13 Reasons Why: Hannah's graphic suicide explained

Ben Lee
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From Digital Spy

Warning: This article contains spoilers about the finale of 13 Reasons Why.

The whole season had been leading up to the moment when Hannah Baker died by suicide, but fans of 13 Reasons Why may have been surprised by the disturbing images that aired on screen.

It was so shocking that the episode actually led with a viewer discretion message, warning viewers to expect "graphic depictions of violence and suicide".

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The last episode of the season saw Hannah get into a bathtub and slit her wrists with a razor blade.

The camera kept rolling as she made the deep incisions and blood came out.

It was incredibly difficult to watch, but show creator Brian Yorkey said that was the point.

"We worked very hard not to be gratuitous," he said during companion show Beyond the Reasons, "but we did want it to be painful to watch, because we wanted it to be very clear that there is nothing, in any way, worthwhile about suicide."

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The author of the original novel, Jay Asher, agreed.

"They felt for a TV show, if you're going to watch it, you want to show it as horrific as it actually is," he told Entertainment Weekly.

"So the way she does it, you can't watch it and feel like it's glamourised in any way. It looks and is painful, and then when she's found by her parents, it absolutely destroys them."

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Asher also spoke up about the idea of a second season for the show, even though there was no sequel for the book.

"I'm curious," he said. "What happens to Clay? How do people react to what Alex did at the very end? What's going to happen to Mr Porter?"

13 Reasons Why can be watched on Netflix right now.

Suicide is preventable. Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story 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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