House Boss David Shore Answers Burning Finale Qs, Addresses Cuddy, Foreman, Kutner Mysteries

House Series FinaleAs of Monday’s finale, House is officially dead and buried — the show, not the title grump — and, in its wake, we’re left with eight years of memories and a dozen burning questions.

Now, the guy we have to thank for those memories, series creator David Shore, has volunteered to also solve — or at least address — the episode’s biggest mysteries.

So read on, then scroll down further for a photo gallery featuring highlights from last night’s swan song.

TVLINE | Was there ever a point where you thought about really killing him?
Yes. Everything was on the table. But it was considered for that long, partly because I want the series to live on. The idea of people thinking that House is dead is a weird thing to leave people with. It ultimately felt better to have him out there with Wilson doing who knows what. I thought that was a really nice thing to leave people with and to let them put their imprint on that in their own mind.

TVLINE | How did he manage to survive the floor collapsing in on him and the subsequent explosion?
It was supposed to be ambiguous as to whether the floor collapsed on him or in front of him; certainly it was nasty stuff. There are a few seconds between the collapse and the explosion. He narrowly got out the back.

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TVLINE | Was the homage to Sherlock Holmes famously faking his death intentional?
From the moment we had the idea, I was aware that that’s what Arthur Conan Doyle did and that did tickle me. We didn’t say, “That’s what Sherlock Holmes did — we should do that.”

TVLINE | Of all the cameos in the episode, which was the trickiest to coordinate/accommodate?
There were scheduling issues with everyone. It was very tricky. Because all of the actors had gone on and done really good stuff. My hat goes off to my old production crew for just physically putting that schedule together.

TVLINE | Is it fair to say that Stacy filled the Cuddy void in this episode?
I don’t want to make it seem like it was one or the other, but had [Lisa Edelstein been available] she might’ve done something [similar]. But we knew before we even had written it who we had available.

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TVLINE | I really liked how you made a point of showing that Cameron ends up happy and fulfilled in her personal life. Did you ever consider reuniting her with Chase in the end?
No, because there would’ve been too much backstory to fill in.

TVLINE | How did the fire in the abandoned building start?
It’s actually alluded to. There was more about it in the original cut of the episode. There is a reference to the fact that the guy fell asleep while smoking. That’s how he got the burns on his chest. He presumably passed out while on heroin and dropped the cigarette and the fire started.

TVLINE | What was the deal with the gum Kutner put on the POTW’s shoe?
[Laughs] You shouldn’t read too much into that. That just seemed amusing to have a hallucination chewing gum and interacting with the real world.

TVLINE | Why did you choose “Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)” for the final scene? Ever consider using “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” just to maintain the symmetry with the pilot?
We did consider that briefly. The Warren Zevon song that we used before it, I had wanted to use that; it just felt really nice. And then Hugh [Laurie] came to me one day while we were shooting [the episode] and said, “I have the perfect song for the final scene.” So I decided to stick two songs in there. We’re all about cutting against what people think we’re going to do. So going with this weird, uplifting song [about] dying had a really nice feeling to it.

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TVLINE | In the final moments, Foreman finds House’s nametag under his wobbly table. Does he know House is alive?
The notion is that Foreman had pieced it together and figured it out.

TVLINE | Lastly, what do you picture House doing once Wilson is dead?
I don’t know. That’s way down the road. And that’s not what it was about. The story is the story. And the story ends when the story ends.

TVLINE | Can you see revisiting this character in the future in some way?
I love this character. And I know Hugh loves this character. I keep it open, but the chances of that happening from a practical point of view are slim. I would hate to lock in my head, “I will never revisit this character again.” That would be a depressing idea to me.

