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following the rules: the day the funerals died

I think there is some sort of law for people who have weblogs or internet journals to make a post to say that they did or did not watch the final episode of Six Feet Under last night on HBO. To keep the authorities at bay, I will now reveal that I watched it and thought that it was pretty good and that the last ten minutes were kind of weird but not completely unexpected given the history of the series.

That said, the extra fifteen minutes is bound to overshadow the hour of really nice work that came before them. Mostly, because I think that the final sequence raised unreliable narrator issues instead of providing closure, which may or may not have been the intention.

update: maybe or maybe not. Heather Havrilesky's interpretation was the same as mine [salon], but there are obituaries on the official site [hbo]. hmm.

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I've been asked three times today if I saw the finale of this show and I've never even viewed one episode. I'm looking forward to renting the DVDs and watching the whole series.
everyone seems overly obsessed with six feet under. I think it's pretty good, but am sort of surprised about how big of a deal people are making of the end of the series.
i put 6 feet under on hold at the library... i haven't seen a single episode
It's pretty good. Enjoy!

(Anonymous)

Six Feet Under

Don't agree with you on the final montage. Or with Heather H. I didn't percieve the montage as being presented from Claire's point of view. Yes, the montage is intercut with images of Claire's driving pensively, reflectively across the country, but that did not suggest to me that what we were seeing was through Claire's point of view. The clearness of the vision, its assertivelness left no doubt in my mind that what we were seeing was the vision of the most important character of all: the narrator...in this case, not an unreliable source, but an absolutely reliable source that simultaneously understood everything about the past, present and future. I thought it was a brilliant and deeply affecting ending.

Craig Lyall
Oakland CA