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Peter Krause "Six Feet Under": Adam Braverman, "Parenthood" It's sometimes hard to remember that the same actor that brings us wholesome super Dad Adam Braverman on "Parenthood" also brought us the prickly Nate Fishermain character and eldest son of the Fisher family on "Six Feet Under. Nate's eventual passing toward the end of the last season still goes down in history as one of the most satisfying, show-appropriate TV lead deaths of all time.
It's a testament to Krause's ability that his next role diverged so heavily from Nate's out-of-sorts existential persona -- though both the actor's "Six Feet Under" character and his chipper-to-the-point-of-irritation Adam share the quality of staying lovable despite their very different flaws. Rachel Griffiths "Six Feet Under": Sarah Walker, "Brothers and Sisters" Brenda Chenowith is the certified genius with an array of emotional issues that Griffiths plays with aplomb throughout the series' five-season run.
The product of two psychologist parents, Brenda's analytical tendencies clash with the repressed behavior of the Fisher family, whom she knows through her intense on-again off-again relationship with Nate. Soon after the series ended, Griffiths began another long-term TV commitment, gaining recognition and acclaim over five seasons for her work as Sarah Walker on ABC drama "Brothers and Sisters. But he is actually an accomplished screenwriter, director and actor in his own rightand has already had experience performing on an acclaimed HBO drama.
Whether or not you'd heard of him until recently, the actor feels secure in the choices he's made throughout his career: Sex with Nate has all but subsided when Brenda begins a friendship with a client who is a prostitute. Brenda finds herself inspired by her new friend and eventually performs a handjob on one of her clients. Brenda then begins having more random encounters with men outside of her relationship with Nate until it escalates into sexual addiction. Later Nate admits that he cheated on Brenda with Lisa, an old friend from Seattle, and the infidelity resulted in Lisa becoming pregnant.
Brenda begins having sex in public areas, attending sex-themed parties and inviting strangers into her home. She details all of these accounts in her novel and Nate eventually discovers that Brenda's writings are not fictional.
The two argue before Nate ends the engagement and storms off. Nate and Brenda have one last meeting, Brenda admits her sexual addiction and asks Nate if she can be there when he undergoes brain surgery. Brenda packs up her things and leaves her home. Brenda is next seen returning to Los Angeles after a lengthy absence. The reason for her return is initially unknown, but Brenda seems to be fully cured of her addictions. She makes amends with Nate, but discovers that he is now married to Lisa.
Nate attends the funeral with his new daughter, Maya, much to Lisa's chagrin. She begins a friendship with Joe, a man who lives across the courtyard from her at her new apartment complex. Things grow complicated when Nate and Brenda share a kiss and even more complicated when Lisa goes missing without a trace. During this time, Brenda assists Nate's sister, Claire, in receiving an abortion.
Lisa eventually turns up dead and Nate shows up at Brenda's doorstep badly beaten. By this point, Brenda and Joe have developed a relationship. Things escalate quickly and the two move in together and begin trying to have a child. Brenda reverts to old habits when she begins sleeping with Nate out of fear of committing to Joe. She admits to sleeping with another man to Joe, and the two attempt to stay together despite Brenda's infidelity.
Joe walks in on Brenda and Nate about to have sex and breaks it off with Brenda, permanently. He doesn't want to suffer any more, while Brenda is ready to suffer whatever it takes to ensure that she has a child. One of the notable scenes here is when Maggie tells Nate that, though it was hard, she never regrets having her son. Yet, Nate skews the information, telling Brenda that Maggie said it was very difficult and trying. Nate sees Maggie as a pure soul, someone who seeks the same peace that he is after, largely because she is the only on who has been through comprable suffering.
The fact that he thinks so highly of Maggie, and speaks of her as an authority, is what bothers Brenda and causes her to lash out at Nate for the relationship they have. Maggie has the purity that she is so self conscious about lacking. This leads to 'Singing for Our Lives,' where Nate is drawn to Quaker spirituality, the quiet, introspective moments he spends in the Quaker church a refuge from the troubles he has at home. Even though he brings Brenda with him to the church, he is more engaged with Maggie while he is there.
This irks Brenda, and causes her and Nate to discuss her views on spirituality.
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Her confirmed atheism seems so hollow next to Maggie's deep spiritual commitment, and with his new peace-seeking incarnation, Nate cannot respond to the negativity inherent in a view of the world where nothing we do matters.
Nate is always searching for a higher purpose, that's what drives him away from home, and it's what makes him unable to sustain longterm relationships. In 'All Alone,' Brenda tells Maggie that Nate wanted someone who would make him feel like a better man than he was, and that's a large part of what draws him to her. He idealizes her, much like he idealized Brenda when he was with Lisa.
Maggie is peaceful, giving not demanding, and seems to genuinely like him, whereas Brenda seems only to demand things from him. When Nate finally does sleep with Maggie, they both see it as a sacred union. It's not tawdry adultery, it's the merging of two souls in a peaceful place. However, Nate's decision to sleep with Maggie is another example of him running away from problems. Even though Brenda had nothing but disdain for the Quaker church, she saw how important it was to Nate and decided to make a sacrifice and go to the service for him.