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  1. foxviewer68 says:

    I enjoyed the series and the finally, especially the last 10 minutes or so. However, I think you can take the outcome two ways; 1. House cheats death, and spends the next 5 months touring the countryside with Wilson, or 2. House is dead, and Wilson getting a page from House, meeting him outside the apartment, and rinding off together is really Wilson hallucinating (sp). Notice the final motorcycle scene, both sart out riding together, then one speeds off up the road ahead of the other. Is this an indication that House is dead and that he is ahead up the road in the after life with Wilson just behind him? Would the writers of the show admit to this possibility? I think they leave it up to us, the viewers, to see is as we want to since either way, all the shows characters move on with life in peace. Time for all of us to leave it in peace as well. Thanks to all involved with a great show, and a special thanks to Mr. Laurie, you will be sorely missed on american TV sir.

    All the best!!

    • Matt says:

      I think it’s a nice thought, but I think it’s more of a symbol that it’s illegal (and unsafe) to ride side-by-side on motorcycles.

      • foxviewer68 says:

        Lol, very true, especially on a mountain road! I just like to think of the “what if” angle to this.

  2. Trish says:

    If not an autopsy done on the burn victim, then dental records would have proven the body was NOT that of House.

    • Rich says:

      Except that House switched medical records which he would have access to since he was treating the patient.

      • Trish says:

        But why would he have switched records unless he knew the patient was going to die soon, then set the fire to fake his own death.

  3. Rich says:

    I loved this show. Of course, not every episode was perfect. But compared to most other shows available today, the writing and the acting was far superior. Although there was a basic formula to most of the episodes, the character development and the interplay between characters was always interesting and didn’t insult the intelligence of the audience. I enjoyed that many episodes followed a theme that connected independent stories within the episodes. I related to the overall show because I saw it as an illustration of the search for meaning in life while trying to recognize and overcome personal flaws.

    I will miss this show. But I am glad that it ended before it fell into a recycling of the same old ideas and that the quest for money never outweighed the quest for quality.

  4. Kelly says:

    I thought it was excellent, it was nice to bring back people that had influenced House. The last part you had to think about, House proved that he could really care about someone else besides himself. He made the ultimate choice to be with Wilson during his last few months…House all along was a self centered individual and finally he was able to see things in a different light and truly care about someone.

  5. susan white says:

    Hey, I didn’t really like the finale. Look forward to a future follow-up program with Wilson in remission with House by his side getting into all sorts of antics and using their medical knowledge.

    If you didn’t like the series then why watch – there is plenty to choose from. That is what the remote is for – change the channel. We all have the right to like different stuff but don’t begrudge us the right to like House. Yes, it’s not for everyone. At least I am one fan and I hope to see more of House and Mr. Laurie in the future.

  6. Walt says:

    As someone who has followed House from the beginning I was initially satisfied with the ending. However, the more I thought about how his death would affect his mother the more I was disturbed by his actions. Losing a child is probably one of the worst possible things to endure. So while he’s out having fun his mother is in mourning. Would House really have thrown everything away for Wilson? I highly doubt it. People don’t change.

    • Elle says:

      Where did you get the idea that he EVER cared about his mother? I certainly didn’t get that idea. The only nice thing he ever said about her was, “she’s not as boring as I thought,” or something like that.

  7. Jim J. says:

    I loved the reference to Carpe Diem and Dead Poets Society, which Wilson was in and Carpe Diem is what lead Wilson to try out for the play which ultimately lead to his character committing suicide

  8. Scarlett says:

    Loved the series finale! A new favorite of mine in series finale’s I’ve watched. They hit all the right notes and for me at least, it left us with a perfect and satisfying ending that leaves the door open for the imagination to run free. Thanks Shore, Laurie, and the rest of the cast for 8 great seasons. Oh! And again thank you Hugh Laurie for the fantastic retrospective Swan Song; it was way better then I thought it would be. It was actually REALLY enjoyable and a touching & respectful goodbye.

    • Elle says:

      I still wish I knew the Kutner back-story, and am very disappointed that that was never explored or at the very least revealed in the last episode.

  9. azin says:

    It would be better if house was dead & normally walking house could be better if it was just in Wilson’s mind. Otherwise the ending won’t be strong as the rest of the episodes. It’s a dark tvshows, you can’t end it cheesy…

    • Elle says:

      Well, they did end it cheesy and most people liked it.

