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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 17, 2013 at 10:11 AM

That ‘Six Feet Under’ finale

It’s been eight years, but the final episode — specifically, the final seven minutes — of HBO’s wonderful series “Six Feet Under” is still very much with me. Today it’s being showcased in Vulture’s “Micro Oral Histories” series, with the show’s creator Alan Ball and members of the cast and crew talking about the making of that episode. The show, which ran five seasons from 2001 to 2005, ended with an episode called “Everyone’s Waiting” — called by many (and I wouldn’t argue, not a bit) the greatest TV finale ever. As was appropriate for a show set in a funeral home, the ending showed us everyone’s death, through artful flash-forward as its youngest main character, Claire Fisher, drove away from her childhood home to a new life as an artist in New York. That sounds awfully downbeat, but strangely it isn’t; the use of the music (Sia’s “Breathe Me”), the deaths both poignant (David, in his final breath, sees his great love Keith, young and beautiful again) and funny (Brenda gets, quite literally, bored to death by her brother Billy), the whole thing a wonderfully emotional experience. I just watched it again and had a nice little cry, right here at my desk. (I’m not alone; Lauren Ambrose, who played Claire, still cries when she talks about it.) If you never saw the show, it’s well worth a binge-watch; if you loved it, you’ll enjoy seeing its last moments again (and reading about the stories behind it).

 

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