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Netflix alters pivotal suicide scene from 13 Reasons Why ahead of upcoming third season

Netflix alters pivotal suicide scene from 13 Reasons Why ahead of upcoming third season

Netflix announced on Monday that, nearly a year and a half after it first aired, the streaming service has altered the pivotal suicide scene in 13 Reasons Why.

The streaming service released a statement via The Hollywood Reporter, and then through its own Twitter page. 

‘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,’ the statement began.

Altered scene: Netflix announced on Monday that, nearly a year and a half after it first aired, the streaming service has altered the pivotal suicide scene in 13 Reasons Why

Altered scene: Netflix announced on Monday that, nearly a year and a half after it first aired, the streaming service has altered the pivotal suicide scene in 13 Reasons Why

‘As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show,’ the statement continued.

‘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,’ the statement concluded.

The original scene featured Katherine Langford’s Hannah Baker is nearly three minutes long, showing Hannah take a razor blade to her left wrist while lying in her bathtub.

Statement: 'As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we've been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show,' the statement continued

Statement: ‘As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show,’ the statement continued

Altered scene: '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,' the statement concluded

Altered scene: ‘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,’ the statement concluded

The scene also features Dylan Minnette’s Clay Jensen, telling his school’s guidance counselor Kevin Porter (Derek Luke) what happened to Hannah, before Hannah’s mother (Kate Walsh) discovers her dead in the tub.

The scene has already been removed from Netflix, with the scene now just featuring Hannah looking at herself in the mirror, before cutting immediately to her parents’ reaction to her suicide, without the wrist-cutting scene.

Sources added that Netflix plans to monitor the Internet for pirated clips of the original scene, and issue take-down notices when the original scene surfaces.

Original scene: The scene also features Dylan Minnette's Clay Jensen, telling his school's guidance counselor Kevin Porter (Derek Luke) what happened to Hannah, before Hannah's mother (Kate Walsh) discovers her dead in the tub

Original scene: The scene also features Dylan Minnette’s Clay Jensen, telling his school’s guidance counselor Kevin Porter (Derek Luke) what happened to Hannah, before Hannah’s mother (Kate Walsh) discovers her dead in the tub

Sources also added that the decision to edit this scene has nothing to do with the upcoming third season, which does not include a suicide scene.

The new clip is designed to carry the same emotional impact of Hannah’s death without showing the gruesome method.

‘It was our hope, in making 13 Reasons Why into a television show, to tell a story that would help young viewers feel seen and heard, and encourage empathy in all who viewed it, much as the best-selling book did before us,’ said series creator and showrunner Yorkey in his own statement.

New season: Sources also added that the decision to edit this scene has nothing to do with the upcoming third season, which does not include a suicide scene

New season: Sources also added that the decision to edit this scene has nothing to do with the upcoming third season, which does not include a suicide scene

‘Our creative intent in portraying the ugly, painful reality of suicide in such graphic detail in season one was to tell the truth about the horror of such an act, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it,’ he added.

‘But as we ready to launch season three, we have heard concerns about the scene from Dr. Christine Moutier at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and others, and have agreed with Netflix to re-edit it,’ Yorkey continued. 

‘No one scene is more important than the life of the show, and its message that we must take better care of each other. We believe this edit will help the show do the most good for the most people while mitigating any risk for especially vulnerable young viewers,’ Yorkey concluded.

13 Reasons Why returns with its third season this summer, though Netflix has yet to reveal the Season 3 premiere date. 

Not emulate: 'Our creative intent in portraying the ugly, painful reality of suicide in such graphic detail in season one was to tell the truth about the horror of such an act, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it,' he added

Not emulate: ‘Our creative intent in portraying the ugly, painful reality of suicide in such graphic detail in season one was to tell the truth about the horror of such an act, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it,’ he added

 

 


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