      I think there was a hidden agenda in the ending though. Follow me here: Wilson has 5 months to live. House told his hallucination of Cameron, “I can change.” House faked his own death, and, as Wilson says, he can never come back from that. It would add years to his jail term and he’d never be able to practice medicine again. So, as House said to Wilson, “I’m dead.” House had given up everything, finally and completely destroyed his own life so that he doesn’t have to go back to jail and can never practice medicine again. They are both dead men walking, in a way. Wilson tells House, “When the cancer gets bad…” House says, “Cancer is boring.” You can easily interpret this scene to mean that they are going off die do that double suicide everyone really wanted to see!

      I’m not a dark person, but after I thought about it for a couple of hours, running it over and over in my head, this is what I came up with. And I was utlimately disappointed in the ending at that point. Perhaps you can be happy with my interpretation of how they ended it? They both end up dead.

      I think it’s a terrible ending, and I wish I hadn’t thought about it so much. But everyone had me primed for the double-suicide, so I guess I was ready for it. But when you go back to the very first episode, House was a jerk, but at the end, he was at the soccer field (or maybe it was rugby or lacrosse?) and he was visualizing the life the boy he’d just saved would live.

      THAT was the House that I loved. They lost him somewhere along the way.

      • azin says:

        I never saw House as a jerk. I’m in pain myself most of the time, so can relate with him. I just wish I was a genius too.

  10. Elle says:

    I though it would have been great if the very last patient actually HAD sarcoidosis!

  11. Pauline P says:

    I loved the series and am still sad over its ending. I’d like to think that House did indeed change at the end because of his love for Wilson. But Wilson was his true crutch in life. When he is gone from House’s life, House will finally live up to his true potential as a caring human being.

  12. Lisa says:

    The ending has grown on me over time. I’m really happy with it. I imagine Foreman would clue Chase in at some point that House is alive, but he’d be the only one probably. The greatest Bromance on TV and they just showed how much he loves Wilson and needs to be there for him. It was so sweet. There were other guests I wish they’d gotten (the lady he fell in love with at the hospital, Cuddy, Tritter, Chi McBride, any of them really) but they got some great ones and I’m grateful for that. I’ll miss you, House! Best of luck to the cast and crew on future endeavors!

  13. Lauren says:

    totally agree with what the majority have said, to all those fans who have seen every episode of House it was the most fitting finale they could have produced. House was a groundbreaking show, Hugh Laurie was the only actor who could have played him. He IS House, and he was House to the very end.

  14. Chris says:

    You can’t always get what you want, but if try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.

  15. Com says:

    Cuddy was the love of House’s life

  16. bmoore says:

    I HAVE Sarcoidosis and was amused at how many times that disease was suggested over the years!

  17. Pat says:

    They finished up a great series with one of the best love stories in television,Wilson was the only one House truely loved and their love story set the bar really high in tv drama, Brilliantly told by DS and others,Its a shame they did not have another season to continue to explore it Should have had more seasons with these two, House and Wilson were the story,
    The finale summed up well -House rejects any conventional relationship as fantasy and decides to live for the one person he truely loves ironically by giving up his life for him! House would have done that for NO ONE but Wilson,Wilsons scene in Holding On in the car was one of the best love scenes Ive seen in television ,There have been many awful attempts at love scenes none with the impact this one had.RSL =Emmy for this,
    “I need you to tell me you love me” That translates into the most profound expression of love Ive seen a character do in a long time, He was telling House how much he loved him and needed him,Thank you DS for these amazing complex characters,
    Loved all the returning actors,,

  18. jhon says:

    Me gusto mucho Jennifer y Hugh ue muy bonito todos la echamos en falta fue la mejor !

