Everything We Know About The Final Season Of '13 Reasons Why'
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13 Reasons Why fans, assemble!
So, what's in store for the Liberty High seniors? Read on for everything we know so far.
When does the new season air?
The new season, made up of 10 hour-long episodes, will land on the streaming platform on 5th June, meaning we only have a matter of weeks to wait until its release.
13 Reasons Why will bow out after its fourth run, making this the final season.
In other words, everything has led to this, and there are some juicy loose ends to tie up.
Viewers can expect to see central cast members Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), Jessica (Alisha Boe), Alex (Miles Heizer) and Tyler (Devin Druid) returning to their screens.
The final season will follow the group of teens as they prepare to graduate in the knowledge that before they part ways, "they'll have to keep a dangerous secret buried and face heart-breaking choices that could impact their future forever." Eek!
What can we expect from the final season?
Since discovering the truth about Bryce Walker's (Justin Prentice) murder in the dramatic finale of the last season - which dropped in August 2019 - fans have been eager to find out what lies ahead for the Liberty High seniors.
The trailer for 13 Reasons Why teases the main conflict at the heart of the final season. Within the first few seconds, we see Clay (Dylan Minnette) and Justin (Brandon Flynn) walking into school.
The pair, along with a bunch of fellow students, are faced with the words "Monty was framed" spray painted in huge red letters on a door.
"Don't freak out," warns Justin.
Tension builds as Clay and his peers become anxious that the secret behind Bryce Walker's death might come out, and wonder what the consequences will be if it does.
Continuing the show's themes of teen mental health and depression, the trailer also shows Clay having his health assessed by therapist Dr. Robert Ellman (played by Gary Sinise)
"I think you've been keeping secrets," he tells Clay. "Are you ready to let those secrets out?"
We can also expect to see the Liberty High students graduate in the final season, and prepare to go their separate ways in the world.
Why did Netflix edit out Hannah Baker's suicide from the earlier seasons?
13 Reasons Why first arrived on Netflix in 2017. The series was based on Jay Asher's novel, which centres on the suicide of a girl, Hannah Baker, played by Katherine Langford in seasons one and two.
The show's graphic depiction of suicide in the first season caused controversy, sparking a backlash from viewers.
More than two years later, the 13 Reasons Why team decided to edit out the suicide from the series on the basis of "advice of medical experts".
Who framed Monty? They want answers. pic.twitter.com/yXyr2fjU50
- 13 Reasons Why (@13ReasonsWhy) May 21, 2020
The episodes now also contain prompts to a resource website.
Talking about the decision, Netflix said: "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."
Show writer Nic Sheff defended the scene, saying: "When it came time to discuss the portrayal of the protagonist's suicide in 13 Reasons Why, I of course immediately flashed on my own experience.
"It seemed to me the perfect opportunity to show what an actual suicide really looks like - to dispel the myth of the quiet drifting off, and to make viewers face the reality of what happens when you jump from a burning building into something much, much worse."
13 Reasons Why season four will be available to watch on Netflix from 5th June 2020.