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Six Feet Under: ten Fisher family future details you didn't see last night

by Russell Shaw, posted Aug 22nd 2005 3:15PM

If you've watched last night's series-ending episode of Six Feet Under, you'll already know that the story line did not end with Claire Fisher driving to New York in pursuit of an art career. But even if you did watch the last ten minutes of "Everyone's Waiting" to see how each character is to die, I'll bet you missed some details that were not available until today. Read on for the scoop.
David and Claire Fisher
These extra details are available through a read of each main character's future obit, as posted this morning on the Six Feet Under section of the HBO site.

I've read these obituaries carefully. Here are ten things that even a careful viewing of last night's episode didn't tell you about the future of the Fishers and those who've loved them:

1. Ruth and George's marriage was not dissolved as of "Everyone's Waiting," but her 2025 obit reports George as her "companion." This sounds like they do get divorced, but are drawn back together through time.

2. Ruth goes into the pet care business in Topanga Canyon, (near her sister Sarah's house) and operates the pet home for 20 years.  Given that is a considerable drive from the Fisher home, it is easy to assume she moves out of her home at Fisher & Diaz shortly after the present time.

3. Maya and Willa- Nate's daughters by Lisa and Brenda respectively - are raised by Brenda. Because Brenda's 2051 obit does not mention any grandchildren, it's likely that neither Maya and Willa have any children.

4. Brenda goes on to a distinguished academic and research career in gifted children  issues.

5. Brenda remarries, and has one more child, Forrest. but does not have any more children. Although the timeline of her marriage is unclear, no other children could mean she married her second husband later in life.

6. Brenda's troubled brother Billy - often thought of as a candidate for suicide - apparently makes it through life mostly intact. Brenda's 2051 obit lists Billy as a survivor.

7. One of Keith and David's children becomes a parent himself by the time of Keith's violent death. By the time of David's death, there are three grandchildren.

8. David eventually remarries, finds a new partner, who survives him.

9. Federico and Vanessa open their own mortuary "this year," and they stay married until Federico's death.

10. Claire goes on to a distinguished photography and related academic career. She marries Ted, whose passing has preceded her death at age 101. Her obit does not mention children, so we can assume she and Ted  never had any.

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One thing that leaped out at me was that the scenery depicted in each death scene was not as futuristic as might be assumed. The hospital bed and medical equipment of 2025, or even 2085 (when Claire dies) looked quite like they do today. Not that medical science will not have evolved by leaps and bounds between then and now - but death will always be with us.

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I had no idea that in the final episode I would be watching how they all die. I should have figured, but after 5 years of watching them, the final episode was shocking and very sad. Not sure I would have watched it that night if I knew. I just was not ready to see that. Still sad.

August 30 2005 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It isn't indicated if only one of DAvid and Keith's sons had children. It could have been both, since we do see Durell (I think, he looks older) with a pregnant wife and other child, but Anthony could have adopted a child just as KEith and David did.

August 24 2005 at 9:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim Shore

One more thing: Its' possible that Claire was past her childbearing years when she married Ted. If the clips were shown in order, that would mean although Ted and Claire met up again at Ruth's funeral. It was over four years later, after Keith's murder, that they wed. Claire would have been at least 46, and I doubt she was the type to want a menopausal motherhood.

August 24 2005 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim Shore

I think that just because Brenda's obituary didn't list any grandchildren, doesn't mean she didn't have any. Some of the obituaries had more information than others. I think it just might mean that the writers hadn't hashed out the futures of Maya, Willa and Forrest.

August 24 2005 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great post! Here are a few more nitpicks: Ruth has moved out of Fisher & Sons during the finale. She tells Claire that she's moving into Sarah's house in Topanga Canyon, and her reaction to the "100% gay" remodeling suggests she's been out of the house for some time by the end of the episode. Billy is talking at Brenda when she dies, so it's pretty obvious he's a survivor. In the Alan Ball Fresh Air interview, he said he thought Brenda remarried twice, but I don't think there's any way to get that out of the episode or her obituary. Her second marriage must have been a quick rebound thing, as her son has the same surname as the man she was married to at her death.

August 24 2005 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My guess is Maggie was doing pharmaceutical rep. thing. She was dressed very nicely.

August 24 2005 at 3:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

what was Maggie doing at a doctor's office when Ruth reached her on her cell phone to ask if Nate was happy the night he collasped? Had she resumed her career as a pharmaceutical rep. or was she visiting a obgyn to see if she's carrying Nate's baby?

August 24 2005 at 5:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I believe that Claire was already dead and her life was flashing in front of her. Remember what Nate said to her you can't take a picture its already gone.

August 24 2005 at 12:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

One of the reasons the furnishings don't seem futuristic is that we are seeing them in Claire's imagination, not in the actual future. At least that's how I saw it.

August 23 2005 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i thought they made it pretty clear (in the episode, prior to the deat montage) that ruth moved in with sarah and started the doggy-day care biz.

August 23 2005 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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