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Netflix has announced that 13 Reasons Why will return for a fourth and final season ahead of the premiere of season 3. 

The controversial series will return for its third season August 23, but there will be one more after that, which is already in production. 

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After Netflix edited out the controversial suicide scene from the first season, Deadline reports there will be no scenes of suicide in season 3. It will contain 13 episodes in total. 

13 Reasons Why was renewed for a third season in June 2018. Following the news, some backlash surfaced, and Netflix CEO Reed Hasting came to the show’s defense.

13 Reasons Why has been enormously popular and successful,” Hastings said during the Netflix annual shareholder meeting, reports Deadline. “It’s engaging content.”

“It is controversial,” the CEO continued. “But nobody has to watch it.”

The upcoming season will show most of the original cast graduating high school and what comes with that. 

Katherine Langford, who plays Hannah Baker in the series, shared on Instagram she will not be in season three.

“This show will always be a special part of my life, and regardless of whether Hannah is there or not, I know that I will continue to strive to do work that is meaningful and has a positive impact,” Langford wrote.

Along with the announcement, the series dropped a brand new trailer. It’s seriously intense and reveals that Bryce Walker was killed.

“Here’s the thing about the kids at Liberty High — they’re connected by their secrets,” a voice says. “Connected and forever changed. The truth is, given the right circumstance, the right motivation anyone could’ve done this.”

The trailer ends with an ominous link that leads to a murder mystery website. You can check that out here.

You can see the season 3 trailer below. 

More 13 Reasons Why news

Two years after the show 13 Reasons Why premiered, Netflix has edited the controversial suicide scene from season 1. The news comes following numerous studies linking the show to a spike in teen suicides.

The scene airs in the finale of season 1, depicting a very graphic scene of actress Katherine Langford that caused controversy following its premiere.

The episode received quite a bit of backlash with many activists and health care professionals worried it would contribute to copycat suicides.

“It was our hope, in making ’13 Reasons Why’ into a television show, to tell a story that would help young viewers feel seen and heard, and encourage empathy in all who viewed it, much as the bestselling book did before us,” showrunner Brian Yorkey says in a statement.

“Our creative intent in portraying the ugly, painful reality of suicide in such graphic detail in season one was to tell the truth about the horror of such an act, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it. But as we ready to launch season three, we have heard concerns about the scene from Dr. Christine Moutier at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and others, and have agreed with Netflix to re-edit it. No one scene is more important than the life of the show, and its message that we must take better care of each other. 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.”

The scene now shows Langford staring at her own reflection in the mirror then cuts to her parents’ reaction later in the scene.

Netflix released a statement regarding the edit.

“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.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, there is help to be found. Please consider these online resources and talk to your regular doctor about your symptoms:

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