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Warning: This article contains discussion of suicide and sexual misconduct, which some readers may find upsetting.
The trial scenes in Broadchurch series two were hugely influential in shaping the sophomore run of 13 Reasons Why, according to producer Brian Yorkey.
Fans of Broadchurch will remember that the second series dealt with the trial of murdered boy Danny Latimer’s killer, much in the same way that 13 Reasons Why‘s next batch of episodes explore the aftermath of Hannah Baker’s sexual assault and suicide.
Digital Spy recently chatted with 13 Reasons Why showunner Brian Yorkey about his new episodes, and he stressed that the trial scenes in both shows might appear similar to fans.
“We particularly looked at season two of Broadchurch because I think they did such a great job of the trial being the act of the story,” he said. “And we did go inside the courtroom but we didn’t spend our whole time inside the courtroom.
“It was still very much about these characters and the impact that the trial was having on their lives and the story of their trial unfolding, and who was going to tell the truth and who wasn’t? And what the fallout was going to be and other secrets that hadn’t come out.
“And I think that hopefully the courtroom in season two [of 13 Reasons Why] unfolds in a very similar way. We don’t spend a tremendous amount of time in there, but obviously one of the sort of central themes for season two is justice for Hannah and her parent’s lawsuit playing out in that trial.”
Cast member Kate Walsh previously tipped that 13 Reasons Why could see rapist Bryce Walker (Justin Prentice) facing justice for his assault of both Hannah (Katherine Langford) and Jessica (Alisha Boe).
[13 Reasons Why: Justin and Bryce]
These new episodes will not show another suicide on or off screen, but will instead shift focus to showing how Jessica goes from “being a victim of sexual assault to being a survivor of sex assault”.
13 Reasons Why‘s second season debuts on Netflix worldwide on May 18.
Suicide is preventable. Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of sexual violence. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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