Netflix’s popular yet controversial series, 13 Reasons Why, is set to return with season 3 on August 23rd. The show has also been renewed for a fourth season – which will be its final one – said the streaming giant.
The trailer depicts the show’s main cast of ‘Liberty High‘ surrounding the much-hated antagonist Bryce Walker’s funeral. The trailer indicates that season 3 will revolve around the mystery surrounding his death leading to the students’ secrets spilling.
The narrative resumes eight months after the events of last season and will now focus on Clay (Dylan Minnette), Tony (Christian Navarro), Jessica (Alisha Boe), Alex (Miles Heizer), Justin (Justin Foley), and Zach (Ross Butler) as they cope with the aftermath of Tyler (Devin Druid) attempting to become a school shooter. The show’s previous protaganist Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) has left the show and will no longer be a part of the upcoming seasons.
The show has previously received flak for its graphic depiction of suicide and sexual assault that many deemed ‘influential’ to young minds. The scene in which Hannah commits suicide has been omitted altogether.
According to a statement from Netflix about the scene: “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. As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show.
“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.”
Based on the book of the same name by Jay Asher, the show’s director is Brian Yorkey and its executive producers include famous singer Selena Gomez. It also stars Timothy Granaderos, Anne Winters, Steven Weber, Brenda Strong. Amy Hargreaves, and Grace Saif.
Watch the trailer of 13 Reasons Why season 3 below: