Controversial teen drama series 13 Reasons Why has been renewed by Netflix for a third season, the streaming service announced on Wednesday morning.
Netflix confirmed the news by releasing a teaser video announcing the season three renewal across its social media platforms. The renewal is for a 13-episode third season that is expected to be released in the summer of 2019.
The renewal comes a little over a month after season two was released on May 18. The second season averaged 2.6 million in the U.S. and the season premiere was watched by over 6 million viewers in the opening weekend.
Show creator Brian Yorkey will return as the showrunner for season three, while Joy Gorman, Mandy Teefey, Kristel Laiblin, Tom McCarthy, Selena Gomez and Steve Golin will return as executive producers.
Despite the popularity of the show, some critics had wondered if Netflix would give the drama another season after the first two showed scenes of suicide and rape in graphic detail.
One person who won’t be back is Katherine Langford, who plays Hannah Baker. Her final scene in the show was Hannah walking out of the church into the light, seemingly crossing over for good.
“It was kind of like being in purgatory for Season 2, and then being able to officially say goodbye to her,” Langford said. “It definitely felt like time. For me, letting Hannah go was in Season 1. Season 2 was for Clay to let her go. It was being able to assist Clay on that journey.”
13 Reasons Why is currently available for streaming on Netflix.