Netflix has announced earlier that they have removed the suicide scene from season 1 of their Original Series “13 Reasons Why”. The graphic scene, lasting around 3 minutes, showed Hannah taking her own life in the final episode of season 1 of the show. Since it’s launch over two years ago the show has been seen as controversial and been the source of a lot of debate. Even though the show is rated 18 in the UK and TV-MA (not suitable for under 17s) in the US, many younger people have watched the show and been affected by its content. The edited scene now shows Hannah assessing her life in the mirror before cutting to her mother discovering her body in the bath.
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Season 3 of the show is due to arrive this summer although there are no confirmed dates yet.
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.