After eight seasons of playing "Dr. House" on the medical drama House, Hugh Laurie will have to say goodbye to his longtime character tonight when the show has its final episode. While Laurie had no real influence in the show's termination, is he content with the series finale?
In his usual blunt manner, Laurie didn't express overwhelming excitement for the show's termination but had no grievances about the show's final episode. "House makes the point himself that he would be doing a great disservice to his patients if he operated...in pain," he said. "The physical pain he endures was a greater obstacle to the practice of his art than the drugs he took. That's a simple enough argument and it's one that I accepted."
While he noted that creating memorable moments is more important than the overall design of the show, Laurie doesn't believe that House will be evaluated solely upon its series finale. "I don't think one judges an entire eight years based on how we execute the last 30 seconds," he said. "The eight years we've done will be the eight years we've done whether or not people are disappointed or satisfied by the last episode."
The English native stated that even after eight years of filming House, he still takes interest in the show's subject matter. "I still think of the essential medical mystery that's at the core of all these stories...[as] immensely satisfying," he said. "The hope that there are people who can explain the world...is a very comforting, satisfying one and I still delight in that."
Check out the full interview with Hugh Laurie about House and its season finale, which airs tonight (May 21) at 8 p.m. on FOX., in the video above.