’13 REASONS WHY’ Author Reveals It Had an Alternate Ending
Following the release of Netflix’s new series adaption, 13 REASONS WHY, author Jay Asher revealed in the 10th anniversary edition of the book of the same name, that Hannah survived in an earlier version of his story. In that version, Hannah attempted to end her life with pills, but her parents found her in time to take her to the hospital, where she was saved.
He told EW:
“I liked the idea of, ‘We’ve learned something from this. And yet, here’s a second chance. Knowing as well that it was going to be difficult when Hannah went back to school to have to deal with those kids. It’s not like everything’s smooth now. In fact, it might be even tenser for her. But now there’s Clay, who’s going to be upfront that he’s there for her.”
While it was an option, it was decided not to have had that ending in the final publishing.
“Out of seriousness for the issue, we realized we can’t go there. No matter that there were missed opportunities for her. Those opportunities aren’t there if you do this. Once I realized that the message of the story would be stronger and that it would definitely be more of a cautionary tale. I felt that was definitely the way to go. That’s why Skye’s character made a reappearance, which was cool to see her have a bigger role throughout the TV series.”
13 REASONS WHY tells the story of Hannah Baker, who commits suicide, leaving a box full of cassette tape listing the 13 reasons why she did, each addressed to a person she feels is responsible. Created by Tony-winning playwright Brian Yorkey, the series is executive produced by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) and Selena Gomez and based on the 2007 YA novel of the same name by Asher.
The first season of 13 episodes is currently streaming on the site.