One of the biggest conversational lightning rods in Netflix's original programming library is the young adult drama 13 Reasons Why, which has been both saluted and demonized by the public for the way it handles distressing subject matter such as teen bullying and suicide. Now, after more than two years of holding steady without changing the show's content, Netflix announced that 13 Reasons Why's most controversial sequence, in which Hannah agonizingly kills herself, has been completely edited out of Season 1.
The decision to entirely remove Hannah's suicide from the show has been something a subsection of the fanbase has been calling for since the very beginning, arguing that the overtly realistic depiction can effectively trigger those who have their own feelings of depression. Netflix claims that it was these criticisms and conversations, with both younger viewers and with medical professionals, that guided them to edit out the gory death scene.
Below is Netflix's statement in full:
One big takeaway here is that Netflix didn't go back and edit the Season 1 finale of 13 Reasons Why without the knowledge and/or approval. Such a move wouldn't have been quite as positive. Indeed, creator Brian Yorkey is fully on board with the scene's excision.
Yorkey released a personal statement about the 13 Reasons Why suicide sequence removal, which can be read below.
Fans will note that this is something of a stark turnaround for Brian Yorkey, who only recently publicly defended the show's exhaustive efforts to portray the realism of certain situations. He and the series' psychiatric adviser even called into question some of the studies that have held 13 Reasons Why in a negative light for arguably glorifying such dark moments in teens lives.
It's hard to tell exactly what made Brian Yorkey change his argument so quickly, but one probably wouldn't be shocked if it had something to do with the impending release of 13 Reasons Why Season 3. Netflix likely wants to go into the season with as little awkward fanfare as possible, considering its CEO had to defend the move to renew it in the first place.
While Netflix has already drawn renewed criticism for the timing of this widely publicized edit, it's likely that more good than harm will come from this move going into promotions for a new season. After all, the scene is still present on DVD releases of Season 1 for anyone that needs to see it for whatever reason, so it can never be fully redacted. Now about that broomstick scene...
Netflix has yet to unveil a specific release date for when 13 Reasons Why Season 3 will join the rest of 2019's big releases, so stay tuned to find out whether it'll hit the streaming service this fall or not.
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