Okay, one more episode to go, and I'm thinking that like the characters caught off guard by Nate's demise on the show, my own feelings of loss will suprise me once this is all over.
But, my feelings are mixed. Once again last night I found myself skeptical about the scenes created for my favorite characters. Claire becomes a hysterical alcoholic pot head, but we don't actually see this happen, we have to take her annoying co-worker's word for it. Then she makes a scene in the driveway of the funeral home, not thinking for a moment about the fact that the owners of a car with a military sticker are there because their son is dead. She grew up in the business...I think she'd get this at some point. And once she is told, the scene ends without any chance for her to play off this sudden understanding of her own inappropriate behavior.
Brenda gets an inane incest fantasy--thank god it was a fantasy but stil...what the ??? And she decides to let Ruth keep Maya temporarily as if there is some black and white custody issue to resolve. Why not point out that Ruth needn't feel left out since Brenda is about to give birth to Ruth's second granddaughter and will surely be called upon to be involved with BOTH children. And what inspires this behavior? Nate's inane badgering from beyond the grave! Why would she listen to this ridiculous figment of her imagination after his heinous advice that she sleep with her brother? Even Brenda isn't that crazy.
But, I must remind myself that the reason I love this show is that is does drive me crazy.