Earlier this summer, “Parenthood” creator Jason Katims teased a larger storyline about shifting family dynamics that would change the course of the show and affect the Bravermans throughout the sixth and final season of the NBC drama.
But while many thought Katims was referring to a death in the family, what if he was referring to a birth?
“One of the things I wanted to do with the season was to find one larger story that influences everybody on the show,” he told reporters about “Parenthood’s” Season 6 arc. “It’s a huge challenge for this family and a kind we haven’t seen before. … I feel like we’re going to be telling a story this year that we haven’t been able to.”
Katims made a similarly cryptic comment in an interview with Buzzfeed over the summer, saying, “To me, ‘Parenthood’ is about, in a way, the cycle of life. You see these little kids become bigger kids and this season, you saw a shift in the patriarch going from Zeek to Adam [Peter Krause]. I think I would want the end to be about sort of that kind of change, that idea that something is passing and something is starting, something is beginning.”
After watching the Season 6 premiere, “Vegas,” it’s clear that aging Braverman patriarch Zeek — who collapsed during a surprise birthday trip to Sin City with daughter Sarah — is the prime candidate for death.
But what if Katims wasn’t being so cynical after all, and we all just jumped to the worst possible conclusion? What if he was referring to a new generation of Bravermans that would shift the age balance toward the younger family members?
Amber is pregnant, and it appears she’s hopeful (and terrified) but wants to keep the baby, even though she and Ryan aren’t together anymore. Instead of a season about death, what if Season 6 is about bringing new life into the world? And even if someone — even Zeek — dies, that horrible moment will be punctuated with a birth, which is something so joyful no one could be completely devastated.
It would be a fitting ending for a show that has beautifully documented life’s bittersweet moments for the past five years.
“Parenthood” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.