The YA drama from Paramount Television will return in 2019 with 13 new episodes.
Netflix is going back to high school (again). The streaming giant has renewed controversial teen drama 13 Reasons Why for a third season. Season three will consist another run 13 episodes and return in 2019. Production will resume later this year.
The core cast, including Dylan Minnette (Clay), Miles Heizer (Alex) and Alisha Boe (Jessica), among others — are all expected to return. Breakout star Katherine Langford, who played Hannah and whose suicide was the focal point the series, announced after season two dropped that she would not return.
The renewal news comes less than three weeks after the series returned for its sophomore season, which explored the aftermath suicide, a lawsuit against the school for its role in Hannah's suicide, sexual assault and a thwarted school shooting. The streaming giant was poised to usher in the new season with a glitzy premiere event in Los Angeles, which was canceled after a gunman opened fire at a Santa Fe High School outside Houston, killing at least 10 people in the deadliest school shooting since February's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead.
While Netflix (like fellow streamers Amazon and Hulu) does not release viewership information, 13 Reasons Why is said to be one its most-streamed originals. Season one the drama from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content was surrounded by a wave controversy for its graphic depiction teen suicide. While season two was not as controversial, many viewers and critics alike still found it problematic for a storyline in which a male character is sexually assaulted.
Still, the decision to continue to series is surprising. Season one focused on Jay Asher's book the same name and told a complete story. Netflix renewed the drama for a second season, after the drama from Brian Yorkey and exec producers Selena Gomez and Tom McCarthy was considered a one-f limited series. One multiple series to earn unexpected second seasons after their originally intended short-order runs, 13 Reasons Why joins shows like HBO's awards magnet Big Little Lies, among others.
“With the second season, we feel as with the first that we’re following the stories these characters. 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,” showrunner Yorkey told THR about his plans for the future the series ahead season two. “I do think that our interest in a second season was because we wanted to continue to follow these people. If there is a future for the show, to me, it’s about these characters, and not necessarily a new set reasons or a new set tapes. Someone else might do that, but that’s not my job to do that.”
Yorkey will return as showrunner and exec produces alongside Joy Gorman, Mandy Teefey, Kristel Laiblin, McCarthy, Gomez and Steve Golin.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.