Nate is unable to make a similar sacrifice for her, he acts on his own selfish impulses, never content with where he is, always searching for a better, more fulfilling life. Nate's collapse at Maggie's is timed such that it seems to punish him for what he's done.
In breaking his bond with Brenda, he has been struck down. However, he survives and with this second chance, he would have the opportunity for redemption, to apologize to Brenda and heal his life. However, in one of the most controversial things surrounding the character, even as he lies in a coma, Nate imagines another alternate life, one where he and Maggie are together and he breaks up with Brenda, deciding to move to a place of peace.
I think Nate genuinely believes that he and Maggie are perfect for each other, even more so than he once thought Brenda a perfect partner.
However, in both cases, he has constructed idealized images to suit what he needed at the time. In seasons one and two, Nate was getting drawn into a more and more conventional life and it is Brenda who provides the rebellious fire that keeps the drifting part of his soul alive. By the fifth season, Nate has been through so many awful occurrences and is continually confronted with strife at home, so he turns Maggie into this peaceful sanctuary.
In the long term, it's likely her own insecurities would come to the surface and cause Nate to seek someone else, however, part of me wants to believe if Nate did survive, he and Maggie would have made it.
They are both at a similar place in their lives and want the same thing. The events of 'Ecotone' clearly demonstrate that Nate is not sorry for what he's done.
He flirts with Maggie in his hospital bed, and then, in a very cutting scene, breaks up with Brenda, his pregnant wife. His points are logical, they have been through so much trauma, maybe they aren't right for each other. Brenda tells him that he's just a narcissist, and will never be happy with anyone but himself.
In light of past experience, this is probably true. His two long term relationships have failed miserably, all because Nate was unwilling to give of himself to make them work. So, this brings us to the inevitable, this show's driving force, death. The final scene of Ecotone is one of my favorites in the whole series. Continuing the birds as death motif, we see David and Nate watching a nature documentary about bird migration.
From there, they enter into an odd shared dream sequence. The meaning of this dream is rather unclear, but I'll give my interpretation of it. The world we see is another parallel universe, but like in Perfect Circles, Nate has memory of the 'real world,' in which he lived during the series.
However, the Nate of this world seems to be one who hasn't been through all the traumas that Nate has been throughout the series, it's a fantasy of a world where he and David have no problems and can go surfing.
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He's wearing the running clothes that he wore a lot at the beginning of the series, and very rarely in the later years. So, this indicates a younger, freer Nate. Perhaps this is the life he always really wanted. The version of David here is a bit tougher to figure out, I think he's partially meant to be a composite of David and Claire.
The orange hair and weed smoking indicate Claire, though she's not quite that surfer. So, perhaps this is David's fantasy as well, that he could be freed of the inhibitions and guardedness that locks him during the series.
These characters actually seem to belong to a younger David and Nate. Despite all that's happened to them, I don't think that David or Nate would actually want to undo the past five years, Nate for Maya and David for Keith. But at the same time, they can relax into these old fantasies, visions of a simpler life, and together in the back of the van, they're happier than we've ever seen them. I'm pretty sure the van they're driving in is the same van from 'That's My Dog,' and the reconfiguration of it here as a tricked out hippie van indicates more revisionism, undoing the dark events of recent years, replacing it with this idealized fantasy version.
They reach the ocean and here we return to the metaphor of 'In the Game. In this moment, Nate consciously chooses not to hold onto the pain and suffering. While I wouldn't say that Nate is happy to die, I do think that at this moment he is at peace. He is no longer trying to live through the conflict with Brenda, he has freed himself from that relationship, and no longer has the energy to fight. It's sad, but Nate is really worn down over the course of the series.
The person who feared death so much early in the series, because he had so much to live for, has been reduced to someone who runs from the fire.
That is why he goes off into the water. The implications of this are made clear when we see regular David return and get offered crack by Nathaniel.
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So, refusing to go into the water, he's again confronted with the pain of this world, the worst thing he ever experienced. I think it's this moment that causes him to have a whole bunch of problems in the next couple of episodes rather than the pain caused by Nate's death. But, that's for another post. So, it would seem that Nate's journey has reached an end, he's willing to accept death and goes off into the great unknown.
A critical character point is revealed in 'All Alone,' when Maggie goes to apologize to Brenda, but Brenda tells her "He didn't really love you, he only loved himself. He was always searching, never content to compromise and live with what was given to him.
I don't think this is such a bad trait, and even though what he does to Brenda at the end is extremely harsh, it's the first time he's really being honest, he's telling her what he could never tell Lisa, honestly expressing his feelings about their relationship in a peaceful manner, rather than a shouting match. As the series ends, we see everyone making compromises to create relationships that work. George may not be perfect, but Ruth finds love with him.
Brenda has to give up some of herself to raise Maya and Willa, but she does it. At the end of the series, we see a new family constructed. Nathaniel's absence cast a shadow over the entire series, and Nate was continually being forced into the role of patriarch, a role he did not want. He was not a family man, he was an idealist, always searching to better himself, and that meant he could not make a relationship or family work. In his absence, a new family is built, and only when Nate died could that happen.
Ruth and Brenda connected in his absence, and the Chenowiths and Fishers finally really came together. While Peter Krause does appear a whole bunch of times in those final episodes, there are only two appearances I would consider to be the real Nate.