13 Reasons Why has remained a hot topic in the media, ever since Netflix released the controversial series in March.
Due to the sensitive topics discussed and graphic images shown in the series, many viewers were left conflicted about bringing the series back.
Despite the naysayers, the show is returning for a second season and executive producer Selena Gomez explains why.
On Monday, the pop star stopped by Elvis Duran and the Morning Show to break down why she believes these stories needed to be told:
The content is complicated. It’s dark and it has moments that are honestly very hard to swallow, and I understood that we were doing something that is difficult. But these kids today are so exposed to things that I would never even comprehend when I was 8.
Part of the criticism involved how the show tackled themes like rape, depression, sexual identity, slut-shaming, and of course, suicide. However, Selena believes these topics deserve to be explored and discussed openly:
That stuff is uncomfortable for people to talk about, but it is happening and hopefully, it opened the door for people to actually accept what’s happening and actually go and change it, talk about it.
And for those who did enjoy the 13-part series, you're in luck. Selena assures Season 2 will help fans answer all those lingering questions they might have had about the fate of certain characters.
In season 2 we’re going to answer a lot of questions, and a lot of resolution with the characters is going to come. We go into the resolution of where these characters are going. I was freaking out about where they were going because it was really encouraging and empowering. We’re going to take a little inspiration from the first, and bring it into the second.