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Warning: This article contains discussion of suicide, which some readers may find upsetting.
The second season of 13 Reasons Why will not depict another suicide at all.
Showrunner Brian Yorkey confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that, although the first season centred on the death of the late Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), the new episodes won’t see anybody taking their own lives either on or off-screen.
This also seems to confirm that Alex Standall (Miles Heizer) will survive after it was revealed that he shot himself at the end of last season.
“It was a creative decision,” Yorkey said. “Hannah’s suicide is the central, inciting incident of the story, but the story is about so many things and tough topics around that.
“Obviously, Hannah’s suicide continues to be very much a part of the story. Alex Standall attempted suicide at the end of season one and that continues to be very much a part of the story, but there’s no new scene of suicide. That’s not the story we’re telling. And that’s a tiny bit of a spoiler, but not really.
“There’s no suicide on screen or off. And there’s no flashbacks to it.”
Netflix confirmed earlier this week that season two will launch later this month on Friday, May 18.
Suicide is preventable. Readers who are affected by the issues raised in 13 Reasons Why are encouraged to contact Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.
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