  19. emilea says:

    I used to love this show, so much so that I have been watching even as it has become more and more melodramatic, and as all the best characters have left or been killed off. House’s acerbic personality and mischievous intelligence counteracted all of the bs melodrama. But lately the show has just been one big ball of suck all the time. It’s downer after downer – jail, cancer, the insanity with Cutty, and House getting called out on basically every thing he does. Let’s admit it: the fun part of the show was how House cheerfully flaunted the rules. The viewer was on his side because ultimately he was right. It might not have been all that realistic, but it was fun as hell to watch. That was the “verve” of the show. But some seriously ploddy, depressed/depressing, literally minded writers got their hands on this show one or two seasons ago and wrote it into the ground. Too bad they ruined it, there aren’t really any other intelligent characters like Gregory House on TV.

    • emilea says:

      Also, the two newest characters – both of the women doctors – are and always have been total anchors weighing down the show. Those characters are another example of the writers going waaayyy downhill: intended to bring new energy to the show, instead they are are the worst kind of moralistic: hesitant yet pendantic and flat-out boring. They don’t DO anything.

  20. Smartsler says:

    We’re all wish you to continue and make the next 9th , 10th … episode!!!!!

  21. Trish says:

    I’m glad they ended the series now instead of letting it drag out another couple of seasons like what happened with X-Files. Now, if they’ll just do the kind thing with Dexter…

  22. Julia says:

    I’m late getting to this discussion and have enjoyed reading all the comments. As a devoted fan of Dr. House(don’t we all wish we could find an s.o.b. doctor who actually helps us!), I’m even more loyal to Hugh Laurie and esp. Robert Sean Leonard(who is remarkable in everything he’s ever been in). Here’s the thing—after so looking forward to the finale, the phone rang…it was a long-lost friend, who, even tho I told her I had to get off to watch, just wouldn’t quit—so—help! Where can I watch or find a copy of the finale??

    Bon Voyage, House—what a class act!!

  23. amina says:

    excuse for my english but i’m french so.. i just wanted to ask one question i didn’t understand when shore answered the question is that foreman discovered taht house was alive or not?! thank you for your answer:)

  24. Yes, Foreman knew House was alive. David Shore has said so.

  25. It was pretty obvious by his expression, too.

  26. mellay says:

    which episode in house MD did foreman’s mention his mom death in front of the house department

  27. Pap Smear says:

    Final was low budget, sad and tired. Psycho babble, dream states, neither open or shut doors. Probably worst episode of whole series.
    Only saving grace, was Wilsons phone text message, and their ride off into the sunset, but bad song choice?

  28. Sherif Bugzy says:

    make the House movie “after Wilson’s death”…it will be the best longest most perfect House’s “episode” ever

  29. Julia says:

    I agree Bugzy, surely something like this is coming, and it’ll be superb. Reading back over some very creative and outrageous ideas about the future for the House bunch, I L’dOL at the one where they end up in the Amazon with nuns and jungle medicine! What a cool bunch of people on this thread:)

  30. John says:

    Well, I’ve been through the whole thing and come out the other end in tears. What an awesome series of series! Well done to all involved and thank you sincerely.

  31. 1) Why do all the questions on this forum not answer anything I need to know?
    2) Why Cameron not Cuddy in the hallucination House has at the end?
    3)Why can’t House just save Wilson again? Wither he is legally a doctor or not?

  32. Mary Hoffman says:

    House along with most of the other cast all brought unique attitudes and morals to the show. House himself is witty, rude , antagonistic etc but nevertheless dead on to reading the people around him and of course diagnostically . I enjoyed his refreshing honesty and unwillingness to succumb to society’s constant need to please others. If i were sick i would hope my doctor would stop at nothing to find a cure…bedside manner might be nice but it doesn’t necessarily get the job done.
    Btw…House’s character has never wavered. We all know what to expect when we tune in…most of us love him for it…those of you who are critics and don’t appreciate the show, Im quite certain you know how to turn the channel.

  33. julie says:

    Yea, pretty weird(ever notice this word doesn’t comply with the ‘i before e except after c and only in neighbor or neigh?!) that there are some of us still coming to this site—here’s my excuse. The writer in me has been obsessed with death as far back as childhood and supposed innocent games of cowboys and indians. I do have a life other than this obsession, but it is always lurking in the background in case I get a little too oblivious and contented:) So, I think it was simple genius that put together this contemplative finale, and then called it, ‘Everybody Dies.’ And, it was an extraordinary offering from a no-longer extraordinary medium. And…sometimes I just enjoy intelligent conversation.

