After its first season 13 Reason Why was criticized for its depiction of bullying, rape, suicide mental health, the second season has learned little and continued this portrayal in graphic detail, writes Kelly Lawler of USA Today. Beyond that point, the show should not have been continued. Its plot was resolved and didn’t need to be opened up again. Failing to create a new meaningful dialogue, season 2 seems to play with gruesome themes for the sake of doing so, just to create headlines. The plot, characters and writing simply feel rehashed. Netflix's choice to milk this show was a mistake.
Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why is a welcome addition to the show, building upon the themes and issues that the first season revolved around, asserts Kristen Baldwin of Entertainment Weekly. It goes into the toils of what a sexual assault victim goes through after a rape, and the issues surrounding them. The way the school mishandles dealing with problems like suicide and rape come forward strongly, offering as chilling and powerful social commentary as season 1 did. Once again, the actors deliver amazing performances that allow the audience to dislike them or feel their pain.