Reasons Why season 3 trailer
13 Reasons Why season 3 trailer. Picture: Netflix

The trailer features a funeral scene with a picture of Bryce next to a coffin. Bryce's mum is then seen asking for information about his death. Clay seems like he has something to say before the screen dramatically turns black and a website address is revealed: whokilledbrycewalker.com.

Bryce, as you'll remember, is one of the characters on Hannah Baker's tapes. In season one, we discover that Bryce raped Hannah at his house, and Jessica at a party. We then learn in season 2 that he also raped his girlfriend Chloe.

When you go to the website, it asks you to contact the sheriff about the case. "If you want to help the investigation into the murder of Bryce Walker, tap below." Then you are instructed to give information about the case in a video call with the sheriff.

13 Reasons Why season 3 release date: When will it start on Netflix?

We now know that the third season of 13RW will drop August 23rd.

A tweet from an actor who worked on the third season was doing the rounds lately, as he revealed an October release date. Netflix then responded, saying it will be released "later this summer."

13 Reasons Why Clay and Justin
Picture: Netflix

13 Reason Why season three plot:

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last year, show runner Brain Yorkey said about the possibility of a third season: "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."

"With the second season, we feel as with the first that we're following the stories of these characters. I do think that our interest in a second season was because we wanted to continue to follow these people," he continued."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."

There are several loose ends at the end of season two that the writers might use in addition to the Bryce Walker's murder:

-The school district is found not responsible for the Hannah's death and Bryce receives three months probation for sexually assaulting Jessica. Does Bryce face anymore consequences for his actions before his death?

-Chloe finds out that Bryce also raped her but defends him at Hannah's court case. She then discovers that's pregnant. Does she continue to support Bryce and have his child?

-Clay offers Justin to be adopted by his parents, however, Seth - his mother's abusive partner - is seen watching him. Is he going to do something to Justin? And will Justin go through with the adoption?

-Tyler is beaten up and sexually assaulted by Monty in the men's bathrooms. Will Monty be punished for this?

-Tyler, having been talked out of shooting students at the ball by Clay, escapes in Tony's car. Will Tyler be caught by the police? Where in Tony taking him?

-What happens to Clay? The police are about to arrive at the ball and he's holding Tyler's automatic rifle.

-Jessica & Justin hook up at the ball. Will they get back together?

13 Reasons Why Tyler
13 Reasons Why Tyler. Picture: Netflix

Will Hannah Baker return for season 3?

Katherine Langford will not be returning as Hannah.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she was asked whether she feels like Hannah's storyline is finally over now the lawsuit against the school district is over.

"It was such a wonderful opportunity to tell her story so fully in season one, and I'm really glad to have been asked back and to have been a part of a second season", she told THR.

Hannah Baker 13 Reasons Why Rotten Tomatoes
Picture: Netflix

13 Reasons Why season 3 cast:

A new character, Ani, will be introduced in season 3. Played by Grace Saif, it is said she will have a pivotal role in telling the season’s story.

There are also rumours that Riverdale's Hart Denton will be joining the cast, though this has not been confirmed. The rumours began after Reddit user deancest has discovered a stunt man on IMDb credited as Hart Denton's stunt double for two episodes of season 3. He was also followed and followed back several members of the cast on Instagram.

The rest of the main cast feature in the trailer for season 3 and so are expected to return.

Katherine Langford is the only cast member who has confirmed that she will not be returning to the show. In an emotional Instagram post, she said goodbye to Hannah Baker and thanks viewers for their support.

"Hannah...I love you...and I let you go" Those are the words I was able to say six months ago, and now can finally share with you...As most of you know @13reasonswhy was my first ever job and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to tell Hannah's story so fully in season 1, and to be asked back for a season 2. Thankyou to @netflix @paramountpics @anoncontent , the incredible producers, creatives, cast and crew for making these last 2 years so special. And to all of you here - Thankyou for filling my life with love and light 🙏 This show will always be a special part of my life, and regardless of whether Hannah is there or not, I know that I will continue to strive to do work that is meaningful and has a positive impact - whether that be in film, music, or any other form of art. There is a lot coming up this next year, and I can't wait to share it with you 💖 #hannahbaker

A post shared by KATHERINE LANGFORD (@katherinelangford) on

If you or someone you know needs help finding crisis resources, visit: www.13ReasonsWhy.info.