On March 31, 2017, Netflix released their controversial original series, 13 Reasons Why. The show follows the lives of those who pushed high school student Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) to the ultimate end; suicide.
In the season one finale, Netflix chose to show the graphic scene of Baker ending her life. Two years and one new season later, Netflix decided to remove the suicide scene.
The streaming service cited advice from medical experts as the primary reason behind their actions. Also, with the third season due sometime in 2019 and more viewers lining up to view the show, Netflix wanted to make sure they had all their bases covered.
“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,” Netflix said in a statement.
13 Reasons Why started a discussion amongst many young people over the issues of life, Netflix said in its statement. “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 first season revolves around Baker’s life and death but showrunner Brian Yorkey says the series is bigger than one moment in the show. “No one scene is more important than the life of the show, and its message that we must take better care of each other,” Yorkey said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”