Two years ago, Netflix released Season 1 of 13 Reasons Why, the adaptation of the novel by Jay Asher. Now, ahead of the debut of Season 3, the streaming giant has edited a controversial scene from that first season.
"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," Netflix said in a statement. "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."
Season 1 of the series tells the story of the 13 reasons why Hannah takes her own life, culminating with the scene in question, which sees Hannah commit suicide in the bathtub. This moment was both shocking and emotionally devastating, as it tried to show the horror of suicide up close and personal.
However, it turned out it was too up close and personal.
The streaming service removed almost the entire original three-minute scene in which Hannah takes her life, leaving only her parents coming into the bathroom and finding her body.
The controversy surrounding the show, which had since settled, came into the public consciousness again when the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry claimed teen suicides rose since the release of 13 Reasons Why.
13 Reasons Why Season 3 arrives on Netflix later this year.
(via The Wrap)