After two years of prodding, Netflix has given in.
The streaming giant has finally decided to omit Katherine Langford’s graphic suicide scene in ’13 Reasons Why’ after it originally aired during the first season of the series.
In the finale, Langford’s character, Hannah Baker, slits her wrists while sitting in a bathtub, where she was eventually found lifeless by her mother.
The hard-hitting clip prompted immediate backlash from viewers, with Deadline noting that there was a spike in suicide rates after the episode’s premiere.
‘As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show.’ Netflix said in a statement.
‘So on the advice of medical experts…we’ve decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from Season 1.’
But while the graphic scene was a point of contention, Netflix pointed out the more positive aspects of ’13 Reasons Why’, stating that the show ‘encouraged [young people] to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help—often for the first time.
’13 Reasons Why’ Season 3 will premiere sometime in 2019.
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