Netflix’s unflinching new drama 13 Reasons Why made some major changes from its source material, Jay Asher’s 2007 novel of the same name, but one of the most significant was the ending. Whereas the novel ends with 17-year-old Clay Jensen reaching out to a fellow student he thinks may be suicidal, the series takes a different approach by leaving viewers with several cliffhangers. Executive producer Brian Yorkey has already expressed interest in returning for a second season, but fans of Asher’s book are on the fence. Sure, it would wrap up the unresolved story lines from the first season — does Alex survive his suicide attempt? — but without Hannah Baker‘s tapes, and the screen presence of magnetic newcomer Katherine Langford, the show just wouldn’t have the same emotional depth. Asher, however, wants to see more.
“I’d just like a continuation of all those characters,” the author told EW. “I’m curious as well. What happens to Clay? How do people react to what Alex did at the very end? What’s going to happen to Mr. Porter? I’d thought of a sequel at some point. I’d brainstormed it, but decided I wasn’t going to write it. So I’d love to see it.”
That’s not the only possibility Asher brainstormed: He also contemplated saving Hannah. In fact, in the book’s original ending, Hannah Baker survives her suicide attempt. Unfortunately, that’s not an approach the show can take, but it can pick up with Clay, Alex, Jessica, Justin, and Bryce (ugh) in the aftermath of the season finale.