While Six Feet Under has been a bit bumpy the last few seasons, the response to last night’s finale seems overwhelming positive. The Boston Globe feels “‘Six Feet Under” rode to an end with an operatic, bittersweet, and deeply satisfying climax,” while Chicago Tribune states that the show “concluded with class, voluminous surprise and a tempered hope” and Miami Herald says the “finale raises the bar with a perfect ending.”
SPOILERS: (If you haven’t seen the finale, you may want to read this later.)
The finale was indeed strongly appropriate for what has been an amazing five years, and with the episode opening with a birth instead of a death, illustrated nicely that there would be some sort of a happy ending for all the troubled characters.
What will be most remembered is the final scene, where every character’s death is shown as Claire takes the long drive to New York City to begin a new chapter in her life. The intriguing 6-minute epilogue, a haunting montage with the song ”Breathe Me” by Sia, has so much information about the character’s future lives that it is worth watching again. The Boston Globe offers some relevations that I missed: “Durrell went on to work at the funeral home with his father, David; that Anthony was gay; that Brenda found another man; that Ruth did indeed go on to start a doggie day-care center at her sister’s home.” (The HBO website offers more details with obituaries of all of the show’s characters.) The finale was as moving as anything I can recall on television, and keeping with the show’s premise, emphasized that in all of life’s beautiful, sad messiness there is the inevitable truth of one’s demise and that everything must end.