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    Posted on Jan 30, 2015

    The One "Parenthood" Detail That Predicted How The Series Would End

    WARNING: THIS POST IS ENTIRELY FILLED WITH SPOILERS FROM THE SERIES FINALE, "MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU ALWAYS." Double warning: It could break your tear ducts.

    It was absolutely heartbreaking to watch Camille Braverman (Bonnie Bedelia) realize her husband Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) had died one quiet afternoon in their living room in the final episode of Parenthood.

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    And though it certainly made any fan of the NBC family drama cry, it likely did not come as a big surprise.

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    After the fifth season aired, Parenthood showrunner Jason Katims told BuzzFeed News the sixth and final season would tackle the circle of life. And nearly every episode in the last season touched on the patriarch's failing health. In the Season 6 premiere, Zeek suffered a mini heart attack while celebrating his birthday in Las Vegas with his daughter Sarah (Lauren Graham). In the next episode ("Happy Birthday, Zeek"), his doctor told him he had exhausted all other, less invasive options, and needed to have heart surgery. But a strong-willed Zeek refused.

    But what many might have missed in the second episode of Season 6 was a very short but poignant scene between Adam (Peter Krause) and Zeek at his birthday party when Adam pleaded with his father to have the surgery.

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    Zeek then said exactly what his eldest son should do. And though it was just a passing moment, one that seemingly was never even shared with any other family members, the Bravermans honored Zeek's precise wishes in the series finale.

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    He most certainly did.

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