It’s been over two years since the popular mystery/thriller 13 Reasons Why premiered on Netflix.
The show drummed up a lot of controversy at the time. One scene in particular, which portrays the graphic suicide of a main character, drew criticism from experts, while the show as a whole prompted responses from support services like the Crisis Text Line. Netflix responded by adding warning cards to the start of each episode.
Despite this, two 2019 studies found evidence to suggest that the show may indeed have contributed to a spike in teen and adolescent suicides in the months after its first season was released.
Now, with Season 3 on the horizon, the show’s creators have finally decided to tackle the scene that drew the most criticism.
On Monday night, Netflix posted the following tweet to say they’d “been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show”.
Over two years after the season premiered, the scene in which Hannah Baker dies by suicide has been re-edited.
“No one scene is more important than the life of the show, and its message that we must take better care of each other,” wrote the show’s creator, Brian Yorkley, in a statement shared on Twitter.
“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.”
We checked Netflix at the time of writing, and the moment depicting Baker’s suicide has been removed from the first season’s final episode. In its current form, the scene shows Hannah prior to her death, and then cuts to her parents’ discovery of her body.
Mashable has reached out to Netflix to double-check if there are any more planned alterations to the sequence, and we will update this article if we receive a response.
If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text Shout at 85258 or call 999 for emergency help in the UK. You can also contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or Childline on 0800 1111. If you’re in the U.S., text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call theNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Alternatively, a further list of international resources is available here.