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.
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.
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
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.