A series that has been one of the most popular shows on Netflix — and may be its most controversial — will end after season four. The streaming service is pulling the plug on “13 Reasons Why,” which unspools its third season later this month.
The show has been a lightning rod for criticism over material such as its graphic depiction of teen suicide.
The New York Post reports that season three, which arrives Aug. 23, “will have one notable difference from the previous seasons: There will be no suicide. Instead, Season 3 will switch genres into murder-mystery territory, taking a leaf out of ‘Riverdale’s’ book as rapist Bryce Walker (Justin Prentice) dies, making Clay (Dylan Minnette) a suspect.”
The report adds: “Previous seasons of the show have explored the circumstances surrounding Hannah’s (Katherine Langford) suicide and how it impacted her community. Now, it’s veering into a suspenseful drama surrounding her rapist — whom she cited as one of her reasons for ending her life.”
The series has reportedly been one of the most popular on Netflix, which does not release viewer figures. The Post notes that about 6 million viewers reportedly tuned in for season two.