Hannah Baker’s story has come to the end of its tape on “13 Reasons Why.”
Warning: Spoilers for Season 2 ahead.
Katherine Langford won’t be reprising her role, if there is a third season of the Netflix drama, as the teen whose suicide triggered the events of the series.
In Season 2, which debuted last week, Hannah appears as a spirit haunting Clay (Dylan Minnette). But in the finale, Clay watches as she enters the church and then leaves — a symbolic “crossing over” to the afterlife.
The actress posted a farewell to her character in an Instagram post, saying, “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.”
“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 most of you know @13reasonswhy 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 🙏 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 this next chapter with you 💖 #hannahbaker
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Langford explained, “I think coming back this season was challenging because it was playing her but not really her.”
She added, ” I guess if I could put Hannah’s life into season 1 and then say it was kind of like being in purgatory for season 2, and then being able to officially say goodbye to her. It definitely felt like time. For me, letting Hannah go was in season 1; season 2 was for Clay to let her go.”