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'House' Series Finale: Who Returned, Who Died & How'd It All End?

Tue, May 22, 2012 6:30pm EDT by Andy Swift 46 Comments
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Plus, tell us: Were you satisfied with the final episode of ‘House’?

After eight seasons of misdiagnoses and drama, everyone wanted to know how Fox’s House would choose to end its run. Fans got their answer May 21, as the series finale found the troubled Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) ‘reuniting’ with former colleagues — including Once Upon A Time star Jennifer Morrison reprising her role as Dr. Cameron — and facing an uncertain future alongside Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), his best frenemy forever.

OK, here’s where the spoilers really start.

In a nutshell, the final episode involved House being trapped in a burning building, imagining people from various stages of his life appearing before him to give him advice. A funeral was then held for him after his body was discovered in the rubble. His friends and colleagues (sadly, Lisa Edelstein did not reprise her role as Cuddy) had mostly nice things to say during the service, except for Wilson. He called House an ass, then was interrupted by a text from — wait for it — House! It turns out he was very much alive, and merely swapped his dental records for a corpse in the building.

After a brief montage showing where House’s pals ended up — Chase (Jesse Spencer) took over House’s job, Cameron had a baby, etc. — the viewers were brought back to House and Wilson. Riding side-by-side on motorcycles, the two ‘friends’ ride off into the world together.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about the ending. A part of me thinks it would have been more fitting for House to actually die, and I’m sure that was strongly considered before eventually being vetoed. Regardless, I’m glad we got to see so many characters we’ve lost over the years, especially Cameron.

So what did you think of the House finale? Were you hoping for a different ending? Are you disappointed Cuddy didn’t return? Leave your reviews and reflections in the comments section below.

— Andy Swift

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