The first season of 13 Reasons Why had a pretty graphic suicide scene which showed three minutes of Hanna taking her own life. With the show’s third season about to arrive, the team and Netflix have decided to remove the suicide scene from the first season, after taking advice from medical experts.
The posted an announcement on Twitter saying that they knew about the ongoing debate about the show and that concerns about that particular scene have been raised by many people, including Dr. Christine Moutier at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Brian Yorkey, the show’s creator, wrote in a statement that the creative intent with that scene was to “portray the ugly, painful reality of suicide” and to “tell the truth about the horror of such an act, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it.”
He adds that following the concern raised by experts, the team and Netflix have decided to re-edit it. One of the reasons behind the team’s decision to do this now was that since the third season would bring in new audiences who would go back to watch the previous episodes, they will not have to watch the graphic scene as they follow along with the story of 13 Reasons Why.