Hannah Baker is officially saying goodbye to 13 Reasons Why after two seasons.
Katherine Langford will not return as Hannah Baker if Netflix picks up the teen drama for a third season, the actress has officially confirmed.
Langford made the announcement on her Instagram on Friday. In the post, she shared a photo of the memorial on set to Hannah, officially thanking the cast, crew, and Netflix for the chance to play Hannah Baker for two seasons.
“For me, we told Hannah’s story so fully in Season 1,” Langford told Entertainment Weekly. “In a way, doing that scene in episode 13, I’ve so often referred to it as it was the hardest scene because it’s the scene where I had to let her go. I think coming back this season was challenging because it was playing her but not really her.”
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"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 my journey on @13reasonswhy has officially come to an end…as most of you know, this 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
The scene Langford mentions is from the season two finale where Clay (Dylan Minnette) is speaking at a memorial service for Hannah, telling her “I love you and I let you go.” Hannah then gets up and walks into the white light, 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.”
Netflix has not officially renewed the show for a third season but there is speculation that an official announcement will be made in the coming weeks. If a third season is awarded, it likely will be released in summer 2019.
Despite Langford no longer being a part of the show, there are still important stories and subjects to tackle. Bryce’s girlfriend Chloe dropped a bombshell she was pregnant in the season two finale and Dylan Minnette recently said he hopes to see Clay’s mental illness become a talking point.
13 Reasons Why is currently available for streaming on Netflix.