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'13 Reasons Why' Season 4 Available for Streaming on June 5, 2020

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On Monday, Netflix announced the fourth and final season of its controversial show, “13 Reasons Why,” will be available for streaming on June 5, 2020. The season will consist of 10 episodes (as opposed to its usual 13).

The video announcing season four’s release date, called “Saying Goodbye,” shows footage of the cast wrapping up filming, but is not a trailer for what is to come in season four. You can see it below.

Netflix told Buzzfeed the upcoming season will focus on the high schoolers preparing to graduate, “but before they say goodbye, they’ll have to keep a dangerous secret buried and face heartbreaking choices that could impact their futures forever.”

For those who haven’t seen the show, the first season of “13 Reasons Why” is based on a teen novel of the same name, and focuses on Hannah Baker’s (Katherine Langford) suicide and the 13 tapes she left behind for her classmates explaining “why” she ended her life. The following seasons are not based on the book.

The second season addresses sexual assault, specifically how the show’s villain Bryce (Justin Prentice) sexually assaulted Hannah before her death, as well as other girls at Liberty High School. The third season seeks to solve the mystery of who killed Bryce.

The teen show has been criticized for its handling of sensitive topics. Both season one and two culminated in incredibly graphic scenes in the final episode — the first had a graphic suicide scene, and the second, a graphic rape scene. In July of last year, “13 Reasons Why” producers decided to edit out the graphic suicide scene in season one. Prior to this decision, multiple studies found the suicide rate among young people increased following the release of the show.

For more on “13 Reasons Why,” check out the following stories from our community:

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Header images via “13 Reasons Why” Facebook page

Originally published: May 11, 2020
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