Fans of Netflix’s ultra-popular teen drama 13 Reasons Why might have to wait a bit longer for Season 3 than they initially thought.
Recent reports from multiple entertainment publications have suggested that the series has had behind-the-scenes issues that could hamper the release of the upcoming season and possibly cause an indefinite delay, with most identity two primary issues.
Firstly, and unsurprisingly, the old bane of salaries.
Of course, being adapted from a Jay Asher novel that held a cult fan base, the on-screen outing was always bound to succeed with backers the likes of Netflix, but indeed few could’ve anticipated the sort of cultural phenomenon it would become as time went by, thus being the rationale behind the lead ensemble’s relatively modest salaries when contrasted with the series’ massive popularity and ability to pull audiences.
For example, actor Dylan Minnette, who portrays protagonist Clay Jensen, reportedly received around $80,000 for the first two seasons of 13 Reasons Why itself an amount head-and-shoulders above the rest of the cast. Now, however, Minnette is rumored to be demanding around $200,000 per-episode, with his fellow cast members to hoping for about $100,000 to $150,000 at the contract renegotiation table, a lengthy, long-drawn process that has seemingly been an unresolved problem since summer last year, when Netflix first announced the renewal of the series for a third season.
The second issue, however, has been more of a bone for contention.
It seems that the series’ producers, having taken into account the criticism directed at the depiction of mental health and suicide, more particularly that of Hannah, decided to clear a re-edit of the scene in which Hannah dies, one that could appear in the series’ remaining seasons without bringing with it copious amounts of controversy.
Just how this edit would be done, and whether there would be any room for the scene to be redacted, has divided higher-ups at Netflix for the best part of a few months.
The first two seasons of 13 Reasons Why, meanwhile, can be streamed on the platform now.