As we were shooting that final sequence in particular, something sort of “meta” happened. It had become like a family, we all working together on a thing. We had tremendous respect for each other. We liked each other. And it was fun to go to work, believe it or not, even though the subject matter was incredibly dark.
The last day of shooting was Claire and the Prius in the desert. I got to go up in a helicopter, which was really fun. (But everything else was actually shot throughout the episode by the time we got to the last day of filming.) When we wrapped, Lauren was emotional and she said, “It's so weird. It feels like I grew up on this show.”
My big emotional moment was when the family all gathered for dinner and toasted Nate. That certainly felt like you were saying goodbye to a big part of yourself. I started crying at the monitor.
I didn't watch it when it aired -- I had seen it probably 50 times at that point. There was no moment of, like, “Oh, wow,” but there certainly was an appreciation of how powerful the final scene was. I was relieved about that because it did seem to end in a way that felt satisfying and it’s so final
. It also maintained a lot of what the show is about, life in the constant presence of death.
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