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There are many great TV programs, but there aren't many that are as emotionally hard hitting and sob inducing as Six Feet Under. That final episode is arguably the best thing I've ever witnessed on television; just the thought of the melancholic end montage, beautifully overlaid with the haunting and ever-so-fitting Sia song "Breathe Me," is enough to give me nostalgic goosebumps.

It's quite a feat to produce a series with such longevity that focuses on death. The show captures the process of losing a loved one, inspects its emotional intricacies, and places the effect it can have on those left behind under an unforgiving magnifying glass. Perhaps its unsurprising, then, that show's creator, Alan Ball, found the process of writing the show "cathartic."

Recently, at the New York Tribeca Film Festival, Ball provided an emotional commentary on that last episode.

'When I Wrote This Episode, I Cried'

Talking at the Tribeca Film Festival, while narrating over the final episode, Ball reflected on the personal impact delving into the world of undertaking had on him. He said:

“I remember when I wrote this episode I cried. Pretty much the last four episodes, people were crying all the time. But it was good. It was grief. It was letting go of something, and I think it informed the show in a way that was very organic because the show was about people who help us to face our grief. It was pretty cathartic.”

A show focusing on a dysfunctional family who run a funeral home was never going to be an easy ride.

Indeed, as much as the show is about death — each episode opened by showing a client's final moments — it is more about grief. Something that is paradoxically universal and personal. Ball himself used his real-life experience to channel into the show, saying:

“My sister died when I was 13. My father died when I was 19. So I had been to funerals, and I knew that sort of weird, surreal turn that life takes when somebody who was part of your life is all the sudden just not there.”

Now, it'd be impossible to discuss the show without including a clip of what could possibly be the most poignant scene on television, period. Get ready, though, because it's virtually impossible to watch without welling up:

Are you a fan of 'Six Feet Under'? If so, do you think the finale was one of the best in TV history?

Source: Entertainment Weekly


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