13 Reasons Why: Netflix edits out graphic suicide scene from season 1
Ahead of 13 Reasons Why‘s return for its third season, Netflix has released a statement regarding the controversial scene from the teen drama’s first season. Due to garnering criticism from fans and the effects that it may have brought upon its viewers, the streaming service along with the show’s creator Brian Yorkey have officially decided to edit out Hannah’s graphic suicide scene from the final episode of season one.
“We’ve heard from many young people that ’13 Reasons Why’ encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help — often for the first time. As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show. So on the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we’ve decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from season one.” Netflix said.
13 Reasons Why season three will begin production later this year with 13 episodes scheduled. Brian Yorkey will be returning as the series’ creator and showrunner, and will also return as an executive producer alongside Joy Gorman, Mandy Teefey, Kristel Laiblin, Tom McCarthy, Steve Golin, and Selenza Gomez. The new season will be produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content for Netflix. The first two seasons of the series are currently available now on Netflix.
Season 3 includes Dylan Minnette (Goosebumps) as Clay Jensen, Brandon Flynn (True Detective) as Justin, Alisha Boe as Jessica, Christian Navarro as Tony, Miles Heizer (Love, Simon) as Alex, Ross Bulter (Riverdale) as Zach, Devin Druid as Tyler and Justin Prentice as Bryce. Katharine Langford who played the first season’s main character Hannah Baker won’t be returning for the third season.
Based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher, the Netflix Original Series 13 Reasons Why follows Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Will Clay be one of them?
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