‘Parenthood’ Farewell: Series Finale Welcomes Back Old Faces, Surprising Guests
Parenthood took its final bow Thursday night with the series finale, “May God Bless And Keep You Always,” and viewers said goodbye to the Bravermans.
Parenthood Finale Recap
The series finale of Parenthood focused on Sarah’s (Lauren Graham) wedding to Hank (Ray Romano). To ensure that the Braverman patriarch, Zeek (Craig T Nelson), could walk her down the aisle, Sarah has decided to move up the wedding. Hank asks Zeek for his blessing and Drew (Miles Heizer) to be his best man while Sarah enlists Kristina (Monica Potter), Jasmine (Joy Bryant), Camille (Bonnie Bedelia) and Amber (Mae Whitman) to help her plan a last minute wedding.
Meanwhile, Adam (Peter Krause) and Crosby (Dax Shepard) prepared to close the Lunchenette and both considered their next move. In the end, Crosby decided that he wanted to keep the business open by himself. He’ll rent out half the studios and the office space upstairs and keep the downstairs for himself and try to get the business up and running again. As for Adam, he considers a job working at a bottled water company, but then decides that he would be happier taking over the Chambers School from Kristina.
Finally, Joel (Sam Jaeger) and Julia (Erika Christensen) also got their happy ending when Victor’s (Xolo Maridueña) social worker calls with news that Victor’s mother has given birth to another baby, a little girl, and she wants Joel and Julia to have a chance to adopt her so that Victor and his half sister could grow up together. At first, the two are hesitant, but, after sleeping on it, they both decide they really, really want to adopt their new baby girl.
Parenthood ended with the entire Braverman family, including Haddie (Sarah Ramos), coming together at a baseball field sometime soon after Sarah’s wedding. Zeek has died and, as was his wish, the family gathered to spread his ashes on the field and then play a family game of baseball to remember him. A montage of flashforwards gave a glimpse into the future of the entire Braverman family.
Camille left the Bay Area and fulfilled her dream of traveling Europe, Crosby and Jasmine kept the Lunchenette open, and, a few years down the line, Jasmine is pregnant with her third child. Joel and Julia, meanwhile, adopted Victor’s half sister, and, maybe a few years later, had yet another child, rounding out their family of six. Sarah and Hank host a family dinner for their children, Ruby, Drew and Amber, who is married to a new man. Amber’s husband has a three-year-old daughter sitting on his lap, and follows Amber when she goes to the door to let Ryan in with her now three-year-old son, Zeek. It looks like Amber has not only moved on, but she and Ryan have found a way to co-parent their son. As for Max, he successfully graduated high school.
Jason Katims Talks Parenthood Finale
Showrunner Jason Katims said he felt the montage at the end was a way to both give fans an ending to the show and also let the show live on in the future.
“I like the idea of seeing the poignancy of Zeek passing away countered by all these very precious moments of seeing this family continuing to grow, thrive, evolve and go on. To me that is, in a weird way, what the whole show was about: No matter what happens, the strength of this family coming together,” Katims told The Hollywood Reporter.
Amber And Jason Street
Fans of Parenthood and Friday Night Lights immediately recognized Amber’s new man as Scott Porter, who starred as Jason Street on FNL, a show also created and run by Katims. Porter is the latest in a string of actors to make the move from FNL to Parenthood. In fact, Amber’s baby daddy and former fiancé, Ryan, is played by Matt Lauria, who also starred on Friday Night Lights as Ryan. Katims, who envisioned Amber marrying Porter’s character, also a single parent, said that Porter’s casting was a no brainer. “The casting was simple. I basically called Scott and asked him for that huge favor to come in and do that one moment. It was great. It wasn’t even a moment of hesitation. He said yes,” Katims told BuzzFeed.
— Scott Porter (@ScottPorter) January 30, 2015
#ParenthoodFarewell: The Cast Says Goodbye On Twitter
— Sarah Watson (@SarahWatson42) January 30, 2015
— Miles Heizer (@milesdheizer) January 30, 2015
Tonight is the series finale of Parenthood. Best 6 years of my life 🙂 let’s all watch and try to equal the viewership of a kardashian rerun
— dax shepard (@daxshepard1) January 29, 2015