'13 Reasons Why' will return for a fourth and final season

'13 Reasons Why' will return for a fourth and final season

13 Reasons Why, the TV adaptation of the bestselling novel by Jay Asher, has been a smashing success for Netflix. The streaming website first released the Selena Gomez-produced show back in 2017, and since then it's ratings have only gotten bigger, although the drama does have its detractors.

The series tells the story of teenager Clay Jensen, who receives a package in the mail one day which contains seven cassette tapes recorded by a girl named Hannah Baker, who took her own life days earlier. The tapes are an elaborate suicide note, explaining how 13 people led Hannah to commit suicide and the dark secrets that Clay's classmates have been keeping.

Check out the trailer for the third season of 13 Reasons Why in the video below: 

The third season of the show was ordered by Netflix way back in June 2018 and is set for release on August 23, 2019. Now the streaming service has announced that it has already ordered a fourth season, but that this will be the final instalment. A spokesperson representing the site claims that the fourth season will deal with: "The core cast's graduation from High School, which will be a natural conclusion to the show"

Ever since its release, 13 Reasons Why has been considered controversial. Many accused the program of glorifying suicide and self-harm, claiming that the show unwittingly and irresponsibly inspired copy-cat suicides.

Creator Brian Yorkey has since stated that has censored the scene in question to prevent the show from inspiring vulnerable people to harm themselves.

Explaining his reasoning to the Evening Stanard, Yorkey stated: "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 vulnerable young viewers."

If you or anyone you know has been affected by the issues raised in this article, then please do not hesitate to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 , or the Samaritans on 116 123.