Another day, another release of a highly anticipated Netflix series.
Yep, one of the most controversial and talked about Netflix shows is coming back to our screens, and none of us know quite how to feel about it.
13 Reasons Why had the whole world gripped, and slightly horrified, when it was debuted back in 2017. The show’s crude portrayal of mental health and suicide ruffled many feathers, and its second season was even more controversial when it featured a graphic and, quite frankly, disturbing rape scene.
Despite all the drama and controversy, however, season 3 still got given the go-ahead, and now has an official release date and trailer. Keep scrolling to watch the trailer, which has had people outraged (again) from the discovery of the death of one major character…
Two years after it’s release, 13 Reasons Why is still one of the most talked-about shows on Netflix.
The show, which revolved around high school student Hannah Baker and her death by suicide, detailed the factors that contributed to her decision to take her life, as well as the roles her peers played.
Just before her planned-out suicide, Hannah created 7 cassette tapes for her best friend, Clay Jensen, which details each individual reason that leads her to take her own life.
As he listened to the tapes after her death, he learned that there was a side dedicated to each person to whom Hannah attributed her reasons for committing suicide.
The ridiculously graphic scene shows Hannah cutting her owns wrists and slowly bleeding out in the bathtub, just before her heartbroken parents stumble upon her lifeless body.
And understandably so.
As well as graphically demonstrating an effective method of suicide to susceptible and vulnerable teens, the show never provided an alternative to suicide, causing many people to argue that it actually glamorizes depression and mental health issues.
“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,” Netflix said in a part of their 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.”
Series 2 continued on from the first season and showed how Hannah’s friends and classmates attempted to deal with the aftermath of Hannah’s suicide, as well as their own personal traumas caused by the incident.
Their lawsuit claimed that Liberty High School took a blind eye to the bullying Hannah faced and failed to respond to warning signs of her suicidal ideation.
Though, in classic 13 Reasons Why style…
The second season came under yet more fire for another highly controversial scene.
In the show’s second season finale, three athletes brutally rape student photographer-outcast Tyler – who had become one of the show’s main characters – by cornering him in the bathroom, beating him up, bending him over a toilet, and assaulting him with a mop handle.
The rape scene is even more brutal in context: Tyler had just returned to the school after receiving treatment for his social issues and violent tendencies, and was seemingly on the road to recovery.
And viewers were left both disgusted and heartbroken after the scene, which ended with Tyler laid weeping on the floor following the attack.
In a statement to Vulture, Brian Yorkey explained why he viewed the scene as a necessary development.
“We’re committed on this show to telling truthful stories about things that young people go through in as unflinching a way as we can,” Yorkey said. “We fully understand that that means some of the scenes in the show will be difficult to watch. I think Netflix has helped provide viewers with lots of resources for understanding that this may not be the show for everybody, and also resources for people who do watch it and are troubled and need help.”
By saying that the show showed the reality of rape and suicide amongst teenagers.
Many viewers argued that the graphicness of the rape scene was simply uncalled for, and that the producers could have portrayed the incident in a more subtle, less harmful way.
And some even argued that the show’s creators were cashing in on the problematic topics of suicide and rape, rather than helping to raise awareness.
The palpable threat of a school shooting has hung over 13 Reasons Why since the season 1 finale when it was revealed that the troubled Tyler was hiding a massive cache of assault rifles, handguns, and ammunition in his bedroom.
And season 2 shows Tyler arrive at the school ball, armed with his weapons, ready to commit a massacre in the school hall.
Clay manages to talk Tyler out of the shooting, as the latter puts the gun down and accepts the fact he doesn’t need to commit a school shooting to work through his trauma. It’s likely Clay’s final sentiment, a clear nod to our national barrage of mass violence, helps change Tyler’s mind.
And, over a year since the tense finale, it is finally time for season 3.
Get it in your diaries, folks!
Netflix revealed on Thursday that season 3 will drop on August 23rd.
It seems that the third season will revolve primarily around the death of one of the main characters in the show.
That’s right. Bryce is dead!
And there are questions surrounding his death, which will take the season more in the direction of a murder mystery.
We cannot wait.
And it won’t be ending here.
Not only has the show been renewed for a fourth season, but season 4 is already in production and will feature the core cast’s graduation from Liberty High. It will also serve as the show’s farewell as season 4 will be the final season of 13 Reasons Why.