  34. David says:

    The finale is ambiguous but I think House died for real. First we must remember that DYING CHANGES EVERYTHING. So House said “I can change” and so he died right after that. The two signals introduced in the episode that House could be still alive are ambiguous too. The text message could had be prepared hours before the death and the Foreman’s table be fixed either. The final meet with Wilson don’t show any eye contact not either fisical contact between then.

    I conclude that House died and the message of the show is that we must accept that because EVERYBODY DIES and keep our (boring) lives.

    David from Brazil

  35. julie guthrie says:

    I just watched the finale for the second time. I had been perusing the re-runs to catch it. Oddly, this watching, I tend to think that house died—everyone else’s continuing life is shown in a more two-dimensional way, than House and Wilson’s. They are the only two who end up together with no one else, and that because House could not have logistically placed ‘reminders’, Wilson is the only other one unaccounted for, and we know he is going to die soon. Thus, those two ‘go off alone.’ Funny…the first watching I truly felt they were alive(I think it might have something to do with that wonderful sign-off, “Enjoy Yourself!” Altogether, a yummy watching, again, because you just can’t get around it…everybody dies.

  36. pranav sharma says:

    You moron…. house is a lovely character…Some questions are there…where did cuddy go n where is house after Wilson die…. want 9th season of house… missing it

  37. Jill says:

    Why are People who died in series 3 now in series 4??

  38. Jill says:

    Why are the people who died in series 3 now in series 4?? I’m confused!!!

  39. Nathan Aronbayev says:

    Do you think it’s possible that you can make another season to sum everything up (all the unfinished business) for ex:) after Wilson’s death does house change emotionally or physically?

  40. House 4ever says:

    YO I’m Luvin All U Guys Comments #TrueHOUSEFANS Except The Moronic IDiot Shepard’s Comment. I’d Love To See A TV Show About House In Colleg Here In Baltimore At Johns Hopkins Before He Became A Doc At PPTH, I Know He Was Wild. It’s Be 3 years Since I’ve Been Watching House 3 Times A Day On Netflix (My Daily Ritual) & I Still Can’t Get Enough. I Truly Luv All The Die Hard House Fans I Know U Miss Him just Like U Do. REMEMBER!!! Everybody Lies And Every Body Lies

  41. Patti palardy says:

    I loved the House character and could have watched this series forever. I really wanted him to find true happiness. The ending was so sad to me. He deserved better.

  42. Patti palardy says:


  43. Lisa says:

    On the house series did the red Coffey cup have any meaning

  44. julia says:

    Have perused weekly marathons of House on different channels during the day, waiting for the last episode. I had forgotten how much knowledge, both literary and existential I had gotten from the better parts of the series, and the Finale is so uplifting and depressing and hopeful at the same time. One of the best Finales and tv writing ever! Everybody dies…so simple.

  45. RJ Hart says:

    This is such an unique opportunity to start another whole show based on a character who appeals to so many and I think this should transition house into an interesting excellent show about a guy starting over somewhere… the part that makes it a should be done thing is at no other time has there been a character whose backstory is laid out completely and so it’s almost an obligation to be the first to carry on a character like this. There may never be such an opportunity to seize such a mentally capable character when and if there ever was another character it would have been physical skills that carried them. This House character has so much potential and demand to fill the hole he has left in television.

  46. foo says:

    House should move to Canada and meed Dexter and become best friends..

  47. Vanessa says:

    Hey. It’s a tidy way to answer saying that whatever House does when Wilson dies is a long way off. But for people who’ve become invested in house over the eight seasons , knowing that he gave up his puzzle solving career And that he’s losing his only support system, we feel like it’s left us hanging imagining how he’s going to get on after Wilson dies .. after all it’s only going to be five short months that Wilson has to live.